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 simplest ways to keep your air conditioner running smoothly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple basic 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 unused rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded 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, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating as it should be, the problem is very obvious - dead batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will offer a warning about a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating troubles.
Are your vents blowing coolair instead of warm? There could 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 messing around with the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is consistently blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch always 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 nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system stops working. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that can possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Replacing your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the life 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 booked your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 314-262-4541.