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 stay 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 some misinformation out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that could lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room then goes to other rooms in your house, making 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 easy - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will give a warning about a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating troubles. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of heated? 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 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 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 change your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter - A dirty 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. Replacing your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help try to extend the lifespan 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 arranged your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily set up an appointment online or if give us a call at 909-982-5698.