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Just as it’s important to check and change your HVAC system’s air filter every month, it’s also important to keep it dry. The air filter is instrumental for preventing dust, pet dander, mold spores and other harmful airborne particles from entering your Columbia, MD home’s HVAC system. However, it can’t do its job if it ends up wet.

Condensate Leaks

Condensate leaks are a common cause of wet air filters. As the HVAC system cools the air in your home, it also condenses the moisture within from water vapor to liquid form. The condensate normally falls into a drip pan where it’s funneled into a drain leading away from the HVAC system.

A condensate leak caused by a clogged drain, a cracked or corroded drip pan, or an improperly installed HVAC system can spill over to the air filter’s location, saturating the filtration media. Not only does this restrict the flow of air to your HVAC system, but it can also set the stage for mold and mildew problems later on.

Dealing With a Wet Air Filter

If you encounter a wet air filter, the first thing you should do is remove it and dry the surrounding area with a towel or absorbent cloth. Next, make sure the condensate drain isn’t stopped up by debris or algae growth. In addition, make sure the drip pan isn’t cracked or corroded. Don’t forget to check the condensate drain lines for any signs of cracks or loose fittings. Afterward, drop in a fresh air filter.

Professional maintenance by a trained and trusted HVAC technician can also help prevent wet air filter problems. Having your HVAC system inspected and maintained at least once a year can help stave off problems that could potentially impact your cooling comfort.

Griffith Energy Services, Inc. can help you put an end to your wet air filter problems. Check out our services or give us a call at 888-474-3391.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services
888-474-3391

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