Myth 1: Get your air conditioning technician through Craigslist.
The interweb has given us a variety of options to go to look for an A/C system service technician, but be careful because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their company history and practices, other sites are open to anyone who wants to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad for their services, regardless of whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and knowledge.
If you decide on a company or individual without having the ability to identify their qualifications and capability, it could end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t know how to properly fix your specific air conditioner, you could end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to fix their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple service charges.
Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.
Working with small businesses can be wonderful for some minor home services – it’s wonderful for the local business, good for the economy, and maybe even good for your pocket book. But be careful: small businesses or one-person companies could let you down. If something goes wrong, they may simply disappear and not be there to repair it, or they may not have the resources to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your AC dies in the heat of the summer.
Paying a little bit more for a larger, more trusted and reliable company can come with perks that help offer you more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, excellent workmanship, a large certified team of servicemen and women who provide you service 24/7/365, and the confidence that they’ll be there if you ever require their services.
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your AC.
With the government ending the production of R-22, many people are seeing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like a simple fix to just substitute a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician recommends this, you may want to call for a second opinion.
Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the equipment is produced for, and prior to 2010, it was usually R-22. Although there is extreme reduction of the production of R-22, those air conditioners are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your air conditioning equipment, it could invalidate your warranty. A nullified warranty may cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to likely 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 annual maintenance. It’s running fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that an annual AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will set you back around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers demand routine maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so skipping your annual tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, meaning a big payout if your air conditioner decides to die on the hottest day of the season.
Myth 5: Learning about the company isn’t necessary.
It’s critical to check that you do your research before choosing an air conditioning service company, especially if you feel a particular company is pushing you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a contractor to be qualified to place an ad for their services. You absolutely need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service multiple times.
Social media reviews, testimonials from family, and an a high accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of business you will be giving your business to and help you decide if they are best for you. Angie’s List, Google+, and Yelp are all great places to start your research process. And, don’t be scared to ask for past customer referrals. You might have to invest your hard-earned money with your AC company, so invest the time and research to make sure they are the right company for you.
Myth 6: It costs more to turn your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re away from home.
Over time, 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’re away. It typically will not need an excessive amount of extra energy to get your home cooled down once you arrive, depending on variables of the home.
A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be adjusted from a phone or tablet so you can easily adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is nice and comfy 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 lower the temperature in your home.
Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly decrease the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is causing your fan to function produces heat, which can add heat to the air in your family’s home. An efficient ceiling fan could help level the temperature of the room and may contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel the cool air, all it’s doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already working. So keep ceiling fans off when there is nobody in the room and extra air circulation is not needed.
Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats read the temperature around it to determine whether it needs to start up the AC to cool your home. Installing a thermostat in the bedroom will only make sure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once the 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 warm window or an appliance, it might constantly think the temperature is much higher than the home actually is and continuously run your AC, increasing your cooling bills.
Myth 9: Turning your thermostat down much lower will help it cool more quickly.
Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioner 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 set it on 75 and it will work until it gets to that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will cause your system to run long, costing you money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s fine to swap out your air filter once a year.
Depending on the health conditions of the residents of the home, and the type of air filter you use for your air conditioning system, your air filter could need to be replaced as often as every 30 days. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only causes your air conditioner to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.
Call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today if you have any questions about your AC or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.