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 trusting your air conditioner more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your air conditioner running effortlessly is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple 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. 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 increased strain on your system that may 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, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t running as it should be, the problem is very simple - drained batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will provide a warning approximately a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating problems. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of hot? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been changing the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is consistently blowing air, you might 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 change your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter - A nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that may possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Swapping 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 simple 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 arrange an appointment online or if give us a call at 805-688-4018.