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 efficiently is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some easy things you can check on yourself that might 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 expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that may lead to concerns 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 running properly, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will offer a warning about a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating troubles.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of heated? 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 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" versus "auto". The "on" switch constantly 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 exchange your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. 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 possibly 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 arranged your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 763-276-0617.