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Your AC Filter Replacement Guide

There are three certainties in life—death, taxes, and the fact that you need to replace your air conditioner’s air filter. There’s no getting around this concept, no matter how clean you think your indoor air quality is. These filters are meant to get clogged up, so the sensitive components of your air conditioner can remain dirt, dust, and debris-free! It’s just responsible as an air conditioner owner to replace the filter when you need to.

So, as your neighborhood HVAC specialists, we’d like to talk about your air conditioning in Essex County. More specifically, we’d like to put together a step by step guide for you to follow when the time comes for your air conditioner’s filter to be replaced.

Are you nervous about replacing the filter? Or perhaps you’ve just never done it before? Don’t panic, it’s going to be just fine. This is a simple procedure that takes a few minutes. Keep reading to learn how.

Follow Closely

Replacing your air conditioner’s air filter is going to require a little bit of precision. You don’t want to stick your hands anywhere they shouldn’t be, so you’re better off following along with our step by step guide. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated.

Step 1: Turn the System Off

Before you do anything, it’s always a good idea to turn your air conditioner off before you complete this process. You wouldn’t keep your car running at the gas station while you fill it up, would you?

Step 2: Locate the Air Filter

The air filter is located in the return air ducts. This location can be found easily in your air conditioner’s manual, but to be more specific, it’s where your indoor air is taken in to be cooled by the system. Once you’ve located the return air duct, your air filter should be somewhere inside and labeled for easy access.

Step 3: Remove the Air Filter

While removing the air filter sounds easy enough, we can’t help but urge you to be careful. If it won’t budge or is giving you some resistance, you might be better off calling for our help. Don’t force things or touch things that you’re unsure about. When in doubt, give us a call!

Step 4: Replace or Clean the Filter

This step is important. You need to figure out whether or not your air conditioner’s filter is disposable or replaceable. If it’s disposable, you’re going to need to throw it out and pick up a new air filter that’s the exact same size and material. If it’s replaceable, you can just rinse it off or scrub it off the same way you would your clothes dryer filter.

Step 5: Reinsert the Filter

Make sure when you’re putting the new or old air filter back in the system, that it’s facing the right way! This can usually be done by taking note of which way it was facing when you removed it. An air filter that faces the wrong way will not work as effectively!

Step 6: Turn on the System

Once your air filter is securely put in place, turn your air conditioner on and see if you can feel the difference! If something doesn’t feel right, make sure you call us so we can diagnose the problem.

The folks at Margo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. are the experts on home air conditioning. If you contact us, we can help you.

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