Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter
Winter has arrived and right now you're relying 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 simple 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 some misinformation out there about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that may lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room then goes to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t running as it should be, the problem is very obvious - dead batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will provide a warning approximately a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues.
Are your vents blowing coolair instead of heated? There could 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 messing around with the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is constantly blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch constantly keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your AIR CONDITIONER is currently heating. The "auto" switch only utilizes 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 swap your filters more often. This then leads to...
- Change Your Air Filter - A dirty filter is the most common reason a heating system quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that can possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Replacing your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifetime of your heating system and avoid AC repair.
Along with these easy tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled air conditioner maintenance. If you haven't booked your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 800-COOLING.