How to properly clean car air conditioning filters at home

The car air conditioning filter system has the function of preventing dust and other pollutants from remaining in the air. It can also filter polluted air, deodorize and filter impurities. That’s why the air conditioner filter is like the lungs on your car.

However, after a period of operation, this filter system will collect dust, dirt, etc., reducing working efficiency, affecting gasoline consumption and affecting the health of people sitting in the car. So is there any way to clean it at home? How are the details handled? Let’s find out with CarOn right in this article!

When should I change the car air conditioner filter?

When do you need to change the car air filter?

According to car manufacturers, it is recommended to clean the air conditioner filter every 5,000 – 10,000 km and replace the air conditioner filter every 20,000 – 30,000 km.

Because after a period of use, the degraded air filter system will accumulate dirt, become clogged, etc. It may not even be cool or have a bad smell.

How to change car air conditioner filter

How to remove car air conditioner filter:

Step 1: Open the storage compartment on the side of the passenger seat, press the lever on both sides and then slowly lift the storage compartment out. At this point you will see the cover of the air conditioner filter box inside.

Replace car air filter

Step 2: Press the lever on the left or right side of the air filter box cover to open the box cover. Note that some cars do not open the lid straight but push it to the left. Open the cover to take out the air filter.

How to install car air conditioning filter:

Step 1: Be careful to avoid installing the new car air conditioner filter in the opposite direction. On the air conditioner air filter, there is usually a letter printed with an arrow, placed in the correct direction of the arrow.

Step 2: Reinstall the air filter box cover, then install the storage compartment in its original position.

How to remove and install car air conditioning filters may be different for each car brand. Many cars just need to turn on the lever, but some cars have to unscrew it. The user manual mentions the exact location and instructions on how to remove/install the air conditioner air filter. You can refer to this manual for more information.

How to clean car air conditioner filter

Instructions for cleaning car air conditioner filters

Step 1: After removing the air filter, gently tap it on the floor to let the dirt fall out.

Step 2: Use a sprayer, vacuum cleaner or hair dryer to blow away the layers of dust and dirt on the air filter surface.

Step 3: Use a smooth broom/brush to clean it one last time.

Can car air conditioner filters be washed?

Many people wonder if car air conditioner filters can be washed? Note that when cleaning the car air conditioner filter, absolutely do not scrub, spray, soak, wash with water or soap… Because most air conditioner filters are made of paper, when exposed to water, they will disintegrate, be damaged, and will not can still be used.

In case the air conditioner air filter is too dirty or unclean, it is best to replace the air filter with a new one. The price of a car air conditioner filter ranges from 100,000 – 500,000 VND/unit depending on the type and vehicle.

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