Why is My Air Filter Black?

While fingernail polish, cars, and licorice can be black, your air filter shouldn’t be! At first sight, a black air filter can be alarming, but if it’s handled properly, you have nothing to worry about. Continue reading to learn more about black air filters.

Replacing a dirty or black AC Air Filter may provide a solution, but it’s important to schedule routine AC maintenance to prevent costly repairs and ensure your system is running as efficiently as possible. Call us today at (321) 727-2542 or schedule your AC maintenance service online.

What Causes Black Air Filters?

Black air filters are simply dirty or extremely clogged, by:

  • Pet dander
  • Dirt
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Mold growth
  • Old age
  • Various other factors

Is a Dirty Air Filter a Problem?

When your air filter is dirty, it can destroy the air quality in your home. At the same time, it can result in the following.

Less Comfortable Home

A dirty or clogged filter will reduce the amount of air circulating through your home, which causes an increase in the temperature of your home. .

Damage Your Unit

When the filter is clogged, it’s no longer able to prevent harmful particles from entering into the ductwork and other sensitive parts of the unit. If left unattended, it will lead to significantly more costly repairs.

Increase Your Utility Bill

A clogged filter causes your A/C to work harder to produce and circulate the same amount of cold air, which decreases the efficiency of the unit and causes your utility bill to increase.

How to Clean a Black Air Filter

Depending on the type of air filter your unit uses, you should either change the filter, vacuum it, or wash it. If you are uncomfortable doing this or do not know what type of filter to purchase, it’s best to consult with an experienced and licensed HVAC professional.

WEATHER ENGINEERS Will Clean Air Conditioning Issues

While changing the black filter may provide a solution, it’s vital to have regular AC maintenance to prevent more costly repairs and to ensure your system is running as efficiently as possible. Contact WEATHER ENGINEERS, located in Melbourne, Florida and serving all of Brevard county, today to schedule HVAC maintenance.

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