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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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