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How Dirt Affects the Performance of an AC

AC filters often get clogged by dirt and other suspended materials during summer because they are used more during this time of the year. Clogged filters reduce the efficiency of the AC system and can even cause equipment breakdowns. Besides, sometimes the clogged material is polluted and thus can create unhealthy indoor environments leading to health problems.

Here is how dirt affects the performance of an AC.

It causes overheating

There needs to be a free flow of air between the AC compressor and fan. However, dirt blocks the pathway of compressed air hence making the AC work harder to complete the flow. This results in overheating of the system because the fan rotors use extra energy.

Increases Electric Bills

The AC consumes more energy when it finds it difficult to expel out air from the compressor. Clogged filters block the air passage and thus make the AC run for a longer duration to accomplish a light task. This results in higher electric bills with the AC performing below the manufacturer’s standards.

Pollutes the Air

Sometimes, the clogged material may be made up of toxic material. When the air is expelled from the AC compressor, it mixes up with the content and thus gets polluted. The contaminated air may cause health problems that should be avoided at all costs.

It Freezes Evaporator Coils

Evaporator coils need to get unlimited flow of home return air. Dirt, however, restricts airflow and thus the evaporator coils may not receive the required level of heat. As a result, air condenses in the form of ice pellets, causing AC malfunction.

Dirt affects the performance of an AC significantly. You need to hire a trusted HVAC company to clean your AC filters or replace them if they wear out. Minnesota Heating & Air Conditioning is committed to ensuring that your HVAC system is working efficiently to save any downtime-related costs. Contact us for more details on how we put your AC in great shape.