What to Do When You Notice Your Air Filter Is Wet

July 29, 2015
Ross and Witmer

If you notice that your air conditioner isn’t working as expected, one of the first steps to determine the problem is to check the air filter. A wet air filter can cause issues and will prevent conditioned air from circulating throughout your home. Here’s what you should do if you find a wet air filter when you’re inspecting your cooling system.

Steps to Take

Understanding what’s causing the issue can help you determine what steps need to be taken when you’re dealing with an air filter that’s  become wet. One problem that could lead to this issue is condensation becoming trapped in the air conditioning system. Condensation that forms on the evaporator coils of the cooling system is supposed to drain off into a pan, but clogs in your system could lead to moisture in the air filter.

Another possibility that would lead to this issue is problems with the installation of your system. Cooling systems that aren’t properly installed can lead to moisture throughout the system, and that can result in wet air filters.

No matter what the cause of your problem may be, it’s important to contact an HVAC company to have your system repaired and running like new as soon as possible.

Preventing Future Problems

Once your cooling system has been repaired, you should take steps to prevent a wet air filter in the future. Here are some tips for avoiding this problem:

  • Invest in regular maintenance of your air conditioning system. Annual maintenance is recommended to ensure that issues can be detected early to prevent major problems in the future.
  • Always opt for professional installation when you’re buying a new HVAC system.
  • Check the air filter each month to make sure it’s clean and dry.

Learn more about dealing with a wet air filter, as well as Ross & Witmer’s air conditioning solutions, or call 704-392-6188.

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