How to Deal with and Prevent a Wet Air Filter
If you notice your air filter is wet, this is an indication that there is an issue with your HVAC system that should be addressed as soon as possible. A wet air filter is not doing its job properly! Wet air filters result in less airflow and higher energy bills. They can also ultimately cause a blown motor or frozen evaporator. Lastly, they can cause mold issues and poor air quality, which can cause serious health issues.
Potential Causes of Wet Air Filters
Your air filters could be wet for a number of reasons. One of the most common reasons air filters become moist is due to a condensate pan or condensate drain line that is clogged. The water could also be dripping off of the evaporator coils. This is less typical, but happens occasionally.
If your HVAC unit is new, it’s also possible your unit or filter wasn’t installed properly. You could have a faulty compressor leaking water on to the air filter. A improperly installed filter is an easy fix, but if your whole unit is improperly installed, it’s not quite as easy.
What to Do When You Discover a Wet Air Filter
When you discover a wet air filter, remove the wet filter and dry the area up. Check the drain for debris or algae and make sure the condensate pan isn’t corroded or cracked. Turn your ac off right away, so you don’t spread moisture throughout your home. Then, put in a new fresh air filter. Make sure to call a trusted HVAC professional who can help you address the issue at hand.
Preventing Wet Air Filters
There are several steps you can take to prevent your air filters from becoming wet. Changing your air filters regularly helps prevent this issue by minimizing the amount of debris that enter the drain lines and pans that clog them. You can also pour vinegar down your drain line to clean it out and kill any mold or mildew.
You should also schedule regular maintenance on your HVAC system. A technician can identify any cracks or blockages that are developing before they become a problem.
Some key takeaways:
Schedule routine professional maintenance
Change your filters monthly and replace if they look dirty
Make sure your HVAC system is installed by a trusted professional
If you have a wet air filter, contact us as soon as possible so we can help you resolve your issue. Contact us at (954) 788-0099 for a free consultation