Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter Winter has reared its head and right now you're relying on your air conditioner more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner running smoothly is to maintain appointments for 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 unused rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that can lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room then goes to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t running properly, the problem is very simple - dead batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning around a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of warm? There might 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 may 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 gross filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could 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 three 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 727-398-5515.