When it comes to keeping your air conditioner up and running at both peak efficiency and performance levels, routine maintenance is the name of the game. The summers around here are way too long and way too intense to put your air conditioning system at risk due to subpar maintenance practices. In fact, you are likely using your air conditioner throughout most of the year.

Man changing air filter

One thing that you should also keep in mind is the fact that your air filter should not only be changed during annual AC maintenance. Keeping a clean air filter in your AC in Miami, FL is the most effective way in which you yourself can protect your AC and its performance.

What Problems Can a Dirty Filter Cause?

If your air filter is very dirty, it can cause your air conditioner to operate at reduced efficiency levels. This will likely leave you paying more for a lesser cooling output. The airflow resistance created by a clogged up filter will cause your air conditioner to work harder than it should have to when cooling your home.

Additionally, the reduced airflow can lead to issues with the icing of your evaporator coil. Your AC does not generate cooled air, of course. Instead, it keeps your home comfortable by drawing heat out of the air already in your home. If your evaporator coil gets too cold due to reduced airflow, the condensation on it can freeze. This will only further impede the operation of your air conditioning system.

Finally, there is your indoor air quality to consider. The filter in your AC is really there to protect the air conditioner itself, not the air quality throughout your home. However, if the filter is too dirty, air may force its way around it, and your air quality may be compromised by pollutants doing the same.

Contact One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating® of Miami when you want truly outstanding air conditioning maintenance.