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How to Install an Air Conditioner Filter

The filter for your air conditioner should be changed every 3 months. Fresh filters reduce the circulation of dust, pet fur, and pollen throughout the vents. Learning how to install an air conditioner filter takes only moments. When selecting a filter, you may choose to balance air movement efficiency with filtration capability. Dense filter material will pull more particles from the air but also force the air conditioner to work a little harder.

Tools You’ll Need How to Install an Air Conditioner Filter

You’ll only need a screwdriver if screws are holding a vent grate in place.

  • Screwdriver
  • Dust rag
  • Marker

How to Install an Air Conditioner Filter Steps

  1. Locate the air intake for your air conditioner ducts.
    1. It may be a grated vent in a wall, floor, or ceiling.
    2. It could also be located inside the blower system that moves air through the vents.
  2. If necessary, use a screwdriver to open the grate covering the air intake.
    1. The filter may also be held in a slot that allows you to pull out the filter.
  3. Remove the old dirty filter.
  4. Take note of its size to confirm that you have a new filter of the same size.
  5. Wipe any dust, fur, and debris from the air intake area.
  6. Insert the filter into the intake with the air flow arrow pointing into the vent.
  7. Write the date of installation on the edge of the new filter.
  8. Wash dirt off of the air intake grate.
  9. Put the intake grate back over the filter and screw in place if necessary.
  10. Write a reminder on your calendar to change the filter in 3 months.

Get an A/C Tune-Up From Oliver

Following the steps for how to install an air conditioner filter will promote efficient A/C performance. Seasonal tune-ups are also an important part of a successful maintenance regimen. Oliver offers an air conditioner maintenance plan so that you can keep your unit in peak condition. Our technicians will clean and lubricate moving parts and check the refrigerant. Regular maintenance can extend the serviceable life of your air conditioner. Let Oliver help you get the most out of your investment. Contact us today for an estimate for your air conditioner.

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