Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Get your air conditioning technician through Craigslist.

The interweb has given us a variety of options to go to look for an A/C system service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau provides you with information on whether a company is accredited and, if so, a letter grade based on their company history and practices, other websites are accessible to anyone who requests to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad providing their services, regardless of whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and knowledge.

If you decide on a contractor or individual without being able to verify their qualifications and competence, it may end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t have the knowledge to properly repair your actual air conditioning system, you may end up needing a second, more experienced technician to fix their mistakes and end up paying multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Choosing a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be great for some odd jobs – it’s wonderful for the local business, good for the economy, and maybe even great for your wallet. But beware: small companies or one-person operations could leave you in a lurch. If something goes wrong, they may simply disappear and not be around to repair it, or they may not have the resources to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioner goes out in the extreme temperatures of summer.

Paying a little bit more for a sizable, more trusted and reliable company can come with perks that help provide you with more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert workmanship, a large certified team of technicians who give you service 24/7/365, and the confidence that they’ll be there in the future if you ever need them again.

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

With the government putting an end to the making of R-22, many homeowners are noticing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like a simple fix to just substitute a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician advises you to do that, you probably want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the system is designed for, and previous to 2010, it was typically R-22. Regardless of the extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those AC systems are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause damage to your AC system, it could void your warranty. A voided warranty may cost you hundreds or thousands 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 conditioning system may believe they don’t actually need annual maintenance. It’s running fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that an annual AC tune- up is priced around $79 while the cost of a repair averages around $500. Also, most manufacturers require yearly maintenance to maintain your warranty, so foregoing your routine tune-up could cost you your warranty, resulting in a big payout if your AC decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Learning about the contractor isn’t valuable.

It’s crucial to make sure you do your homework before picking an air conditioning service contractor, especially if you feel a specific company is pushing you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some websites don’t demand a contractor to be qualified to place an ad for their services. It’s important to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to pay for the same service twice.

Online reviews, testimonials from friends, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of company you will be trusting your business to and help you figure out if they are right for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all wonderful websites to start your research process. Remember, don’t be scared to ask for previous customer referrals. You could have to invest your money with your AC company, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the ideal company for your home.

Myth 6: It costs more to turn your thermostat higher while you’re out of your home.

Long-term, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature all through the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are gone. It typically will not require an exorbitant amount of additional energy to get your home cooled down once you enter, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be changed from a tablet or phone so you can simply adjust the temperature back down before coming home, so your home is nice and comfy when you enter. This saves you energy during the day, as well as saving you money on your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly decrease the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan operate creates heat, which can put heat in the air in your home. An efficient ceiling fan can help level the temperature of your room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone under 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 leave ceiling fans off when there is nobody in the room and additional air circulation is not needed.

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

Thermostats measure the temperature near it to choose whether it needs to turn on the AC to cool your home. Installing a thermostat in your bedroom will only ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set on. Once that bedroom is cooled, the AC will shut off and the remainder of the floor or home might be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is put near a well-lit window or an appliance, it could continuously determine the temperature is much higher than the living area really is and keep running your AC, increasing your energy bills.

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

Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioner operate longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really want it to be 75, then put it at 75 and it will kick on until it cools to that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 73 won’t make it lower to 75 any faster, and it will cause your system to run long, 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 people living in the home, and the type of air filter you utilize for your AC, your air filter could need to be changed as often as every four weeks. Not changing the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioning system to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.

Call Air Engineers Service Experts today for more information about your air conditioner or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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