Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter Winter has showed up and right now you're trusting your air conditioner more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few simple 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 empty 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 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 work less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating as it should be, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will provide a warning about a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of warm? 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 messing around with the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is consistently blowing air, you may 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... 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 could possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Replacing your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifetime 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 online or if give us a call at 772-335-3232.