Myth 1: Get your AC technician from 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 business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade depending on their organization’s history and practices, other websites are open to anyone who requests to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad providing their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and experience.
If you hire a company or individual without having the ability 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 conditioner, you may end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to correct their mistakes and end up paying multiple services 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 maybe even wonderful for your bank account. But proceed with caution: small operations or one-person businesses could leave you holding the bag. If something bad happens, they may simply disappear and not be there to fix it, or they may not have the workforce to get your issue resolved quickly, which is bad news if your AC dies in the dog days of summer.
Budgeting a little bit more for a bigger, 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 confidence that they’ll be there if you ever require their services.
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your AC.
With the government stopping the production of R-22, many homeowners are noticing the price of refilling their air conditioner’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 advises you to do that, you may want to call for a second opinion.
Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the equipment is produced for, and previous to 2010, it was commonly R-22. Despite 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 destruction to your air conditioner, it could void your warranty. A voided warranty might cost you a lot more in future parts due to likely damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need annual 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 spend the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that a yearly 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 skipping your yearly tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, which means a big payout if your AC decides to go out on the hottest day of the season.
Myth 5: Finding out about the business isn’t valuable.
It’s critical to check that you do your due diligence before choosing an AC service company, especially if you feel a specific company is pressuring you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some sites don’t need a contractor to be qualified to advertise their services. You need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service again.
Social media reviews, referrals from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of business 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 great review sites to start your homework. Remember, don’t be shy to ask for past customer testimonials. You could have to pay a pretty penny to your air conditioner technician, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the ideal company for you.
Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat higher while you’re away from home.
Over time, it will actually cost you more to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature all through the day than to raise it 10 degrees while you are gone. It usually will not need an outrageous amount of more energy to cool your home once you return, depending on your home.
A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be increased or decreased from a phone or tablet so you can actually adjust the temperature lower before returning home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you enter. This reduces your energy throughout the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.
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 your home. A well-working ceiling fan could help level the temperature of the room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if there isn’t a person below the fan to feel the breeze, all it’s doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already working. So turn off ceiling fans when there is nobody in the room and more air circulation is unneeded.
Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats use the temperature around it to determine whether it needs to start up the air conditioner to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in a bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the system will shut off and the rest of the floor or home may be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it might always read the temperature as being much higher than the home really is and continuously run your AC, upping your energy bills.
Myth 9: Turning your thermostat down much lower will help it cool more quickly.
Turning your air down lower may only make your air conditioning system run longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really feel better at 75, then set it on 75 and it will work until it cools to that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it cool 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 type of air filter you utilize for your air conditioner, your air filter may need to be changed as often as every four weeks. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only causes your air conditioning system to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.
Call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for more information about your air conditioning system or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.