How to Clean your Ducted Air Conditioning Filter

Your ducted air conditioner is a crucial component of your home, providing you with comfort and clean air throughout the year. To ensure that it continues to function at its best, especially in the hot summer months, regular maintenance is essential. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the importance of cleaning your ducted air conditioning filter and provide a step-by-step guide on how to do it effectively.

Understanding Your Filters

Before we dive into the cleaning process, it’s important to know the two common types of filters used in residential ducted air conditioning systems. The first is the pleated filter, also known as a clean air filter pack. This filter is made of cardboard material and offers superior filtration compared to mesh-type filters. However, pleated filters are disposable and should be replaced every six to 12 months. They cannot be cleaned and can be easily purchased from Ford & Doonan stores. The second type is the washable mesh filter, designed to be cleaned and reused until it shows signs of wear and tear. Replacements for washable filters are also available from Ford & Doonan.

How Often Should You Clean the Filter?

The filter in your air conditioner plays a vital role in maintaining air quality by capturing dust, allergens, and particles. To keep it performing optimally, it’s recommended to clean the filter regularly. For most residential applications, we suggest cleaning the filter every six to 12 months, depending on usage. If you have pets, allergies, or children, more frequent cleaning, such as every three months, may be necessary.

Removing the Filter

Before you start the cleaning process, ensure that the air conditioning system is turned off. Locate your wall controller and switch the system off. Wait until there’s no sound coming from the indoor unit. Once the system is off, find the return air grill, typically located in a hallway or passageway. The return air grill houses the filter. Carefully lower the return air grill and slide out the filter. Take a mental note or a photo of the current filter orientation, as this is crucial for re-installation.


Cleaning the Filter

For washable filters, take the filter outside and rinse it with a hose. Shake off excess water and allow it to dry before reinstalling. Be careful not to damage the mesh during the cleaning process. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a brush head attachment to clean the filter, though hosing is the recommended method. If you have a pleated filter, replace it with a new one from Ford & Doonan. Ensure that the pleated filter is installed in the correct orientation, as indicated by a small arrow on the side. Incorrect installation can reduce the air conditioner’s performance and may lead to damage. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Ford & Doonan store for assistance.

Reinstalling the Filter

Once the washable filter is dry, carefully reinstall it in the return air grill. Clear the filter reset icon on your wall controller. Switch the air conditioner back on and enjoy the cool, clean air that a freshly cleaned filter brings. Make a note on your calendar for six or 12 months from now to repeat the cleaning process. If you notice any unusual noises or decreased performance in your air conditioner, turn the system off and contact our service department on 9331 8800 for professional assistance.

In conclusion

Regularly cleaning your ducted air conditioning filter is a simple yet crucial task that can significantly improve the performance and longevity of your system. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can enjoy cleaner, healthier air and a more efficient air conditioning system. So, mark your calendar and make filter maintenance a routine part of your home’s upkeep. Your comfort and well-being will thank you!