I improperly installed an air filter and it fell off

I recently made quite a big mistake.

The problem was that I didn’t know about the mistake until a long time later.

I think that making this mistake has taught me to kind of check around the house a little more frequently to see that everything is in order. What I’m referring to is that I went into my HVAC closet on a whim last night to sort of check on things. I actually wanted to see how dirty my air filter was at that point. What I discovered freaked me out and made me feel rather dumb. Apparently, I had not installed the air filter properly. It was lying on the floor just below the HVAC equipment. I had stuck it in wrong and it ended up being blown off. This was particularly distressing because I hadn’t checked on that air filter in a few weeks! I had been running my heating and air conditioning system without an air filter for who knows how long at that point. It may have even been as long as the same day that I improperly installed it! I don’t seem to be experiencing any noticeable problems with my air conditioner or heater though. I’m using both these days because it’s February in the South, and that means that hot days and cold days come at the roll of the dice. I well and truly hope that I did not do extensive or irreparable damage to my heating and air conditioning system! I have always heard that it is a very risky and damaging thing to run an HVAC system without an air filter for any length of time.


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