Myth 1: Get your AC technician from Craigslist.
The World Wide Web has provided us with a variety of choices to go to get an AC service technician, but beware because not all are qualified. 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 websites are accessible to anyone wanting to post an ad. For example, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad promoting their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and background.
If you choose a company or individual without having the ability to verify their qualifications and competence, it might end up costing you more over time. If the tech doesn’t know how to properly fix your actual air conditioning system, you could end up needing a different, more experienced technician to repair their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.
Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.
Hiring small businesses can be good for some minor home services – it’s good for the local business, good for the economy, and maybe even good for your wallet. But be careful: small companies or one-person companies could leave you holding the bag. If something goes wrong, they may simply disappear and not be available to fix it, or they may not have the resources to get your issue resolved quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioning system goes out in the heat of the summer.
Spending a little bit more for a larger, more established and reliable company can come with advantages that help offer you more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified team of technicians who give you service 24/7/365, and the peace of mind that they’ll be there if you need them again.
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioning system.
With the government discontinuing the manufacturing of R-22, many people are noticing the cost of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant rising. It may sound like a simple fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an AC service technician gives you that advice, you probably want to find a second opinion.
Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the equipment is designed for, and before 2010, it was commonly R-22. Despite the extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those AC systems are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause damage to your air conditioner, it could void your warranty. A voided warranty might cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to possible damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need yearly AC maintenance.
Many people who aren’t having trouble with their AC may assume they don’t actually need yearly maintenance. It’s working fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that a yearly AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will cost you around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers require routine maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so disregarding your yearly tune-up could cost you your warranty, which means a big payout if your air conditioner decides to go out on the hottest day of the season.
Myth 5: Finding out about the business isn’t necessary.
It’s important to make sure you do your research before choosing an air conditioner service company, especially if you feel a specific company is pressuring you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some websites don’t demand a company to be qualified to place an ad for their services. You absolutely need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to pay for the same service again.
Website reviews, referrals from family, and an a high accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of contractor you will be offering your business to and help you decide if they are best for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all wonderful review sites to start your search. And, don’t be shy to ask for prior customer testimonials. You may have to invest your money with your air conditioning contractor, so invest the time and research to make sure they are the ideal company for you.
Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat up while you’re not at home.
Long-term, it will actually cost you more to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature all through the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are away from your home. It normally will not require an outrageous amount of more energy to cool your home once you enter, depending on variables of the home.
A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be adjusted from a mobile device so you can actually adjust the temperature cooler before returning home, so your home is cool and comfy when you arrive. This saves you energy over the course of the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Constantly running ceiling fans will help cool your home.
Fans help keep you cool, they don’t actually lower the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is forcing your fan to function produces heat, which can push heat into the air in the home. An efficient ceiling fan can help level the temperature of the room and may contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is below the fan to feel cool, all you’re doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already running. So leave ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and additional air circulation is not needed.
Myth 8: It doesn’t matter where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats measure the temperature near it to choose whether it needs to start up the air conditioning system to cool down your home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only make sure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set on. Once that bedroom is cooled, the AC will shut off and the remaining floor or home could be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it could always read the temperature as being much higher than the rest of the home really is and keep running your system, raising your energy bills.
Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool more speedily.
Decreasing your air by too much may only make your AC run longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature 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 run until it cools to that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, costing you money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s ok to swap out your air filter once every twelve months.
Depending on the health conditions of the residents of the home, and the kind of air filter you have for your AC, your air filter may need to be replaced as often as every four weeks. Not changing the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioner to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.
Call Service Experts Commercial HVAC today if you have any questions about your air conditioning system or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.