Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter
Winter has arrived and right now you're counting on your air conditioner more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some basic things you can check on yourself that could keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency AC repair.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that could lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t working correctly, the problem is very simple - dead batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will offer a warning around a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating problems.
Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of hot? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and make sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been changing the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is consistently blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch constantly keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your AIR CONDITIONER is currently heating. The "auto" switch only runs the blower when the air conditioner is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to exchange your filters more often. This then leads to...
- Change Your Air Filter - A gross filter is the most common reason a heating system quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Swapping your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifespan of your heating system and avoid AC repair.
Along with these three tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled air conditioner maintenance. If you haven't arranged your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 254-355-3833.