Without a filter, the condensate drain of your air conditioning unit will not be able to drain moisture, leading to condensation buildup in the Freon tube. This condensation will start dripping down the tray, causing water damage to the entire system. It is essential to run your HVAC unit with an air cleaner installed, as dirt is the leading cause of breakdowns. The purpose of an air filter is to clean the air in your home and keep your air conditioning system free of dust and dirt.
The longer you leave your air conditioner running without a filter, the more likely you are to have problems with indoor air quality. This can result in increased symptoms of allergy, respiratory problems, eye irritation, or irritation of the nose and throat. Your air conditioner blows cold air into your home, but it also expels dust and other particles that get trapped inside your HVAC system. Without a filter, more dirt will enter your home, re-circulate, and reabsorb.
This can lead to shortness of breath or an increase in allergy symptoms. While some homeowners can clean or replace their air conditioning filters on their own, it is best to let a professional do the work for you. Not having a filter can also cause clogging of the condensate drain, which serves to remove additional liquid accumulated during the dehumidification process. To prevent this from happening, make sure to keep the air filter clean and always have it in place before operating the system.
Running your air conditioner without a filter for more than 6 to 8 hours can cause serious damage to your air conditioning system and significantly reduce the air quality in your home. Poor air quality due to pollution, excess dirt, or mold can also result in faster damage to HVAC systems. With this knowledge, you no longer have to risk damaging your air conditioner or jeopardizing the health of you and your family by operating it without a filter.