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 simplest ways to keep your air conditioner running smoothly is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few 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.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that can lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak 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 working correctly, the problem is very obvious - dead batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will give a warning approximately a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that could 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 be 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 realize that your system is constantly blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch always 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...
- 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 could 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 three 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 schedule an appointment by giving us a call at 631-246-4029.