Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter01/27/2016Simple 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 maintain appointments for 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 vacant 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 could 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, making an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating correctly, the problem is very easy - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will provide a warning about 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 hot? 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 changing the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is constantly blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your AIR CONDITIONER is currently heating. The "auto" switch only keeps the blower running 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... 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 could possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Changing your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the lifespan 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 arranged your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily set up an appointment online or if give us a call at 619-448-2470.