Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter

Simple 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 simplest ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some simple things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency AC repair.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that may 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.
  2. 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. Usually, your thermostat will provide a warning approximately a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating problems.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of warm? There might be a simple explanation for it. Check and make 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 see that your system is constantly blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch constantly 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...

  4. 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 can possibly cause your air conditioner to overheat. Replacing your air conditioner filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifespan 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 arranged your annual air conditioner service yet, you can easily arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 702-623-0579.

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