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 showed up and right now you're relying on your air conditioner more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner running smoothly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple 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.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's some misinformation out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that can lead to concerns 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 operate less efficiently.
  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating as it should be, the problem is very easy - drained batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will give a warning about a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues.
  3. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of warm? 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 playing around with the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is always blowing air, you may 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 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 exchange your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. Change Your Air Filter - A dirty 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 potentially 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 arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 641-323-1210.