What happens if you put a cabin air filter in the wrong way?

What happens if cabin filter is backwards?

By installing your filter backwards, air will have a harder time flowing through the filter and your air handler will have to work harder to make up for the loss of airflow. This could lead to higher utility bills and possibly damage your furnace or air conditioner.

Does it matter which way cabin filter?

The filter sits right above the air intake motor, so point the arrow towards the motor – meaning down. Filters are designed to be more efficient in one direction. So it will not stop airflow if you make a mistake, but it would be more constricted airflow if install filter incorrectly.

Will a cabin filter affect AC?

A cabin air filter whose pores are blocked can cause a strain on the AC system. Apart from resulting in increased energy consumption, the strain can lead to damage of the motor due to overloads. This would especially happen when you have to increase the airflow by increasing the speed of the AC system blower.

Which side of air filter goes up?

To properly insert a new filter, look for the arrow! The arrow on your filter should always face the unit and away from the return air duct that carries the air that will be heated or cooled. HVAC systems push the cool or warm air out and pull spent air in, recirculating the air throughout your home.

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What happens if you drive your car without an air filter?

Without an air filter in place, the engine may also be sucking dirt and debris in at the same time. This can cause damage to internal engine parts, such as valves, pistons and cylinder walls. The result is excessive oil consumption, poor engine performance, and eventually engine failure.

Can I run AC without filter?

The short answer: You can get away with running your AC without a filter for a short amount of time without hurting your system. That being said, running your AC without a filter for longer than 6-8 hours can cause serious damage to your AC system and significantly lower the quality of the air in your home.

How do I know which way the air flows in my AC?

Generally the edge of the filter is marked with an arrow which points in the direction of the airflow. In other words, the air travels from the tail of the arrow toward its point. If there is no arrow, the side that is stronger or reinforced by cardboard or wire mesh is the side the arrow should be pointing to.