How To Clean Your Furnace Filter Compartment

26 January 2017
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Even if you have no experience working on HVAC systems, there are a few simple things that you can probably do on your own to ensure that everything is running properly. Basic preventative maintenance can end up saving you a lot of money over the years on appliance replacement and service fees. This article explains how to properly and thoroughly replace your furnace filter. This is one of the easiest, yet most important, DIY maintenance jobs you can do.

Changing Your Filter

Most people have either changed their furnace filter or had it changed by professionals. If you have done it on your own, there is a good chance that you created more problems within your furnace. The most common problem is that people remove their old filter and then put the new filter in place without cleaning out the compartment. This is a vital step that you should not skip. If your compartment is dirty, your new filter might not properly slide into place. Dust within the tracks of the compartment can cause the filter to sit unevenly. It can also create gaps where air can escape around the filter. You definitely want all of the air that is being circulated by your furnace pump to go through the filter. If not, your furnace pump will be taking in a lot of dust, dirt, and debris.

Cleaning the Filter Compartment

Most filter compartments are very narrow, so it can be hard to clean all the way to the back of them. If you have a hose vacuum with a few long, skinny attachments, you can usually reach all the way to the back of the compartment. You could also use a flashlight so you can actually see what you are cleaning.

While you are inspecting your filter compartment, keep an eye out for any mold formation. This is a major concern, especially if you or anybody in your household suffers from allergies. When you slide your new filter into the compartment, make sure that it goes all the way back and that it fits perfectly. This is the only way to be certain that your filter is doing its job.

As you can see, this is very easy work. If you neglect to do it every time you replace your filter, you could end up with more expensive and time consuming repairs that you have to worry about later. For more information, contact a company like Thermotech Inc.