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

One of the most routine problems that we encounter at Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus is dusty air filters. They may 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 larger than most homeowners recognize. Regardless if it is cooling season or heating season, having a filthy air filter can cause a host of issues for your heating and AC system.  

So what exactly happens when you forget to swap out your air filter? Here are a just a handful of the side effects you could encounter:  

  • Decreased airflow. This is easily the biggest issue you’ll note when your home’s air filter is badly clogged. The longer the air filter goes without being switched, the more dirt, dust and other particles build up. Of course, this hinders air from passing through the filter as it should, meaning your system is working quite a bit harder to give you the same amount of air.  
  • Frozen coil. If your system is working harder because of a dirty air filter, you also run the danger of having the cooling coil freeze inside of the system, because it’s operating overtime to provide you with cool air.  
  • Total loss of cooling or heating. This is also a possibility if your air filter goes unattended 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, possibly causing damage to your system.  

In addition to these, you can also expect:  

  • A shortened equipment lifecycle  
  • Reduced energy efficiency  
  • Lower air quality  
  • More dust and debris  
  • Lack of comfort  

If you’re not sure when you last switched out your air filter, it may be a good time to do so in order to get around any possible damage that might 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 various air filters available, give Stevenson Service Experts a call at 614-334-3192 or schedule an appointment online

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