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 counting on your air conditioner more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple basic things you can check on yourself that may 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 empty rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that may lead to issues 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 operate less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t running correctly, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning around a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating troubles. Are your vents blowing coolair 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 realize that your system is always blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" rather than "auto". The "on" switch continually 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 swap your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter - A dirty filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. 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 possibly extend the lifetime 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 schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 813-898-9553.