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 relying on your air conditioner more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your air conditioner running smoothly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some 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 wrong information out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that can lead to issues 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 run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t operating correctly, the problem is very simple - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will offer a warning about a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of hot? 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 messing around with the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is consistently blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" rather than "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 swap your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter - A nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. 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 try to 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 set up an appointment online or if give us a call at 949-525-9119.