I just had an AEPF42601 handler installed. I had read/warned about the issue with the poorly designed filter rack and yes, it's a PITA removing the filter. The installer will be coming back on tomorrow to install the outdoor unit, so I wanted to do some research before he comes back. Does the filter rack not have a cover for it? The front of the filter is exposed, which seems odd? He placed a 20x22 filter in it, but told me it takes a 21x23, which he didn't have any to place in it. Seems like a customer size as I didn't see any place to get this size. It was recommended to look into a media filter, but based off of the existing duct, it doesn't appear to be a place to add one. Anyone have any tips or recommendations as to what 1" filter they use with their unit?
One tip I can offer is that I found that sliding a putty knife along the top and or bottom as you pull out will help each cardboard support from ripping just as it exits.