Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Get your air conditioner technician from Craigslist.

The interweb has gifted us with a variety of places to go to find an AC service technician, but be careful because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau provides you with information on whether a business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade based on their business history and practices, other websites are available to anyone who requests to post an ad. For example, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad for their services, despite whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and knowledge.

If you choose a company or individual without having the ability to confirm their qualifications and competence, it might end up costing you more in the long run. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t have the qualifications to properly repair your specific air conditioning system, you could end up needing a second, more experienced technician to fix their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be great for some small fixes – it’s good for the local business, great for the economy, and maybe even great for your wallet. But beware: small companies or one-person businesses could leave you in a lurch. If something bad happens, they may simply disappear and not be around to rectify the situation, or they may not have the resources to get your issue resolved quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioner goes out in the dog days of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a sizable, more trusted and reliable company can come with perks that help give you more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, excellent workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the peace of mind that they’ll be a call away if you need them again.

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

With the government discontinuing the making of R-22, many families are noticing the price of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like a simple fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an AC service technician recommends this, you may want to find a second opinion.

Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the equipment is produced for, and prior to 2010, it was usually R-22. Although there is extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and replacing R-22 with a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your air conditioner, it could invalidate your warranty. A voided warranty may 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 truly need routine maintenance. It’s working fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that a yearly AC tune- up runs you around $79 while repairs will set you back around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers require annual maintenance to maintain your warranty, so skipping your routine tune-up could cost you your warranty, meaning a big payout if your air conditioning system decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Learning about the company isn’t important.

It’s important to make sure you do your homework before deciding on an air conditioner service contractor, especially if you feel a single company is pushing you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some websites don’t demand a person to be qualified to place an ad for their services. It’s important to know their qualifications and history so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service multiple times.

Social media reviews, referrals from friends, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of business you will be trusting your business to and help you decide if they are ideal for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good places to start your research process. Remember, don’t be afraid to ask for prior customer testimonials. You might have to invest your money with your air conditioner company, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the ideal company for you.

Myth 6: It costs you more to turn your thermostat up while you’re away from home.

Over time, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature all through the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are away from your home. It normally will not require an exorbitant amount of more energy to get your home cooled down once you return, depending on variables of the home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be adjusted from a tablet or phone so you can actually adjust the temperature lower before returning home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you get home. This decreases your energy throughout the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly reduce the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is causing your fan to function creates heat, which can add heat to the air in your family’s home. An efficient ceiling fan could help level the temperature of your room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone beneath the fan to feel the breeze, all the fan is doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the air conditioner is already working. So turn off ceiling fans when no one is in the room and extra air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats use the temperature around it to choose whether it needs to start up the AC to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once that bedroom is cooled, the system will shut off and the remainder of the floor or home may be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a sunny window or an appliance, it could always think the temperature is much higher than the home truly is and keep running your AC, increasing your energy bills.

Myth 9: Excessively lowering your thermostat will help it cool more quickly.

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your AC operate longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really want it to be 75, then set it to 75 and it will kick on until it cools 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 ok to change your air filter once a year.

Depending on the health issues for the home’s occupants, and the kind of air filter you have for your AC, your air filter may need to be changed as often as every 30 days. Not changing the air filter often enough not only causes your air conditioner to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your air conditioner or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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