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Sep 21 2017

How Fresh Air Filters Could Save Your HVAC from Major Repairs

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Maintenance agreements keep your furnace and AC in working order. When was the last time you bothered to switch your air filter or schedule a maintenance visit? If you're like the average homeowner, it completely slipped your mind - and you've been using the same dusty filter for months, even years.

In failing to switch out your filter, you could leave your HVAC system in great peril. Stick with the same filter too long, and you could find yourself handing over some major cash for repairs.

Avoiding Air Conditioner Shut-Down

Over time, air conditioner filters gather dust and dirt. Eventually, this buildup may cause coils to freeze due to inadequate air flow. Located within the indoor portion of the conditioner, these coils absorb heat from the air handler's return air. Ordinarily, condensation drips off the air conditioner in the midst of this process, and while this is generally not a problem, it can be if the air conditioner houses significant grime.

Overheating System

Old air filters force furnaces to worker harder, as air simply cannot pass accumulated dust. Eventually, this problem leads to overheating. At best, overheating will result in major repairs, but in some situations, it could necessitate complete furnace replacement - a significant, but easily avoided investment.

Aim to replace your air filters at least once every three months, or even more frequently for air conditioners in the summer and furnaces in the winter. Frequency will depend somewhat on the type of furnace or air conditioner you purchase, along with local weather patterns. Your HVAC technician can provide a better idea of how often your system needs air filter updates.

Regular maintenance through maintenance agreements can make all the difference for your heating and cooling system, so contact the experts at Comfort Services to schedule an HVAC inspection today.

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