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 best ways to keep your air conditioner running smoothly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some easy 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 unused rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that can lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t working as it should be, the problem is very simple - dead batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning approximately 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 coolair instead of hot? 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 changing the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is constantly blowing air, you could 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 change 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. Changing 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 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 arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 763-535-2000.