Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter

January 27, 2016

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 best ways to keep your air conditioner running effortlessly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some basic things you can check on yourself that could keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency AC repair.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists 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 unneeded strain on your system that could lead to problems 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.
  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t running correctly, the problem is very easy - drained batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will provide a warning about a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating problems.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of hot? 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 changing 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 constantly keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your AIR CONDITIONER is currently heating. The "auto" switch only keeps the blower running when the air conditioner is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to exchange your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. Change Your Air Filter - A dirty filter is the most common reason a heating system quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Changing your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifetime of your heating system and avoid AC repair.

Along with these easy 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 set up an appointment by giving us a call at 812-200-5844.