It's a common question: can you run an air conditioner without a filter? The answer is yes, but it's not recommended. While it may be possible to run your HVAC system without a filter for a short period of time, continuing to do so for more than six hours can cause serious damage to your air conditioning system and significantly reduce the air quality in your home. The longer you leave your air conditioner running without a filter, the more likely you are to have problems with indoor air quality. As a result, you or others in your household may experience increased symptoms of allergy, respiratory problems, eye irritation, or irritation of the nose and throat.
Additionally, running the air conditioner without a filter will cause the condensate drain not to drain accumulated moisture from the air conditioner. Eventually, excessive condensation moisture buildup in the Freon tube causes water leakage and can damage the entire system. It's best to get a replacement filter as quickly as possible. You can choose to replace the filter later in the evening or on a day when local stores that sell filters aren't open.
However, if you're unable to do so, it's important to consider at least the air quality in your home, apartment, or building before risking the long-term health of your air conditioner by running it without a filter. Cleaning the central air conditioner filter helps the unit consistently produce cool air and keep your home air clean and healthy. Some air conditioning systems are large and complicated, and even finding the filter can be difficult. According to popular belief, the more you use your air conditioner, the more often you should change the air filter. In conclusion, running an air conditioner without a filter is not recommended and it is generally dangerous to the health of the air conditioner.
Any amount of time an air conditioner runs without a filter could damage the system and shorten its lifespan. It's best to get a replacement filter as quickly as possible in order to ensure that your system is running efficiently and that your indoor air quality is not compromised.