How often should I clean my air conditioners filters?

At Stinson Air, we frequently encounter clients who inquire about the importance of cleaning their air conditioner filter. Surprisingly, many have neglected this essential maintenance task, resulting in heavily clogged filters filled with excess dust, dirt and debris. Not only does this compromise the air quality in your home, but it also reduces the efficiency of your split system air conditioner.

For an average household that uses their air conditioner regularly, it is highly recommended that you clean the air conditioner filters every three months. In cases of high usage or commercial settings, where the system operates daily, a monthly air filter cleaning is advised. By keeping your filters clean, you can ensure healthier air flow and reduced operational costs. Follow the steps below for a guide on how to clean your filters.

How to clean air con filter

Step 1: Turn off your air conditioner

Before you begin cleaning your air conditioning filter, ensure that your air conditioner’s power is turned off. This is to prevent any electrical hazards.

Step 2: Remove the filter

To remove the air conditioning filter, access the air filter compartment on your air conditioner. The filter is usually located behind the front panel of your air conditioner. Slide the filter out of its slot carefully, being mindful not to damage it. You may have to refer to your instruction manual as your air conditioner unit may slightly differ.

Step 3: Hose down the filter

Hold the filter and wash it down using a garden hose. Spray the water directly into the filter on the clean side of the filter from top to bottom. Then, turn the filter over and spray the hose at approximately a 45-degree angle to the dirty side top to bottom. Ensure that you use low to medium water pressure, so you don’t damage the filter.

Step 4: Let the filter dry

Gently tap each side of the filter on the ground to remove excess water. Avoid using excessive force while tapping to prevent any damage to the filter. Pat it with a dry cloth or towel and leave the filter outside to air dry completely. It’s best to leave the filter for a few hours or until it is entirely dry before returning it to the air conditioner.

Step 5: Reinsert the filter

Once the filter is completely dry, reinsert it back into its slot in the air conditioner. Ensure that you slide the filter in carefully and secure it in place.

Filter Replacement

If you’ve cleaned your filter, but it still appears dirty, clogged or there is visible damage, it might be time for a new one. A heavily clogged or damaged filter can restrict airflow and reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency.

In the off chance that your air filter needs replacing, please contact Stinson Air and we will work with you and point you in the right direction to get a replacement filter.


Getting the most out off your Air Conditioners

Regular cleaning of your filters every three months is essential to ensure that your air conditioner works efficiently and that the air quality in your home is healthy. If you have exceptionally high use or run every day, you should clean your filters monthly.

TIP: Set a reminder in your phone to remember to clean your air conditioner’s filter every 3 months to improve air quality, optimal efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

At Stinson Air, we understand the importance of proper air conditioning maintenance. Contact us today to schedule a maintenance appointment, and let our professional team help you keep your home’s air conditioning system in top shape.