Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your air conditioner technician through Craigslist.

The internet has given us a variety of choices to go to find an A/C system service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau displays information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade depending on their company history and practices, other web pages are open to anyone who requests to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad promoting their services, regardless of whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and knowledge.

If you hire a business or individual without getting to identify their qualifications and skill set, it may end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t have the knowledge to properly repair your actual AC equipment, you might end up needing another, more experienced contractor to fix their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple service charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Hiring small businesses can be good for some small fixes – it’s good for the local business, great for the economy, and probably even wonderful for your pocket book. But proceed with caution: small companies or one-person companies could let you down. If something fails, they may merely disappear and not be around to repair it, or they could not have the workforce to get to you quickly, which is bad news if your air conditioner malfunctions in the dog days of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a bigger, more trusted and reliable company can come with benefits that help offer you more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, excellent workmanship, a large certified team of servicemen and women who provide you service 24/7/365, and the assurance that they’ll be a call away if you ever require their services.

 
Myth 3: It’s fine to use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioning system.

With the government ending the production of R-22, many families are noticing the price of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant increasing. It may seem like a simple fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and cheaper refrigerant, but if an air conditioner service technician recommends this, you may want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the system is developed for, and prior to 2010, it was typically R-22. Although there is extreme decline of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause damage to your air conditioner, it could nullify your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you way more in future parts due to potential damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need routine AC maintenance.

Many people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioner may believe they don’t really need routine maintenance. It works just fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that a routine AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will cost you around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers instruct you to receive annual maintenance to maintain your warranty, so foregoing your yearly tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, meaning a huge payout if your air conditioner decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Researching the business isn’t valuable.

It’s critical to check that you do your due diligence before choosing an air conditioner service contractor, especially if you feel a particular company is intimidating you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some sites don’t demand a person to be qualified to advertise their services. You need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service twice.

Website reviews, testimonials from family, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of company you will be offering your business to and help you figure out if they are ideal for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good places to start your research process. And, don’t be afraid to ask for past customer referrals. You might have to pay a pretty penny to your air conditioning technician, so invest a little time and research to ensure they are the right company for your home.

Myth 6: It costs you more to turn your thermostat higher while you’re not at home.

Long-term, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a lower temperature over the course of the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you’re away. It typically will not require an outrageous amount of extra energy to get your home cooled down once you return, depending on variables of the home.

A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be changed from a phone or tablet so you can easily adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you get home. This reduces your energy over the course of the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

Myth 7: Constantly running ceiling fans will help keep your home cool.

Fans help keep you cool, they don’t really decrease the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan run creates heat, which can add heat to the air in the home. A good ceiling fan does help level the temperature of your room and may contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is under the fan to feel cool, all you’re doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioner is already working. So leave ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and extra air circulation is unneeded.

Myth 8: Where the thermostat is installed doesn’t matter.

Thermostats read the temperature near it to determine whether it needs to turn on the AC to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in the bedroom will only ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the system will go off and the rest of the floor or home may be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a warm window or an appliance, it could continuously read the temperature as being much higher than the rest of the home actually is and constantly run your system, raising your energy bills.

Myth 9: Turning your thermostat down much lower will help it cool faster.

Lowering your air excessively may only make your AC run longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it to 75 and it will work until it gets to that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, wasting money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s fine to swap out your air filter annually.

Depending on the health conditions of the home’s occupants, and the kind of air filter you utilize for your air conditioner, your air filter might need to be replaced as often as every month. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only causes your air conditioner to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your AC or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.

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