Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your air conditioner technician from Craigslist.

The internet has given us a variety of choices to go to look for an A/C system 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 and, if so, a letter grade based on their company history and practices, other websites are open to anyone wanting to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad providing their services, despite whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and knowledge.

If you hire a contractor or individual without having the ability to identify their qualifications and skill set, it could end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t have the knowledge to properly repair your particular air conditioning system, you could end up needing another, more experienced contractor to fix their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be wonderful for some minor home services – it’s wonderful for the local business, good for the economy, and probably even wonderful for your bank account. But use caution: small operations or one-person companies could let you down. If something bad happens, they may merely disappear and not be around to rectify the situation, or they might not have the resources to get you taken care of quickly, which is not what you want if your AC malfunctions in the dog days of summer.

Paying a little bit more for a larger, more reputable and reliable company can come with advantages that help offer you more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, excellent workmanship, a large certified team of technicians who give you service 24/7/365, and the assurance that they’ll be available in the future if you ever need them again.

Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your AC.

With the government discontinuing the manufacturing of R-22, many families are observing the price of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant going up. It may seem like a simple fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician gives you that advice, you likely want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is developed for, and before 2010, it was typically R-22. Regardless of the extreme reduction of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your AC system, it could void your warranty. An invalidated warranty might cost you way 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 conditioner may think they don’t actually need annual maintenance. It works just fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that an annual AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Also, most manufacturers require yearly maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so disregarding your yearly tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, meaning a big payout if your AC decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the summer.

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

It’s critical to check that you do your research before deciding on an air conditioning service contractor, especially if you feel a particular company is putting pressure on you. As we said in Myth #1, some sites don’t demand a company to be qualified to place an ad for their services. You absolutely need to know their qualifications and history so you don’t have to pay for the same service multiple times.

Online reviews, references from family, and an a high accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of contractor you will be trusting your business to and help you choose if they are right for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all great review sites to start your research process. Remember, don’t be shy to ask for prior customer testimonials. You might have to invest your hard-earned money with your AC contractor, so invest the time and research to ensure they are the ideal company for your AC.

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

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

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be adjusted from a tablet or phone so you can simply adjust the temperature lower before returning home, so your home is cool and comfy when you arrive. This saves you energy over the course of the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly reduce the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is forcing your fan to run generates heat, which can put heat in the air in your family’s home. A good ceiling fan can help level the temperature of the room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is under the fan to feel the cool air, all you’re doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioner is already working. So keep ceiling fans off 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 measure the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to turn on the air conditioning system to cool the home. Installing a thermostat in your bedroom will only ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the system will go off and the remaining floor or home might be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a sunny window or an appliance, it could continuously think the temperature is much higher than the rest of the home actually is and constantly run your system, increasing 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 AC operate longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it on 75 and it will kick on until it cools to that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 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 change your air filter once every twelve months.

Depending on the health issues for the home’s occupants, and the type of air filter you have for your air conditioner, your air filter might need to be changed as often as every 30 days. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioning system to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

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