Walnut Creek Auto Repair

Dangers of a Dirty Cabin Air Filter

Even though a cabin air filter doesn't directly affect whether your vehicle can drive doesn't mean you should push off getting a replacement. Changing your cabin air filter is just as important as getting an oil change or tire alignment. It is an essential part of regular vehicle maintenance, and ignoring the air filter will negatively affect your vehicle. 


What are the dangers of having a dirty cabin air filter?


Personal Health at Risk - A functional cabin air filter is essential in keeping the inside of your car free of pollutants. An air filter that is filthy or clogged won't filter those contaminants, causing problems for those who suffer from allergies or have breathing impairments. A new cabin air filter will block pollen from making its way into a vehicle and provide fresh, clean, breathable air. 


Poor Function of HVAC System - A cabin air filter left beyond its life span will make a vehicle's HVAC system work significantly harder, which can cause the engine to burn up. Dirty or clogged cabin air filters will restrict the amount of air flowing from the vents. As a result, the air pushing out of your vents might not reach the temperature you have it set at. 


Poor Window Fog Clearing - Another problem that will arise when your car's airflow is compromised is that your windows and windshield won't clear as quickly. The diminished air quality that comes from the old air filter allows condensation to form on the windshield. This can be especially dangerous in rainy or foggy conditions. Once the cabin air filter is replaced, less buildup will occur on your glass surfaces. 


Foul Smelling Air - Dirty or excessively clogged cabin air filters can create a dusty, musty stench, especially when the HVAC system is turned on. Changing your cabin air filter regularly will ensure that your passengers don't have to wind down their windows to get some fresh air. Save yourself the misery and embarrassment, and get your air filters replaced.


At Central Automotive Service Center, our technicians will give you a level of personalized care that you won't find anywhere else. You can find us in Walnut Creek, CA, for your air filter replacement needs and other regular maintenance services. Give us a call any time at (925) 357-9939!

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