What Happens When You Don’t Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter  

One of the most basic issues that we encounter at Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus is dirty air filters. They can seem like a very small piece of the whole home comfort puzzle, but the role they play in helping us create comfort is a lot bigger than most homeowners realize. Regardless if it is cooling season or heating season, having a clogged air filter can cause a variety of concerns for your heating and AC system.  

So what exactly happens when you don’t remember to switch out your air filter? Here are a just a couple of the side effects you might encounter:  

  • Decreased airflow. This is easily the biggest headache you’ll notice when your home’s air filter is very clogged. The longer the air filter goes without being swapped out, the more dirt, dust and other particles build up. Of course, this prevents air from passing through the filter as it should, meaning your system is working significantly harder to leave you with the same amount of air.  
  • Frozen coil. If your system is operating harder due to a clogged air filter, you also run the chance of having the cooling coil freeze inside of the system, because it’s working overtime to give you cool air.  
  • Total loss of cooling or heating. This is also a threat if your air filter goes unchanged for months and months on end. In essence, you will have worked your system so hard that something quits working or wears out and needs to be replaced or serviced.  
  • Short cycling. Short cycling means the heating and cooling system turns on and off all the time. When your system short cycles, it can overheat or break down from the added work, which could end up causing damage to your system.  

In addition to these, you can also expect:  

  • A shortened equipment lifecycle  
  • Reduced energy efficiency  
  • Decreased air quality  
  • Increase in dust and debris  
  • Lack of comfort  

If you’re not sure when you last changed your air filter, it may be a good time to do so in order to get around any potential damage that could come with a clogged air filter. If you don’t know where your home’s air filter is located or you simply have a question about the variety of air filters available, give Stevenson Service Experts a call at 614-334-3192 or schedule an appointment online

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