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

One of the most basic concerns that we hear about at Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus is dusty air filters. They might seem like a very tiny piece of the big home comfort puzzle, but the role they play in helping us control comfort is a lot bigger than most homeowners recognize. Regardless if it is cooling season or heating season, having a filthy air filter can cause a host of problems for your heating and AC system.  

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

  • Decreased airflow. This is easily the largest problem you’ll note when your home’s air filter is very clogged. The longer the air filter goes without being switched, the more dirt, dust and other particles build up. Of course, this inhibits air from passing through the filter as it should, meaning your system is working significantly harder to give you the same amount of air.  
  • Frozen coil. If your system is running harder because of a filthy air filter, you also run the danger of having the cooling coil freeze inside of the system, because it’s running overtime to leave you with cool air.  
  • Total loss of cooling or heating. This is also a probability if your air filter goes neglected for months and months on end. In essence, you will have worked your system so hard that something breaks 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 shorter equipment lifecycle  
  • Reduced energy efficiency  
  • Decreased 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 potential damage that may come with a filthy 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 we have, give Stevenson Service Experts a call at 614-334-3192 or schedule an appointment online

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