How to Clean an A/C Filter

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During the summer, you are likely to use you're A/C often to help cool down your home. In fact, an air conditioning system can get quite a bit of use during the hot and humid times of the year. If you neglect to clean you're A/C filter when your air conditioner is getting a lot of use, then the filter can get clogged up with dirt and debris, which affect the performance of your A/C. To avoid this, take the time to clean your air conditioning filter a few times during the time of year when you use it most.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Towel
  • Remove the A/C filter. This process can vary depending on your model and whether you have a whole house system or a window air conditioner. Check your owner's manual.

  • Run the A/C filter under warm running water to remove dust and debris.

  • Continue holding the filter under the water. When the water starts to run clear, remove the filter.

  • Lay the filter flat on a towel and wait for it to be completely dry before putting it back inside your air conditioning system.

Tips & Warnings

  • Not all A/C units have washable filters. Some simply need replaced when they get dirty. Consult your owner's manual.

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