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 trusting your air conditioner more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner running effortlessly is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few basic things you can check on yourself that might 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 increased strain on your system that can lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently.
  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t working properly, the problem is very obvious - depleted 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 troubles.
  3. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of hot? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been messing around with the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is always blowing air, you could 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 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...

  4. Change Your Air Filter - A gross filter is the most common reason a heating system stops working. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that can possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Changing 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 easy tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled air conditioner maintenance. If you haven't scheduled your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 714-464-3376.

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