Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter
Winter has arrived and right now you're trusting your air conditioner more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few easy 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 issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t running correctly, the problem is very easy - dead batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will provide a warning around a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating troubles.
Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of warm? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been playing around with the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is consistently blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch continually 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 swap 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 may possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Swapping your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help try to extend the lifetime 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 schedule an appointment by giving us a call at 512-937-2001.