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 arrived 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 empty rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that could lead to problems 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 work less efficiently.
  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t running correctly, the problem is very easy - dead batteries in your thermostat. Typically, 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 problems.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of hot? There could 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 changing the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is constantly 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 swap your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. Change Your Air Filter - A gross filter is the most common reason a heating system quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that may possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Changing your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help try to 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 arranged your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 570-244-2510.