Myth 1: Hire your air conditioning technician on Craigslist.
The internet has gifted us with a variety of options to go to get an air conditioning service technician, but be careful because not all are qualified. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a company 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. Case in point, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad for their services, despite whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and knowledge.
If you decide on a business or individual without being able to identify their qualifications and skill set, it may end up costing you more ultimately. If the tech doesn’t have the skills to properly service your particular air conditioning system, you may end up needing a different, more experienced company to correct their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple Trip Charges.
Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.
Working with small businesses can be good for some small fixes – it’s good for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and probably even great for your bank account. But beware: small companies or one-person operations could leave you in a lurch. If something bad happens, they may merely disappear and not be there to fix it, or they might not have the workforce to get to you quickly, which is bad news if your AC dies in the dog days of summer.
Paying a little bit more for a sizable, more established and reliable company can come with perks that help offer you more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the peace of mind that they’ll be there if you need them again.
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your AC.
With the government stopping the making of R-22, many homeowners are observing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like a simple fix to just use a different and cheaper refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician advises you to do that, you likely want to get a second opinion.
Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the system is produced for, and previous to 2010, it was typically R-22. Despite the extreme reduction of the production of R-22, those AC systems are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your air conditioning equipment, it could nullify your warranty. An invalidated warranty may cost you way more in future parts due to likely damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need routine A/C system maintenance.
A lot of people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioner may assume they don’t actually need annual maintenance. It’s running fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that a yearly AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers require yearly maintenance to continue your warranty, so skipping your routine tune-up could cost you your warranty, resulting in a huge payout if your air conditioner decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the summer.
Myth 5: Researching the contractor isn’t necessary.
It’s critical to make sure you do your research before deciding on an air conditioning service business, especially if you feel a specific company is pressuring you. As we said in Myth #1, some websites don’t require a company 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 again.
Social media reviews, testimonials from neighbors, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of company you will be trusting your business to and help you decide if they are ideal for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good places to start your research process. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for prior customer references. You might have to pay a pretty penny to your air conditioner technician, so invest a little time and research to make sure they are the right company for your AC.
Myth 6: It costs you more to turn your thermostat higher while you’re out of your home.
Long-term, it will actually cost you more to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature all through the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you are away from your home. It typically will not require an exorbitant amount of additional energy to get your home cooled down once you enter, depending on variables of the home.
A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be adjusted from a phone or tablet so you can actually adjust the temperature back down before coming home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you get home. This reduces your energy during the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Continuously running ceiling fans will help keep your home cool.
Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly lower the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is making your fan operate produces heat, which can put heat in the air in your family’s home. A good ceiling fan can help level the temperature of your room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is below the fan to feel the breeze, all it’s doing is squandering 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 unnecessary.
Myth 8: It doesn’t matter where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats measure the temperature surrounding it to decide whether it needs to turn on the AC to cool your home. Installing a thermostat in a bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will shut off and the remaining floor or home could be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a warm window or an appliance, it could constantly determine the temperature is much higher than the home truly is and keep running your air conditioner, increasing your utility bills.
Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool more quickly.
Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioner work longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it on 75 and it will work until it gets to that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it lower to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, squandering 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 utilize for your air conditioning system, your air filter could need to be swapped out as often as every 30 days. Not changing the air filter often enough not only makes your AC to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.
Call Bob Brown Service Experts today if you have any questions about your AC or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.