Air filters play a crucial role in the proper operation of your HVAC system. Regularly cleaning or replacing your air filter helps maintain your heating system. Below is a discussion of how dirty air filters shorten the life of your HVAC system in Baton Rouge, LA.

Reduced Airflow

Dirty air filters are the main cause of HVAC systems failures. They make it harder for your system to work properly by restricting airflow. If your system strains to supply air, it increases the wear and tear of its components, including overheating and burnout of the fan motor.

Such constraints cause regular problems and can lead to a total breakdown. A clean air filter not only increases the lifespan of your HVAC unit but also helps reduce the buildup of dust and debris in the internal components. Proper maintenance and air filter replacement are the best ways to extend the lifespan of your HVAC unit.

Short Cycling

Occasional on and off cycles of your HVAC system are normal throughout the day. However, dirty air filters cause more frequent cycles, which leads to noise pollution as well as wear and tear. Frequent cycles may also lead to energy wastage and an uncomfortable change in temperatures. Such cycles lead to a system breakdown.

Furnace Failure

Dirty air filters cause damage to the furnace. Remember that clogged air filters are the main cause of equipment failure, and your furnace is not an exception. An overworked blower can fail and wreak havoc on your HVAC system, which leads to costly replacements and repairs.

Frozen HVAC Unit

Clean filters allow air to flow easily in and out. A dirty air filter, however, restricts the flow of cold air and causes it to build up and lower temperatures inside the HVAC system. During the winter, the cold air builds up and clogs, forming ice on the system coils.

The ice reduces the efficiency of your HVAC system and halts the system completely. Changing your system’s air filters will greatly reduce the risk of freezing and increase its lifespan.

If you need to keep your HVAC unit running smoothly, contact Central Heating & Air for maintenance services. We recommend regular replacement of air filters to prevent costly breakdowns of your system.

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