Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter
Winter has reared its head and right now you're relying on your air conditioner more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your air conditioner running effortlessly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some basic things you can check on yourself that may 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 sounds like this would save on energy costs. 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 leaks to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating correctly, the problem is very easy - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will provide a warning about a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating issues.
Are your vents blowing coldair instead of heated? There might 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 playing around with the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is always blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" rather than "auto". The "on" switch always 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 stops working. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Replacing your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the life 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 booked your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 850-250-0335.