How To Change An AC Filter - J&W Heating and Air

How To Change An AC Filter

We always rely on our residential air conditioning Jacksonville FL system to get us through those extremely hot and humid days.  What can happen though as the system gets used extensively is that the efficiency and effectiveness of the system starts to take a hit.  This may not be due to anything that is wrong with the system per se, it could just have to do with the air filter.

The AC filter that you have is one of those things that you always want to pay attention to as part of your regular maintenance.  Residential air conditioning Jacksonville FL systems all have AC air filters.  Even the older window air conditioning units also have filters that need to be changed or at the very least cleaned.  The most basic of maintenance tasks though is to address the air filter to help your system run that much better from an effectiveness and efficiency standpoint.

 

Find and Remove the AC Air Filter

The first step in this pretty easy maintenance project is to find the current AC air filter.  Most of them are going to be located behind the main vent in your home.  This is the one that lets all of the air flow throughout your home, where the air goes up and gets filtered, cooled, and then kicked back in and circulated throughout all of the air ducts.

The easy way to find the main vent if you are not aware of where it is would be to go to the thermostat, as the two of them are usually fairly close together in proximity.  You want to be sure that once you locate the filter, turn the unit off before you go ahead and remove it.  There are usually a few latches that you twist and the vent will open, allowing you to remove the filter.

 

Figure Out the Type of Filter

You then want to identify what the type of filter is that you actually need as part of the project.  Residential air conditioning Jacksonville FL filters are extremely common and can be picked up at any big box retailer for cheap.  Even searching online can help you buy a filter without having to even go to a store.  You should always have a few filters handy so that when the time does come to replace it, you can do so immediately.  The filter type is going to be determined based on the label that is on it.

The most common types of filters are fiberglass filters and pleated filters.  The pleated filters usually have these shapes that divide up the filter in grids, while fiberglass looks more like a framed window essentially.

 

Install the New Filter

The final piece of this puzzle is to actually go ahead and install the brand new filter.  This is as simple as sliding the filter right into place where the old one used to sit.  There is probably going to be an arrow that will help you figure out what side of the filter needs to face upwards and which does not, this should help and is worth paying attention to.  Once the filter is in place, close the main vent cap over the top of it and turn the system back on.

Replacing an AC air filter in a residential air conditioning Jacksonville FL system is fairly easy to do.  We can help you with this as part of one of our regular maintenance programs that we offer, or you can go it alone as it is a fairly easy do it yourself project.  You want to pay attention to your filter and change it regularly, every few months or so or maybe sooner if you notice it really starting to get dirty.  Filters are an essential part of how effective and efficient your system functions.

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Stacy Russell
Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool environment.read more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company again.read more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two men.read more
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Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great Job.read more
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James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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