Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter
Winter has reared its head and right now you're trusting your air conditioner more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few 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.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that could 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 operate less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t running as it should be, the problem is very simple - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will offer 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.
Are your vents blowing coolair instead of heated? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure 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 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. 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 simple 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 schedule an appointment by giving us a call at 507-387-6596.