Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your air conditioner technician on Craigslist.

The interweb has gifted us with a variety of places to go to find an air conditioning 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 determined by their company history and practices, other web pages are available to anyone who requests to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad for their services, regardless of whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and experience.

If you hire a company or individual without being able 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 fix your particular air conditioner, you could end up needing a second, more experienced technician to correct their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be good for some small fixes – it’s great for the local business, great for the economy, and probably even great for your wallet. But beware: small companies or one-person businesses could let you down. If something fails, they may simply disappear and not be around to rectify the situation, or they might not have the resources to get your issue resolved quickly, which is bad news 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 benefits that help provide you with more assurance, 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 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 air conditioner’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 probably want to find a second opinion.

Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the system is produced for, and before 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 void your warranty. A voided warranty may cost you way more in future parts due to possible 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 costs around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Also, most manufacturers require annual maintenance to maintain your warranty, so skipping your routine tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, resulting in a huge payout if your AC decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

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

It’s crucial to ensure you do your research before choosing 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 company 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.

Online reviews, references from friends, and an a high 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 choose if they are ideal for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all great 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 higher while you’re away from home.

Long-term, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature all through the day than to raise it 10 degrees while you are away from your home. It normally will not take an excessive amount of more energy to get your home cooled down once you arrive, depending on the home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be changed from a tablet or phone so you can actually adjust the temperature lower before coming home, so your home is nice and comfy when you arrive. This decreases your energy during the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help cool people, they don’t truly lower 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 generates 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 contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is 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 leave ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and additional air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats use the temperature near it to choose whether it needs to start up the air conditioning system to cool your home. Installing 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 AC will turn 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, raising your cooling bills.


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

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioner operate longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it to 75 and it will kick on until it reaches that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will cause your system to run long, wasting money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s ok to replace your air filter annually.

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 replaced as often as every month. Not changing the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioner to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call Niagara Home Services by Enercare today to inquire about your air conditioner or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.