Is there any way to clean an active carbon filter? I took my pre filter off to wash it and forgot about it. So now my filter seems to be getting more and more clogged up. I was just wondering if they can be washed or something or am I just beat to replace it?
Depends on construction of the filter really. If you can take it apart and empty the media out and get it back together? I believe you can find instructions online for heating the media up in oven or grill. That will refresh it some, but it won’t be 100%.
If you can successfully get it apart and back together, you could also probably replace the active carbon without spending a fortune.
Check out potsquatch on YouTube shows how to refill and or make homemade active carbon filters
Your not using any humidifiers with tap water are you @happyhippy?
Tap water that is hard in an oscillating humidifier will clog charcoal filters
The only thing is you need to tamp it the hydro store that was around here in the 90s used to refill and tamp them. The one I tried to do didn’t work u could rent a small tamper and pack it tight
I run mine off my ro keeps things low maintenance
@tdubwilly no I am not. Actually I am running a dehumidifier as I am in late bloom of my first grow. I live close to the lake and it it humid all the time. Even with my central air conditioning running in my house and a negative pressure in my tent I am running around 60-70% humidity with 2 plants if I don’t have the dehumidifier going.
@hoppiefrog I was thinking about it as it is legal but I don’t want the wrong people to smell it and break into my house. I am in a very nice respectable neighbourhood but there are some teens around and I am in a small town and word travels fast.
He asked because rh that high could prematurely plug up your filter. Even though it’s not intentional.
Sorry I wasn’t trying to sound rude or pompous. Just trying to explain my environment the best I can. And I appreciate any and all advice.
No apologies needed, I didn’t think you were being rude nor was I trying to be.
I was just explaining that his question was relative, even though you aren’t running a humidifier. The issue at hand is that high relative humidity will significantly reduce effective of your filter. Your issue just happens to be from natural environment.
understood. And I understand what you guys are saying now. Makes sense sucks though. I have read somewhere on The internet that you could wash them with mild dish soap and dry. I guess if I need a new one any ways I have nothing to lose with my old one. When I do do it I will be sure to post my results.
I’ve thrown a bunch of them away, Can you take it down and roll it around on ground? you’ll get a little more life out of it. Some crap will come out. I had read that somewhere and I did that while I was waiting for the new filter to come in and haven’t needed it yet. It had clogged up from using a humidifier and it was 6 months old I rolled it across a 40 foot deck about 100 times ! Basically bouncing around loosens all the crap up and falls out. Hope that helps.
Thanks @zparkie2 I’ll give it a try. I did try blow it out with my compressor in the garage and it did help a bit.
Just found this thread today. I will be doing this today. I have the carbon now so its off to see the wizard.
I did it i refilled 2 different brand filters. Check out my other thread Air filter rebuild instructions!