Myth 1: Hire your air conditioner technician on Craigslist.
The internet has provided us with a variety of choices to go to get an AC service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau provides you with information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade based on their company history and practices, other sites are open to anyone wanting to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad providing their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and experience.
If you hire a company or individual without getting to verify their qualifications and skill set, it might end up costing you more in the long run. If the technician doesn’t have the qualifications to properly service your particular AC equipment, you might end up needing a different, more experienced company to fix their mistakes and end up paying multiple Trip Charges.
Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.
Working with small businesses can be good for some odd jobs – it’s good for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even good for your pocket book. But beware: small businesses or one-person operations could leave you in a lurch. If something bad happens, they may simply disappear and not be there to fix it, or they might not have the manpower to get you taken care of quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioning system dies in the dog days of summer.
Paying a little bit more for a sizable, more trusted and reliable company can come with advantages that help offer you more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the assurance that they’ll be there if you need them again.
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your AC.
With the government ending the production of R-22, many homeowners are noticing the fee of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant going up. It may sound like a simple fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and cheaper refrigerant, but if an air conditioner service technician gives you that advice, you probably want to get a second opinion.
Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is designed for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Regardless of the extreme reduction of the production of R-22, those AC systems are still designed for it, and replacing R-22 with a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your air conditioner, it could void your warranty. A nullified warranty might cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to likely damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need annual air conditioning maintenance.
Most people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioning system may assume they don’t truly need annual maintenance. It’s running fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that an annual AC tune- up runs you around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers demand yearly maintenance to maintain your warranty, so skipping your routine tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, which means a big payout if your air conditioning system decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the summer.
Myth 5: Learning about the contractor isn’t valuable.
It’s critical to check that you do your research before choosing an AC service business, especially if you feel a single company is pressuring you. As we said in Myth #1, some sites don’t need a contractor to be qualified to market their services. You need to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to pay for the same service again.
Social media reviews, testimonials from friends, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of company 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 wonderful websites to start your research process. Also, don’t be scared to ask for previous customer references. You might have to invest your money with your AC contractor, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the best company for you.
Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat up while you’re not at home.
Ultimately, 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 are gone. It typically will not take an exorbitant amount of extra energy to cool your home once you enter, depending on your home.
A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be adjusted from a mobile device so you can easily adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you arrive. This saves you energy during the day, as well as lowering your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Continuously running ceiling fans will help cool your home.
Fans help keep you cool, they don’t really lower the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is causing your fan to run produces heat, which can add heat to the air in your family’s home. An efficient ceiling fan does help level the temperature of your room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel cool, all the fan is doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the AC is already on. So leave ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and more air circulation is unnecessary.
Myth 8: Where the thermostat is installed doesn’t matter.
Thermostats measure the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to turn on the air conditioner to cool your home. Installing a thermostat in your bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will shut off and the remaining floor or home might be much warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it might continuously think the temperature is much higher than the rest of the home really is and continuously run your air conditioner, upping your energy bills.
Myth 9: Excessively lowering your thermostat will help it cool faster.
Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioner 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 on 75 and it will kick on until it reaches that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 73 won’t make it lower to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, squandering money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s ok to change your air filter once every twelve months.
Depending on the health conditions of the residents of the home, and the type of air filter you use for your air conditioning system, your air filter may need to be swapped out as often as every 30 days. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only causes your AC to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.
Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your air conditioner or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.