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 counting on your air conditioner more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your air conditioner running smoothly is to keep up on 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 empty rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that can lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating as it should be, the problem is very easy - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will offer a warning about a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating troubles. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of warm? There may 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 playing around with the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is consistently 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 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 change your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter - A dirty 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 possibly 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 arranged your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 623-206-6770.