Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Get your air conditioning technician through Craigslist.

The internet has given us a variety of places to go to look for an air conditioning service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are qualified. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their organization’s history and practices, other websites are accessible to anyone who requests to post an ad. For example, 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 background.

If you decide on a business or individual without getting to identify their qualifications and capability, it may end up costing you more in the long run. If the technician doesn’t have the knowledge to properly repair your actual 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.

Hiring small businesses can be wonderful for some minor home services – it’s good for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even good for your bank account. But be careful: small operations or one-person operations could let you down. If something backfires, they may merely disappear and not be there to rectify the situation, or they may 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 established and reliable company can come with benefits that help give you 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 if you need them again.

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

With the government ending the making of R-22, many homeowners are seeing the fee of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant increasing. It may sound like an easy fix to just substitute a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician gives you that advice, you probably want to call for a second opinion.

Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the system is developed for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Regardless of the extreme decline 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 invalidate your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you way more in future parts due to potential damage.

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

Many people who aren’t having trouble with their AC may assume they don’t actually need yearly maintenance. It’s running fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that a yearly AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers demand annual maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so skipping your yearly tune-up could cost you your warranty, which means a big payout if your air conditioner decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Learning about the business isn’t necessary.

It’s crucial to ensure you do your research before picking an air conditioner service company, especially if you feel a specific company is pressuring you. As we said in Myth #1, some sites don’t require a person to be qualified to market their services. It’s important to know their qualifications and history so you don’t have to pay for the same service twice.

Website reviews, testimonials from family, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of business you will be trusting your business to and help you decide if they are right for you. Angie’s List, Google+, and Yelp are all good websites to start your search. And, don’t be scared to ask for past customer references. You may have to pay a pretty penny to your air conditioner contractor, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the ideal company for you.

Myth 6: It costs more to turn your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re not at home.

Over time, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature all through the day than to raise it 10 degrees while you are gone. It usually will not need 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 increased or decreased from a phone or tablet so you can actually adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is nice and comfy when you enter. This decreases your energy over the course of 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 cool people, they don’t truly reduce the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan run creates heat, which can put heat in the air in the home. An efficient ceiling fan does help level the temperature of a room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is under the fan to feel cool, all you’re doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already working. So turn off ceiling fans when there is no one in the room and additional air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats read 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 help ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will go off and the remaining floor or home may be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is put near a warm window or an appliance, it may continuously determine the temperature is much higher than the rest of the home actually is and keep running your system, raising your cooling bills.

Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool more speedily.

Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioner run longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it to 75 and it will work until it reaches that temperature. Decreasing 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 change your air filter once a year.

Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the residents of the home, and the type of air filter you utilize for your air conditioning system, your air filter could need to be changed as often as every four weeks. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only causes your AC to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.

Call Calverley Service Experts today if you have any questions about your AC or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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