Paying attention to what goes on inside the cabin is just as important as what goes on under the hood. For instance, if your heating or air conditioning isn't working well or smells bad, it can make your driving experience an uncomfortable one. One of the first things you can do in this instance is check the car's cabin air filter condition. The filter is responsible for all the following:
- Cleaning and purifying the air inside the car by blocking out bacteria, dust, and other pollutants.
- Helping eliminate odors within the vehicle's HVAC system.
- Maintaining adequate airflow for defrosting and defogging windows so that you can see properly.
If you've never replaced the cabin air filter in your car, you may notice a change in the air quality. To check the filter, you can refer to your owner's manual to find the exact location of your vehicle's cabin air filter.
What Happens When You Don't Change the Cabin Air Filter?
A clogged or dirty cabin air filter filled with debris can cause the air system's blower motor to overwork. There are many harmful consequences of running your car with a filthy cabin air filter. Below are some of the most common signs you may notice:
- Unpleasant or musty odors
- Visible debris and dust entering the cabin
- Increased likelihood of getting allergies or sickness from breathing in dirty air
- Ineffective or overall less effective heating, cooling, and defrosting functions
- Loud noise from an overworking blower motor
Most people recommend replacing the filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles to ensure you breathe in fresh and clean air. However, depending on your driving conditions, it may require a more or less frequent change.
While replacing your cabin air filter may seem simple, it can be hard to get to in most vehicles. If you need assistance with changing your air filter, look no further than Integrity Transmission & Auto Repair.