What Happens When Your Air Filter is Blocked?

Engine ignition faults, sudden idling and sudden starts can all be attributed to a clogged engine air filter. The dirty air filter restricts the air supply to the engine, causing unburned fuel to form a soot residue that accumulates in the spark plug. Fans push air through the filter, and if it becomes too clogged with dust, dander, and dirt, the fan will have to work harder to get air through. This can lead to hot and cold spots in your home, making it difficult to reach desired indoor temperature levels.

An HVAC system is designed to provide heating or cooling services to your living room so that you and your family can feel comfortable, but a clogged air filter can affect its overall performance, causing it to work harder and operate less efficiently. In addition, an air conditioning system helps control the humidity in your home, and dirty air filters can adversely affect humidity levels. Most automotive companies recommend changing your air filter every 10,000 to 15,000 miles, or every 12 months. However, if you normally drive in rural or dusty areas such as Scottsdale, Arizona or San Antonio, Texas, you might want to have your mechanic check and replace it more frequently - for example, every 6,000 miles.

Driving in busy areas where there is a lot of traffic such as Los Angeles and Washington D. C., making it stop and start more often also requires you to replace the air filter more often. Most vehicles also have a cabin air filter that is used to clean the air that enters the interior of the car, but it has a different maintenance program than an engine air filter. Failure to perform this simple maintenance task can reduce overall comfort levels in your home. A reduction in your MPG is usually a clear sign that you may need to replace your air filter.

Like other car maintenance services, air filter replacement costs vary depending on the car model and where you look. If contaminants are introduced into the air-fuel mixture, this can have a negative impact on vehicle performance and also cause damage to the engine - including decreased engine performance and even possible overheating - so having a clean air filter is vital. If the air filter becomes clogged during the summer cooling season, this can cause the evaporator or cooling coil to freeze because not enough air passes through the coil to dissipate the condensation that normally occurs during the cooling process. A clogged air filter will also allow all the dust and debris that must be filtered to be recirculated back into your home. Vehicles have an air intake system to suck in air and purify it before using it in this air-fuel mixture. Like replacing the car's engine oil and air filter every 3,000 miles, a clean HVAC air filter protects the boiler system from damage and ultimately from completely failing.

Engine air filters prevent harmful debris from damaging components that are crucial for the car to run smoothly. If you discover that your air filter needs a change, it is advisable to also check the condition of the spark plugs to see if they have also suffered any damage. This inefficiency increases rapidly as the filter becomes increasingly clogged or until the filter is repaired. To find out when to change the filter, consider installing a CleanAlert FILTERSCAN WiFi Air Filter Monitor.

Gina Vuoso
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