Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter
Winter has showed up and right now you're relying on your air conditioner more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your air conditioner running smoothly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple 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 a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that may lead to issues 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 operate less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating correctly, the problem is very simple - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will offer a warning about a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating troubles.
Are your vents blowing coldair instead of heated? There might 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 playing around with the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is consistently blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch always 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 change your filters more often. This then leads to...
- Change Your Air Filter - A gross filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. 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 schedule an appointment by giving us a call at 979-323-6130.