The cabin filter is a cotton material that is attached to the air-conditioning system. It collects contaminants and prevents them from entering inside the cabin. It ensures you don’t end up breathing in any harmful pollutants. A clogged cabin filter won’t just impact the air conditioning system; it can also affect the engine performance. To prevent an impact on performance, the cabin filter should be changed every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. Below are a few common signs that the cabin filter needs to be replaced.
Decrease Air Flow
A clogged cabin filter will limit the amount of air that flows through the vents into the cabin. If you find yourself needing to turn the air conditioner up to the highest setting to feel the airflow, check the cabin filter. Clogged cabin air filters can strain the fans, causing them to overheat and impact performance.
Increase Air Pollutants
Airborne pollutants can enter your car cabin and if the filter is clogged. Dust, pollen, and debris can get breathed in and cause upper respiratory issues for sensitive groups and those with allergies. You may even smell foul odors coming from the vents. Cabin filters that are dirty and neglected can produce a musty or mold smell.
Reduced Engine Power.
A dirty air filter causes the engine to work harder to power the air-conditioning system. The extra energy needed for the air conditioner reduces the amount of power used for other essential components. Eventually, horsepower diminishes, and performance will suffer.
A clean cabin air filter keeps the cabin air free of airborne pollutants. Engine efficiency is restored when dirty cabin filters are replaced. If you notice any of the above signs, reach out to the team at Red Rock Repair. We work with all makes and models, including classical vehicles. Cabin filter replacement is a simple service that can quickly restore performance. Replacing the air filter regularly can ensure your passenger compartment has healthy air to breathe.
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