Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Get your AC technician on Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has gifted us with a variety of choices to go to look for an air conditioning service technician, but be careful because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a company is accredited depending on their organization’s 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, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and knowledge.

If you hire a company or individual without being able to verify their qualifications and skill set, it may end up costing you more in the long run. If the tech doesn’t have the qualifications to properly service your actual air conditioning system, you might end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to fix their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Choosing a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be wonderful for some small fixes – it’s wonderful for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and probably even wonderful for your bank account. But use caution: small operations or one-person companies could leave you holding the bag. If something fails, they may simply disappear and not be there to repair it, or they may not have the workforce to get you taken care of quickly, which is bad news if your AC dies in the dog days of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a larger, more established and reliable company can come with advantages that help provide you with more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert 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 there if you ever require their services.

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

With the government stopping the production of R-22, many people are noticing the cost of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant rising. It may sound like a simple fix to just use a different and lower cost 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 system is produced for, and previous to 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 replacing R-22 with a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your air conditioner, it could invalidate your warranty. An invalidated warranty may cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to likely damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need yearly AC maintenance.

Many people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioning system may think they don’t truly 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 set you back around $500. Also, most manufacturers instruct you to receive annual maintenance to maintain your warranty, so disregarding your annual tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, which means a huge payout if your air conditioning system decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Researching the company isn’t valuable.

It’s critical to check that you do your due diligence before deciding on an air conditioning service company, especially if you feel a particular company is pressuring you. As we said in Myth #1, some sites don’t need a contractor to be qualified to advertise their services. It’s important to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service again.

Online reviews, referrals from family, and an a high accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of company you will be offering your business to and help you decide if they are right for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all good review sites to start your homework. Remember, don’t be shy to ask for past customer testimonials. You could have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioner technician, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the ideal company for your home.

Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat higher 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 gone. It typically will not need an outrageous amount of more energy to get your home comfortable once you arrive, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be increased or decreased from a mobile device so you can actually adjust the temperature back down before returning home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you enter. This reduces your energy during the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help cool people, they don’t truly decrease the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is forcing your fan to function produces heat, which can put heat in the air in the home. A well-working ceiling fan could help level the temperature of your room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if there isn’t a person under the fan to feel the breeze, all you’re doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the AC is already working. So leave ceiling fans off when there is nobody in the room and more air circulation is not needed.

Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.

Thermostats use the temperature near it to determine whether it needs to start up the air conditioner to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in the bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the system will turn off and the remainder of the floor or home may be much warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it may always think the temperature is much higher than the living area really is and continuously run your system, upping your cooling bills.


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

Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioning system run longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really feel better at 75, then put it at 75 and it will run until it reaches that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, squandering money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s ok to swap out your air filter once a year.

Depending on the health issues for the residents of the home, and the style of air filter you utilize for your air conditioner, your air filter may need to be replaced as often as every four weeks. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only makes your AC to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare today for more information about your AC or to set-up your free in-home consultation.