Exploring the Varieties of Air Conditioning Filters for Your Home

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As the summer heat starts to bear down, our trusty air conditioners become our most cherished companions. But to keep them running efficiently and to ensure the air we breathe is clean and comfortable, regular maintenance is critical. One essential aspect of AC upkeep is choosing the right air conditioning filter for your home. With an array of options available, it’s essential to understand the different types of air conditioning filters to make an informed choice that suits your needs and promotes a healthier indoor environment.

1. Fiberglass Filters

Fiberglass filters are the most common and often the least expensive option. They are made from layered fiberglass fibers, creating a basic mesh that traps larger particles like dust, lint, and debris. While they are suitable for minimal filtration needs, they may not be the best choice for those with allergies or respiratory issues, as they don’t effectively capture smaller particles or allergens.

2. Pleated Filters

Pleated filters are a step up from fiberglass filters regarding filtration efficiency. These filters have pleats, or folds, that increase their surface area. This design allows them to capture smaller particles and allergens like pollen, pet dander, and mold spores. Pleated filters are available in various MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) ratings, indicating their effectiveness at trapping different particle sizes.

3. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters

HEPA filters are known for their exceptional performance in capturing tiny particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. These filters are commonly used in healthcare facilities and settings where air quality is paramount. While HEPA filters can significantly improve indoor air quality, they might also restrict airflow in standard residential HVAC systems. It’s crucial to ensure your system is compatible with HEPA filters before installing them.

4. Washable/Reusable Filters

Washable or reusable filters are designed to be cleaned and reused multiple times. They’re environmentally friendly and cost-effective in the long run. However, their filtration efficiency might not be as high as disposable filters, and improper cleaning can lead to mold growth or reduced effectiveness. Regular and thorough cleaning is essential for maintaining their performance.

5. Electrostatic Filters

Electrostatic filters use static electricity to attract and capture particles from the air. They can be either disposable or washable and are effective at capturing smaller particles. These filters are a good choice for homes with pets or smokers, as they can trap odors and particles that cause unpleasant smells.

6. Activated Carbon Filters

Activated carbon filters are specially designed to target odors, gases, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They contain a layer of activated carbon that absorbs and traps these pollutants. While not the primary choice for general particle filtration, they can greatly improve indoor air quality by reducing unwanted smells and chemicals.

Selecting the right air conditioning filter for your home involves considering factors such as filtration needs, allergies, and system compatibility. Each type of filter has its own strengths and limitations, so it’s important to weigh these aspects against your specific requirements. Regular replacement or cleaning of filters is essential to maintain optimal air quality, system efficiency, and the overall comfort of your living space. Consulting with professionals like Able Appliance & HVAC Services can help you make an informed decision and keep your air conditioning system operating at its best throughout the sweltering summer months.

August 2023




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Most people use microwaves daily to thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook meals. Common problems your microwave can develop include:

  • The plate won’t turn.
  • The microwave doesn’t turn on or off.
  • The door won’t close or open.
  • The microwave doesn’t heat properly.
  • It makes strange or loud sounds.
  • The light stops working.
  • The touchpad won’t respond.

Call to schedule a repair today if you notice any of these warning signs.


Whether you own a separate freezer or only the one on your refrigerator, you count on it to keep perishable items frozen for later use. If the freezer fails, you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food. Some warning signs of freezer malfunction include:

  • Water leaks
  • Frost or ice buildup
  • Strange sounds
  • Temperature variations
  • Constantly running compressor

The freezer also might just stop working.

Ice Makers

Many people enjoy the convenience of built-in ice makers. Signs that yours isn’t working correctly:

  • Ice is fractured, frosted, or strangely shaped.
  • Ice won’t release from the mold.
  • The outside ejector doesn’t produce ice.

Common issues include clogged water lines, incorrectly set thermostats, unlevel mounting, and clogged water filters.


Gone are the days when someone had to wash dishes by hand in the sink daily. Most people use their dishwashers every day to avoid that manual task. You may notice:

  • Your dishes aren’t clean after a wash cycle.
  • The dishwasher won’t run.
  • The machine won’t fill or drain properly.
  • Your dishwasher has a foul odor.
  • Operation makes more noise than usual.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service can diagnose and repair your issue.


Every kitchen has a refrigerator. Some people have them in garages and offices too. We count on these essential appliances to keep our food fresh. It’s time to schedule a repair if:

  • The refrigerator operates constantly or won’t come on at all.
  • The temperature is too hot or too cold, not adjusting with the thermostat.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.
  • The water dispenser won’t release water.
  • The appliance makes loud noises.

Most of these issues are easily repaired.

Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges

Families that enjoy home-cooked meals and freshly baked desserts rely on their ovens and stoves. Owners can choose gas or electric appliances, and the repair issues can differ for each type. However, the problems you may notice remain similar.


  • The oven won’t heat to the set temperature correctly or at all.
  • The interior light won’t come on or turn off.
  • The self-cleaning feature doesn’t work.
  • The door won’t open or close.
  • Your food cooks unevenly.
  • Your controls aren’t responsive.
  • The heating or broiling element won’t ignite or come on.

Stovetops and Ranges

  • Eyes won’t ignite or power on.
  • Temperatures don’t adjust to your settings.
  • The indicator lights don’t work.
  • Turning the eyes on produces sparks or strange smells.
  • Bubbles, cracks, or blisters appear on the cooktop or coils.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service technicians can repair all brands of electric and gas ovens, stoves, cooktops, and gas range tops.

Washers and Dryers

Everyone needs clean clothes, sheets, and towels. Our washers and dryers make that easy to accomplish unless they stop working properly. Each appliance typically gives you signs that repairs are necessary.


  • Water won’t fill or drain.
  • Water overfills or leaks.
  • The agitator won’t spin.
  • The washer vibrates excessively or makes loud noises.
  • Unpleasant odors persist.
  • The door doesn’t open.
  • The machine ruins your laundry.
  • The washer won’t turn on or stop


  • The dryer doesn’t power on or only runs for a short time.
  • The dryer won’t heat or overheat.
  • The machine takes too long to dry laundry.
  • The drum won’t spin.
  • The dryer is too noisy or vibrates excessively.
  • The laundry has wrinkles or lint.

These appliances come in many makes and models, and Able Appliance & HVAC Service can repair them all.

AC and Heating

When your heating or air conditioning isn’t working properly, your home can quickly become uncomfortable. Common issues you’ll notice are:

  • The air isn’t heated or cooled to the correct temperature, the heat blows cold air, or the AC blows hot air.
  • The unit runs constantly or won’t turn on.
  • Fluid leaks from your inside or outside units.
  • Your system is too loud.

Schedule a repair appointment to avoid further damage if you experience any of these problems.

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