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 stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple simple 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 a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in vacant 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 issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room then goes to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating properly, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will give a warning approximately a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating problems.
Are your vents blowing chilledair 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 changing the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is constantly blowing air, you may 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 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 change your filters more often. This then leads to...
- Change Your Air Filter - A nasty 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. Swapping 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 scheduled your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 541-238-2797.