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Old 08-08-2015, 09:50 AM   #1
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Removing AC Duct Filters (Ducted AC model)

Is there a wrong way to take out the ceiling ducts for the AC system? i'm very hesitant to go pulling too hard on them; it seems they are held in place by double-sided tape and two clamps. Do you just yank them out or is there something more to do? And is that really the only filter on this system?
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:12 PM   #2
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The new issue of Blue Beret has instructions for cleaning the filters in the new ducted AC models.
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:24 PM   #3
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I assume that you are talking about the air returns for the ducted system. I have taken mine off several times to clean the foam filters.

I remove them by grabbing the end and pulling down.

Here is a picture of what they look like when removed.

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I too just pull down from the ends to remove. I have to pull down pretty hard to release the clips. There is no double sided tape on mine. Joe
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Thanks guys. Yes, that's the one. Didn't know there were foam filters in there. We spent 7 weeks in ours and I'm SHOCKED by how much dust is built up on them. We didn't even use the AC that often. There's got to be a better filter out there than foam though...? Has anyone found a replacement?
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Okay, I finally got around to pulling mine out. Now what...? How do you go about cleaning that sorry excuse for a "filter"!? I'm surprised to see all that wiring in the AC duct too. I don't see any way to do a better filter modification.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:05 PM   #7
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The new issue of Blue Beret has instructions for cleaning the filters in the new ducted AC models.

Dave, just noticed your reply. Sorry! I'm not a WBCCI member or subscriber to the magazine. Would you mind sharing how they clean the filter?
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Dave, just noticed your reply. Sorry! I'm not a WBCCI member or subscriber to the magazine. Would you mind sharing how they clean the filter?
I have the same ceiling returns. I just pulled mine down and wiped clean with a paper towel. For the sponge filter I took it outside and slapped a cloth (bandana) to both sides. Cleaned up in a few seconds.
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I ended up vacuuming my vents and yes, slapping out the foam thing. Definitely in the market for some sort of better filtration there.
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don't forget that you want to maintain an adequate air flow. Therefore the filter medium cannot be too restrictive.
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Yeah... plus I'd have to find something that small. Does anyone know if there is another filter up in the outside unit as well?
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Does anyone know where to buy replacement filters or part numbers? I purchased some while at JC last March but haven’t located them online anywhere. Thanks.
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