Myth 1: Hire your air conditioner technician through Craigslist.
The interweb has given us a variety of choices to go to get an AC service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau gives you information on whether a business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their company history and practices, other web pages are open to anyone who wants to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad promoting their services, regardless of whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and knowledge.
If you decide on a company or individual without having the ability to confirm their qualifications and capability, it may end up costing you more over time. If the technician doesn’t have the knowledge to properly fix your particular air conditioning system, you might end up needing a second, more experienced company to repair their mistakes and end up paying multiple Trip Charges.
Myth 2: Choosing a small business is better.
Hiring small businesses can be great for some minor home services – it’s wonderful for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and likely even wonderful for your bank account. But proceed with caution: small businesses or one-person operations could let you down. If something fails, they may conveniently disappear and not be available to repair it, or they might not have the manpower to get to you quickly, which is bad news if your air conditioning system breaks down in the extreme temperatures of summer.
Budgeting a little bit more for a sizable, more reputable and reliable company can come with advantages that help give you more confidence, 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 available if you need them again.
Myth 3: You can use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioning system.
With the government discontinuing the production of R-22, many people are noticing the fee of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like an easy fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an AC service technician gives you that advice, you likely want to call for a second opinion.
Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the system is developed for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Despite 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 destruction to your air conditioning equipment, it could void your warranty. A nullified warranty might cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to potential damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need yearly A/C system maintenance.
A lot of people who aren’t having trouble with their AC may believe they don’t truly need routine maintenance. It’s working fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that a routine AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will set you back around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers demand annual maintenance to continue your warranty, so foregoing your yearly tune-up could cost you your warranty, meaning a large payout if your AC decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the year.
Myth 5: Learning about the contractor isn’t necessary.
It’s important to make sure you do your research before picking an AC service contractor, especially if you feel a particular company is pressuring you. As we discussed in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a person to be qualified to market their services. It’s important to know what you’re getting into so you don’t end up paying for the same service twice.
Website reviews, testimonials from friends, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of business you will be trusting your business to and help you figure out if they are ideal for you. Angie’s List, Google+, and Yelp are all good review sites to start your search. And, don’t be shy to ask for previous customer references. You may have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioner 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 up while you’re not at home.
Ultimately, 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 normally will not take an outrageous amount of more energy to cool your home once you return, depending on variables of the home.
A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be adjusted from a mobile device so you can actually adjust the temperature cooler before coming home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you arrive. This decreases your energy throughout the day, as well as saving you money on your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Always running ceiling fans will help keep your home cool.
Fans help keep people cool, they don’t actually reduce the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is causing your fan to function creates heat, which can push heat into the air in the home. An efficient ceiling fan does help level the temperature of your room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t a person beneath the fan to feel cool, all the fan is doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already working. So leave ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and more air circulation is not needed.
Myth 8: It doesn’t matter where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats use the temperature near it to choose whether it needs to start up the AC to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is set on. Once that bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will go off and the rest of the floor or home may be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a warm window or an appliance, it might always determine the temperature is much higher than the living area truly is and constantly run your AC, upping your cooling bills.
Myth 9: Excessively lowering your thermostat will help it cool faster.
Turning your air down lower may only make your air conditioner operate longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really want it to be 75, then set it on 75 and it will work until it cools to that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, wasting money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s ok to replace your air filter once a year.
Depending on the health issues for the people living in the home, and the style of air filter you have for your air conditioner, your air filter could need to be swapped out as often as every month. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioner to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.
Call D.A. Bennett Service Experts today for more information about your air conditioning system or to set-up your free in-home consultation.