How to Clean an Air Filter

Hand removing cabin air filter

You probably aren’t thinking about your vehicle’s air filter regularly, but your car’s cabin air filter is an important component in the HVAC system’s performance. Not only does having an air filter cleaner mean you and your Pottstown passengers can enjoy cleaner air while you’re driving around town, but if you, your friends, or family suffer from allergies, you can prevent a whole lot of discomfort by keeping up on this simple maintenance task. The service team at Springfield Mitsubishi - Reading goes over the details to keep you covered, and answers the question, “does cabin air filter affect ac?” below! 



How to Clean an Air Filter: Step-by-Step Guide 

Here are the steps for how to clean an air filter in your Mitsubishi model

  1. First, you’ll need to access the air filter, which is usually located in an encased housing to keep them clean and protected. You may need a screwdriver and/or wrench to get complete access to the air filter. Take caution not to shake any debris into the intake or airbox, and try to simply remove the filter as cleanly as possible. 
  2. Next you’ll want to remove loose dirt, dust, etc. that has collected on the air filter. Hold it over the trash, and shake off as much of the debris as you can.
  3. After that, you can vacuum the filter, preferably with a handheld vacuum cleaner, in order to remove the finer dirt and grime from the air filter. 
  4. You can then get an air filter cleaner from a local service center like ours in Reading, and after vacuuming, apply an air filter cleaner, following the instructions on the package. It’s also easy to make your own cleaning solution from water and a mild laundry detergent (2:1 ratio). Simply mix them, then spray it onto the filter, allowing it to set for a couple of minutes, then follow the next steps. 
  5. After letting the air filter cleaner sit, use a soft brush to gently clean the air filter. A toothbrush is a good tool for getting into the crevices. 
  6. Next, you’ll need to thoroughly rinse and dry the filter. Be sure to rinse out all of the cleaning solution and allow the filter to drip dry upside down. Do not apply heat to the filter and be sure it’s completely dry before the next step. 
  7. Simply assemble the filter by putting it back where you got it. If you removed the housing, be sure to reassemble it. 

Does Cabin Air Filter Affect AC & Air Quality? 

Does cabin air filter affect AC and air quality? Yes, the cabin air filter can affect your air conditioner and air quality. Over time they collect the dust, bugs, leaves, and other types of debris that they are keeping out of your cabin. If the air filter is too dirty, it can have a negative impact on your air conditioner’s ability to cool down the cabin. With time, this can cause problems for the entire air circulation system. It’s best to simply keep your filter clean, and get it replaced when necessary. 

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It’s a simple process to clean your air filter and put it back where it needs to go. If you have any questions or would rather rely on professionals to take care of the job, you can schedule service at Springfield Mitsubishi - Reading today! If you have questions about our parts and services, don’t hesitate to contact us or call us at 610-510-7667!


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