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Shift Air Mechanical Ltd. B.C. Blog

FAQ: How Do I Replace My Filter?

Filters are important. I’m sure we don’t need to convince you of that. However, filters need to be changed in order to be effective over a long period of time. Once a filter has been clogged up with dust, dirt, and debris, it’s pretty much useless and just functions as an air road-block at that point. This is something that can and should be avoided at all costs.

Trust us, it’s really not hard. Replacing your air filter is a quick and easy process, and we’ll walk you through it in our filter replacement guide down below.

Replacing your heater’s filter every 1-3 months can be a great way to avoid any unnecessary heating repairs in British Columbia. Filters are proven to extend the lifespan of a heating system, keep homes more comfortable, and lower bills month-to-month. So, put on some gloves and let’s get to work!

Step 1: Turn Your HVAC System Off

Before you do anything, it’s important that you shut your HVAC system off. If it’s still trying to heat your home while you’re taking the filter out, that could cause some damage that would impede your overall comfort. If you need help locating the off switch, or your thermostat can’t directly control it for you, then call us for help.

Step 2: Locate and Remove the Old Filter

There’s an area of your air ducts called the “return air duct.” This is where air is drawn into your HVAC system from your home to be heated by your heating system. This is where your air filter is.

It’s important to note which direction the filter is facing when you take it out, since you’ll need to put your replacement filter back in facing the same way. A misaligned or wrongly-facing filter isn’t going to be as effective.

Step 3: Clean It or Replace It

This is an important step, because you need to figure out whether your air filter is disposable or replaceable. If it’s disposable, it’s up to you to find and replace the filter with a new disposable one. Don’t worry, there are hardware stores that should carry your specific size of air filter. We can always help if you call us.

If it’s replaceable, then you can just wash the old filter and let it air dry for a little while. Once it’s dry, then it’s as good as new and ready to be put back.

Step 4: Insert the New Filter

Remember which way the filter was facing when you took it out? It’s time to put your filter back in facing that same way. It should go all the way in and feel secure. If you purchased a disposable filter that’s the wrong size, you’ll probably notice that it won’t fit where your old filter was. Only a filter that’s the right size and shape will fit back in place.

Step 5: Turn the System Back On

Voila! Turn your heater on and breathe in the new fresh air that comes from your HVAC system. If you have any problems from here on out, our team can help.

Shift Air tests, doesn’t guess. Call Shift Air Mechanical Ltd. today for help with your filter.

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