A clogged, dusty and dirty air filter in your central air conditioning unit is a common problem most homeowners face. This is an issue that can easily be addressed simply by replacing it periodically. However, if you notice that you have a wet, soggy filter, this could indicate a problem with your unit, so it’s a legitimate cause for concern.
In today’s post, M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co. explains what causes wet filters and why this should be addressed immediately.
Why Worry About a Wet Filter?
Most AC units need to have the filter replaced every 30 to 90 days. This is a fairly simple task that isn’t really a problem for the average homeowner, but if you change your filter and notice that it’s damp or even soaking wet, then you should definitely have your unit checked.
Your air filter is designed to trap dust and allergens as air circulates around your house. A wet filter will have a difficult time trapping these harmful particles, and can even hamper proper airflow, causing your unit to work harder and shorten its service life.
Additionally, a wet filter on your heating and air conditioning unit is likely to develop mold, which can cause a variety of health problems, such as a stuffy nose, wheezing, and red, itchy eyes.
Why Call in the Pros?
A wet air filter is your HVAC system’s way of telling you that there’s something wrong with it. It can indicate anything from a faulty installation to a crack in your condenser line. Unfortunately, these problems will necessitate a visit from an HVAC repair expert. If left unchecked, they can lead to bigger problems or even cause your unit to fail.
If you’re having this problem with your unit, be sure to call M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co. at (209) 952-6580 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free inspection with one of our experts.