Why Should I Change My Car's Cabin Air Filter?

We use the cabin's air feature every day, whether it's for heat or air conditioning. It's so nice to be able to sit inside a cool car during those hot summer days or warm yourself on those cool winter mornings, but have you ever thought about the filter that all of that air goes through?

The AC filter captures all of the dust, pollen, and other airborne irritations allowing your AC to blow clean, fresh air into your vehicle. This is extremely helpful, especially if you suffer with seasonal allergies or have respiratory issues. Like with other air conditioner systems though, the filter does get dirty and needs to be replaced. How do you know that this is the case? There are a few signs that tell you that it may be time to change out your filter:

  • Reduced air flow - Once a filter is dirty not as much air will come out. If you hear a lot of noise, but don't feel a lot of air than it may be time to change your filter.
  • Bad odors - The filter is designed to keep bad smells and poor air quality out of the cabin, but, if the filter is filthy, it may be the cause of a musty or foul smelling car.
  • It's been over 15,000 miles - You should have your AC filter changed when your car's manual suggests. Most vehicles recommend between 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but it all depends on how much and where you drive. For example, if you drive in a city with a lot of air pollution or on dirtier roads, then it may need to be changed more often.

How do I get my AC filter changed?

Depending on your vehicle, getting to your AC filter could be as simple as taking off your glove box, but some hide the filter in a hard-to-reach place under your dashboard. To allow for a simple fix, let our highly-trained technicians, at our Reynolds Subaru dealership, in Orange, VA, replace it for you the next time that you receive an oil change. If you have noticed any of the above symptoms and would like to schedule an appointment to have it done sooner, then feel free to use our online scheduling tool to do so. You can also give us a call, text us, or chat with us online or, if you would prefer, you can stop by our service department here at Reynolds Subaru, serving Charlottesville, Culpeper, and Fredericksburg, VA. Ask us to see what your old filter looked like just to see why changing it is so important. You'll be surprised at what you might find!


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