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Topic # 154303 23-Oct-2014 18:46
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HRV contacted me last week advising it's time for our 2 yearly service and it would cost $220 for a contractor to come out and replace the filter (and check some basic settings).

Is this really required every 2 years? Is it practicle/easy enough to change the filter myself? Is this expensive for what they actually do?

Would love some feedback/thoughts on this.

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  Reply # 1160902 23-Oct-2014 19:01
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I've found our filters are pretty well munted after a couple of years worth of dust and crap being blocked from entering the house. We do have a summer kit though (brings the air in from outside when the roof temperature gets too high). You can buy the filters yourself (Trademe etc) if you're keen, but if this is the first change since installation maybe getting them in to do it for you wouldn't hurt.




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  Reply # 1160904 23-Oct-2014 19:19
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BigHammer: I've found our filters are pretty well munted after a couple of years worth of dust and crap being blocked from entering the house.

Aren't you supposed to clean them every few month or something?

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  Reply # 1160915 23-Oct-2014 19:24
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No. They're not really classified as user serviceable. Unless they've changed recently, they're cardboard/paper filters that are taped up inside metal boxes.




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  Reply # 1160926 23-Oct-2014 19:53
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There are a number of posts going back a few years stating how easy it is to change the filter yourself - it appears that the most difficult parts of this will be to get access to the unit in the ceiling and resetting the control panel service light.

The price of a filter is about $90-100 delivered. So you pay another $120 for someone to come to your house and get into your ceiling to change the filter.

I had a guy in on Monday to change the filter - took him less than 15 minutes - to change the filter, check for any signs of damage, and reset the control panel. Since this was the first time I had this done (previous owner last had it done in 2011), I thought it was worth it.

I was also told that the type of unit installed in our house has an expected life of 8 years. Since our unit will be 9 years old next time, I should probably get the HRV guys in here next time as well.

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