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Old 05-12-2019, 04:07 PM   #1
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Cleaning the AC vent filters

It is past time to clean the AC vent filters located behind the round, louvered covers. No problem releasing the ceiling panels to get to them, but I'm not sure how to get the round vents out to access the filter media.

Are the round vent covers just secured by a center post that goes into a socket? Or, is it more complex? I've tried...gently...to pop them loose, but I'm afraid to pull too hard until I fully understand how they work.

They are also in an awkward position for me to get a decent grip on them. I thought I'd read somewhere about twisting them as you pull down. That hasn't worked...yet. Are they keyed so that they need to be turned to a specific position before they will release, of are they just a socket? As I said, I'm a bit concerned about pulling too hard and breaking them.

Or, do I take the four screws out and remove the whole housing?

What's the secret? Any tips appreciated. Thanks.

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What make and model is the a/c unit?
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:27 PM   #3
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Just grasp as best you can and pull down. They are stubborn. There was recently another post on this subject.

Get an extra set of filters and do all at once every month or so. Pull them down; put in new filter; wash the old ones so they're ready the next month.
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Pull down with a twisting motion. They are a little difficult to remove but they will come out. Before reinstalling put a drop of oil on the post to make removal easier the next time.
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Thanks, folks. I'm thinking of making a tool with a pair of hooks to grasp the center bar between the louvers that will help me twist while pulling directly down on the center pivot shaft. I'll post how that goes after I've had a chance to test it.

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Our vents do not need to be twisted. Just pull down.
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Coincidentally I also was looking at these this past weekend. I had to remove the four screws to see how to remove...and was able to see that you have to squeeze the back of the pin to get it to slide through the hole to remove the grate. If someone was able to remove the filters without removing the housing, I am also interested.
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Mine just pull straight down and I grip it close to center of vent. I do wonder if you can't get just as good a filter cleaning by leaving it installed & just brushing it a few times with the vacuum brush.
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Our vents do not need to be twisted. Just pull down.
Yep just grab and pull straight down.
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Mine just pull straight down and I grip it close to center of vent. I do wonder if you can't get just as good a filter cleaning by leaving it installed & just brushing it a few times with the vacuum brush.
You can but depends on if you have OCD about clean filters.
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My vents just pull down. Some force is necessary. I clean the filters with a vacuum cleaner, then wash them.
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