How To Clean Your Furnace Filter And Compartment

Your furnace is a major part of both your heating and cooling system if you have central air. Most furnace repairs will need to be handled by professional HVAC contractors, but there are several things that you might be able to do on your own to make your furnace more efficient. One of the best DIY furnace repairs is to change the filter and clean out its compartment. This article explains how to do this on your own.

Removing Your Filter

First of all, changing your furnace filter is very simple. But, it is a useless job if you don't do it correctly and clean up the compartment while you have the filter removed. The filter is actually located on the outside of the furnace. You can see it in a small slot between the intake duct and the furnace. It should slide right out of the slot with ease. However, if there is a lot of dirt buildup on the filter, it might be a little harder to pull out.

Once you have the filter removed from its compartment, you should thoroughly vacuum out the duct sidewalls. Pay special attention to the grooves for the filter. Also, wipe down the sidewalls with a wet rag if the vacuum is not working. Dirt buildup within the compartment can make it harder to properly insert the filter. If the filter is not fully inserted, dirt and dust will blow right through the ducts and into the furnace fan and motor, reducing efficiency.  

Changing Your Filter

Filters come in a bunch of standard sizes, and they can look very similar. To make sure you get the right product, write down the model number or take your old filter to the actual home improvement store when you go to buy the new one. This way you can be confident that you get the right replacement.

This is obviously not a very complicated job, but many homeowners neglect it and it ends up costing them. If you fail to keep your furnace filter clean and replace it on a regular basis, you will reduce the lifespan of your furnace. Furthermore, your heating and air conditioning systems will be cheaper to run throughout the year because of increased airflow and a more efficient furnace motor. This DIY maintenance is a simple way to reduce the overall cost of running your central air.

For more information, contact local professionals like Scott's Heating & Air Conditioning Services.