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 best ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some simple 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 wrong information out there about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that can lead to concerns 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 working correctly, the problem is very simple - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will provide a warning about a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating issues.
Are your vents blowing coolair instead of heated? 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 messing around with the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is consistently 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 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 nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. 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 scheduled your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 956-630-3522.