Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter
Winter has reared its head and right now you're counting on your air conditioner more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some basic things you can check on yourself that might keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency AC repair.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that could lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating correctly, the problem is very obvious - drained batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will offer a warning around a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating troubles.
Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of warm? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and be 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 see that your system is always blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" rather than "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 change your filters more often. This then leads to...
- Change Your Air Filter - A nasty 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 try to extend the life of your heating system and avoid AC repair.
Along with these simple 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 arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 361-214-1203.