Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Get your air conditioner technician on Craigslist.

The interweb has given us a variety of choices to go to look for 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 business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their organization’s history and practices, other sites are open to anyone who requests to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad providing their services, despite whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and experience.

If you hire a contractor or individual without being able to verify their qualifications and capability, it might end up costing you more in the long run. If the technician doesn’t have the skills to properly repair your particular air conditioner, you might end up needing another, more experienced technician to correct their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Hiring small businesses can be good for some odd jobs – it’s great for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even wonderful for your pocket book. But proceed with caution: small operations or one-person operations could let you down. If something backfires, they may merely disappear and not be there to fix it, or they might not have the resources to get your issue resolved quickly, which is bad news if your air conditioner dies in the heat of the summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a larger, more established and reliable company can come with advantages that help give you more peace of mind, 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 peace of mind that they’ll be a call away in the future if you ever need them again.

Myth 3: You can use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioning system.

With the government putting an end to the production of R-22, many families are seeing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant increasing. It may seem like an easy fix to just substitute a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an AC service technician advises you to do that, you probably want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is produced for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Although there is extreme reduction of the production of R-22, those air conditioners are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your AC system, it could nullify your warranty. A nullified warranty may cost you a lot more in future parts due to potential damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need yearly air conditioning maintenance.

Most people who aren’t having trouble with their air conditioning system may assume they don’t actually need routine maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that an annual AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Also, most manufacturers require yearly maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so disregarding your annual tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, resulting in a large payout if your air conditioner decides to die on the hottest day of the year.

Myth 5: Learning about the business isn’t necessary.

It’s crucial to check that you do your due diligence before picking an AC service contractor, especially if you feel a single company is putting pressure on you. As we discussed in Myth #1, some websites don’t require a contractor to be qualified to market their services. You need to know who you’re working with so you don’t end up paying for the same service twice.

Website reviews, references from friends, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of contractor you will be offering your business to and help you decide if they are right for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good review sites to start your search. And, don’t be afraid to ask for previous customer testimonials. You may have to pay a pretty penny to your AC contractor, so invest the time and research to confirm they are the best company for your AC.

Myth 6: It costs more to turn your thermostat higher while you’re out of your home.

Long-term, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature all through the day than to raise it 10 degrees while you are away from your home. It usually will not take an outrageous amount of additional energy to get your home comfortable once you return, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be adjusted from a phone or tablet so you can actually adjust the temperature cooler before returning home, so your home is nice and comfy when you arrive. This saves you energy over the course of the day, as well as lowering your cooling bills.

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

Fans help cool people, they don’t truly reduce the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is forcing your fan to function generates heat, which can add heat to the air in the home. A good ceiling fan can help level the temperature of your room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel the breeze, all you’re doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioner is already on. So leave ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and extra air circulation is unnecessary.

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

Thermostats read the temperature near it to decide whether it needs to turn on the air conditioner to cool the home. Placing a thermostat in your bedroom will only make sure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will go off and the rest of the floor or home could be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is put near a sunny window or an appliance, it might constantly determine the temperature is much higher than the living area really is and keep running your air conditioner, increasing your energy bills.

Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool more quickly.

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioning system operate longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really feel better at 75, then set it on 75 and it will work until it cools to that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, wasting money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s acceptable to replace your air filter once every twelve months.

Depending on the health issues for the home’s occupants, and the kind of air filter you utilize for your AC, your air filter might need to be changed as often as every 30 days. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioning system to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today if you have any questions about your AC or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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