What Happens When Your AC Filter Gets Wet?

Most homeowners know that a clean air conditioner filter is an essential part of their HVAC systems. If the air conditioner filter is wet or feels damp and soaked when you are going to replace it, there is a problem somewhere within the system itself. Moist air filters reduce airflow and increase energy bills, potentially leading to engine failure or a frozen evaporator. Plus, if you don't get to the root of the problem, your wet filter can't remove dust and dirt from the air and keep it out of the air conditioner.

This can cause mold problems and poor air quality, which can lead to serious health problems. The most likely reason the air cleaner is damp is a clogged condensate drain pipe. As you dehumidify your home, the air conditioner uses the drain tray to collect all the moisture it draws from the air. This not only improves indoor air quality, but also protects system components, saves energy and improves the performance of your air conditioning system.

However, when the ice starts to melt, it can overflow the drain pan and leak, causing the air filter to become damp. The wet filter will also restrict the air flow needed for the cooling process and air distribution. And since most air conditioner and oven filters are located right next to the condensate drain pipes, water that overflows will quickly reach the air filter and soak it. In addition to reducing the efficiency of the air conditioner, a humid air filter can also become a breeding ground for microorganisms such as mold and bacteria. If you already have an air conditioner and replacing it isn't in the plans, then you'll want to make sure you hire a licensed contractor to inspect it regularly. In addition, you should also occasionally check the air filter to make sure it doesn't get wet and the condensate drain system to make sure it's not building up.

If none of these steps help you resolve the problem, you can contact AND Services for all your HVAC repair needs. The purpose of the air filter is to trap debris circulating in the air in your home and prevent it from entering the air conditioning system. When this filter gets wet, mold and mildew can form in the filter medium, hampering indoor air quality. This can cause a variety of health problems, such as nasal congestion, wheezing, and red and itchy eyes. It's important to remember that if your AC filter gets wet or damp, there is likely an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. If you don't take care of this issue quickly, it could lead to more serious problems down the line.

To ensure your AC system runs efficiently and effectively for years to come, make sure you hire a licensed contractor to inspect your system regularly.