Myth 1: Hire your air conditioner technician from Craigslist.
The interweb has given us a variety of choices to go to get an air conditioning service technician, but beware because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their business history and practices, other web pages are accessible to anyone who wants to post an ad. For example, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad providing their services, regardless of whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and background.
If you hire a company or individual without being able to confirm their qualifications and capability, it might end up costing you more in the long run. If the technician doesn’t have the skills to properly service your particular AC equipment, you could end up needing a second, more experienced company to fix their mistakes and it could cost you multiple service charges.
Myth 2: Hiring 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 wallet. But be careful: small companies or one-person businesses could leave you in a lurch. If something bad happens, they may conveniently disappear and not be there to rectify the situation, or they might not have the resources to get to you quickly, which is not what you want if your AC dies in the dog days of summer.
Budgeting a little bit more for a bigger, more reputable and reliable company can come with advantages that help give you more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified team of servicemen and women who provide you service 24/7/365, and the peace of mind that they’ll be available if you need them again.
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioner.
With the government stopping the manufacturing of R-22, many families are seeing the price of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like an easy fix to just substitute a different and cheaper refrigerant, but if an AC service technician recommends this, you likely want to find a second opinion.
Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the equipment is designed for, and prior to 2010, it was commonly R-22. Despite 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 air conditioner, it could invalidate your warranty. A nullified warranty might cost you way more in future parts due to potential damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need routine A/C system maintenance.
A lot of people who aren’t having trouble with their air conditioning system may think they don’t actually need routine maintenance. It’s running fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that a routine AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will cost you around $500. Also, most manufacturers instruct you to receive annual maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so disregarding your routine tune-up could cost you your warranty, meaning a large payout if your air conditioning system decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the summer.
Myth 5: Finding out about the company isn’t important.
It’s important to check that you do your due diligence before deciding on an AC service company, especially if you feel a particular company is putting pressure on you. As we said in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a contractor to be qualified to market their services. You need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service again.
Social media reviews, references from friends, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of business you will be giving your business to and help you choose if they are ideal for you. Angie’s List, Google+, and Yelp are all great websites to start your homework. Remember, don’t be shy to ask for past customer references. You may have to pay a pretty penny to your AC company, so invest some time and research to make sure they are the best company for your home.
Myth 6: It costs more to turn your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re out of your home.
Ultimately, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature throughout the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you’re away. It normally will not need an exorbitant amount of more energy to get your home cooled down once you enter, depending on your home.
A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be changed from a mobile device so you can simply adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfy when you get home. This reduces your 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 cool people, they don’t really reduce the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan operate produces heat, which can add heat to the air in your home. A well-working ceiling fan does help level the temperature of a room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel the cool air, all you’re doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already running. So leave ceiling fans off when there is nobody in the room and more air circulation is unneeded.
Myth 8: It doesn’t matter where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats use the temperature surrounding it to determine whether it needs to turn on the AC to cool down your home. Installing a thermostat in the bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once that bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will shut off and the remaining floor or home might be much warmer. If the thermostat is put near a sunny window or an appliance, it may constantly think the temperature is much higher than the rest of the home truly is and continuously run your air conditioner, upping your energy bills.
Myth 9: Excessively lowering your thermostat will help it cool more speedily.
Lowering your air excessively may only make your AC operate longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then put it at 75 and it will work until it reaches that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, costing you money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s fine to replace your air filter annually.
Depending on the health conditions of the people living in the home, and the type of air filter you utilize for your air conditioning system, your air filter might need to be replaced as often as every four weeks. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only makes your AC to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.
Call All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your air conditioner or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.