Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter

Winter has reared its head and right now you're relying on 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 some easy things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency AC repair.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there about closing off vents in vacant 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 could lead to problems 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 work less efficiently.
  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t working as it should be, the problem is very simple - drained 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 may be the cause of your heating issues.
  3. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of heated? There could 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 consistently 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...

  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 could possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Replacing 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 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 561-533-6066 .

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