Cabin Air Filter Replacement: What happens if I don’t change the filter?

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

As air comes into the cabin, the cabin air filter sifts out any dust, pollen, smog, mold, and other junk to keep it from entering your vehicle. If dirty air is allowed to enter the cabin of your vehicle, the dirt, dust, and foreign particles can decrease the air quality in your car making it harder to breathe and even damaging your interior.

How often should I have the filter replaced?

Recommendations on cabin air filter replacement tend to vary by manufacturer. Most recommend replacement services every 12,000 or 15,000 miles, but replacement can also depend on how much you drive and where. To be sure, you should check the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual.

Usually, your mechanic will have this part on their radar and monitor it for replacement. Most filters need to be replaced between 15,000 to 25,000 miles, or about once a year.

What happens if I don’t change the filter?

Because of its location, changing a cabin air filter is a difficult do-it-yourself project so it’s usually best to have it serviced by a trained mechanic.

If you don’t come in for service on your cabin air filter, it will become increasingly clogged with dirt and debris and the efficiency of the filter and your car’s HVAC system will be compromised; forcing your A/C to work harder than it needs to can eventually damage your heating and cooling system which requires a much bigger repair.

The air volume into your passenger compartment will be continually reduced which will lead to the issue of foul odors inside your car.


Read more: Why You Need to Replace Your Car’s Dirty Cabin Air Filter


At V&F

Keeping up with regular, recommended maintenance like cabin air filter replacement can help extend the life of your vehicle and prevents high-cost repairs in the future. At V&F Auto, our certified mechanics use the latest diagnostic equipment, and high-quality CARQUEST auto parts, to make sure we get the job done right. Our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange

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