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 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 effortlessly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few easy things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency AC repair.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that may lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently.
  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating properly, the problem is very easy - drained batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will provide a warning approximately a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating issues.
  3. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of warm? There may 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 notice that your system is always blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch continually 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 swap your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. 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 may 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 simple 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 arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 573-203-3908.