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What Happened to My Furnace Filter? Is it Possible it was Sucked Up?

What Happened to My Furnace Filter? Is it Possible it was Sucked Up?The weather is starting to get a little chiller here in California and before long, heating systems will need to be turned on some evenings. For most people, heating systems are furnaces. In fact, these are not only the most popular home heating system in California, they’re the most popular home heating system in the entire United States.

Before you turn on your heater for the winter

It’s likely you haven’t turned your heater on in a while. At Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing for heating maintenance before turning your heater on for the first time this season. It’s also important that you change your filter. Doing so can protect your furnace and your AC. If your filter isn’t changed regularly, then you could be dealing with serious problems – including your air filter getting sucked up by the fan of your furnace blower.

Can a furnace blower’s fan really suck up an air filter?

Yes, indeed it can happen. If a filter gets heavily clogged, then it can eventually collapse due to strain from the blower fan. If that happens, then it can be sucked into the blower motor. This can lead to significant damage and it may even require you to replace your heating element entirely.

A clogged filter isn’t the only type of filter that can get sucked up into your air filter. If you purchase a thin and inexpensive filter, then it may not be up to the task – this is especially true of filters with creases in them. If that cheap filter is then clogged, then you can bet it’s a possibility that it’ll get sucked up. The best option is to buy sturdy filters that are manufactured with polyester instead of fiberglass.

It’s true that polyester filters tend to cost more than fiberglass filters, but they can actually save you money. Not only do they decrease the chances of damaging your heating system, but they don’t need to be replaced as often as a fiberglass filter does. When you compare the filter options side by side and take the longer lifespan of the polyester filters into consideration, they end up costing just about the same amount.

Another possible reason for a collapsing filter

Finally, one more reason for a collapsing filter is a filter that’s been installed backward. If the support for the filter is on the wrong side, then it stands to reason that it wouldn’t work correctly. Your filter will have instructions printed right on it. Make sure you follow them and then check to ensure that your filter is set in its slot the way it should be.

Do you have a question about getting your heating system ready for the winter? Are you interested in maintenance and/or cleaning? Call Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing today for all your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.

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