Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for AC Repair This Winter

Winter has showed up and right now you're trusting your air conditioner more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few 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.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there 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 could 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 run less efficiently.
  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your air conditioner isn-t working properly, the problem is very easy - drained batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning approximately a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating troubles.
  3. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of hot? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure 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 realize that your system is always 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 swap your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. Change Your Air Filter - A gross filter is the most common reason a heating system stops working. 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 life 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 by giving us a call at 918-682-8238.

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