Pioneers Heating and Air recently completed an AC maintenance project in South Pasadena, CA. The goal of the project was to improve the performance of the client’s cooling systems. To begin work, our skilled technicians carefully checked the rooftop unit on the client’s home. By merely looking at the dirt and filth on the filters, we could say that they were long overdue for replacement. We let the client know how much better its performance would improve if we replaced the filters, and they agreed to get it done.
We removed the old, clogged AC filters and replaced them with new, high-quality ones. This process entailed searching for the right size and type of filters to fit the client’s air conditioning system. We also tested the new filters thoroughly and checked the air quality. All these steps were done to ensure their AC unit worked and to see how much better it got. The result? Improved airflow and top-notch cooling made everyone in the house feel more comfy than ever. We get the job done thanks to our HVAC expertise and commitment to making customers happy.
When we think of air filters, we usually think of air purifiers or standalone units. However, the humble AC filters take center stage in terms of maintaining healthy indoor environments. These simple components work quietly to trap allergens, pollutants, and dust that would otherwise move freely through our living areas. The AC filter protects against dust, pet hair, mold spores, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). That keeps the air we breathe fresh, clean, and safe. The importance of AC screens cannot be overstated, as their impact extends far beyond mere comfort.
Several signs indicate that an air conditioning (AC) filter needs to be changed. Here are some common warning signs:
Reduced airflow: If you notice less air going out of your AC vents, it could be because your filter is clogged, making it hard for air to get through.
Poor air quality: A dirty or clogged filter can no longer effectively capture dust, allergens, and other airborne particles. As a result, you may notice a drop in indoor air quality, such as increased dust, musty odors, or allergy symptoms.
Ice formation: Ice can form when a dirty filter blocks the airflow. That can lead to the evaporator coil freezing. If you see ice forming on the indoor unit or the lines that carry refrigerant, it is a good sign that you must change the filter.
To replace rooftop unit filters, follow these general steps:
Safety first: Before starting any maintenance job, ensure safety. Put on the right safety gear, like gloves and safety glasses. Be careful while accessing the rooftop.
Turn off the unit: To avoid electrical accidents, find the rooftop unit’s main power switch or circuit breaker and turn it off.
Access the filter compartment: Depending on the make and model of the rooftop unit, the filter compartment may be located on the side or inside a panel. Remove any screws, latches, or clips that secure the panel and carefully open it to access the filters.
Remove the old filters: Note where and how the filters are currently set up. Frames or tracks often hold filters in place. Slide or lift the filters out of their holes carefully, not damaging the filters or the parts around them.
Clean the filter compartment: While the filters are out, clean the filter compartment. You can use a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner to clean out the area of dust, dirt, and other unwanted things. Check if the area is clean and free of anything that could get in the way.
Install new filters: Take the new filters and make sure they are the right size and type for your rooftop unit. Refer to the directions or markings on the filters to figure out which way is up. Slide the filters back into their rightful places and see if they fit well.
Close the filter compartment: Once the filters are in the right place, close and lock the filter compartment panel by returning any screws, latches, or clips taken out earlier.
Restore power: Bring the power back on by returning to the main power switch or circuit breaker and turning it back on. That will turn on the power to the rooftop unit.
It is important to note that the steps may differ depending on the rooftop unit type and brand. Always look at the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for your particular unit to ensure you replace the filter correctly.
Are you in need of HVAC assistance? Do not hesitate to reach out to Pioneers Heating and Air. We are a BBB-rated HVAC service company dedicated to serving the communities of South Pasadena and San Marino, CA. As part of our wide range of HVAC services, we change filters to make sure the indoor air you breathe is clean and healthy. Call us today to discuss prices and availability and witness how professional we are.