Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your air conditioner technician from Craigslist.

The internet has gifted us with a variety of places to go to get an air conditioning service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are comparable. 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 available to anyone who wants to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad promoting their services, despite whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and experience.

If you decide on a company or individual without being able to verify their qualifications and competence, it might end up costing you more over time. If the tech doesn’t have the qualifications to properly service your specific AC equipment, you may end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to repair their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple service charges.

Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.

Hiring small businesses can be wonderful for some minor home services – it’s great for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even wonderful for your wallet. But be careful: small businesses or one-person operations could leave you holding the bag. If something fails, they may simply disappear and not be around to rectify the situation, or they may not have the manpower to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your AC breaks down in the dog days of summer.

Paying a little bit more for a larger, more trusted and reliable company can come with advantages that help give you more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, excellent workmanship, a large certified team of technicians who give you service 24/7/365, and the assurance that they’ll be a call away if you ever require their services.

 
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your AC.

With the government putting an end to the making of R-22, many homeowners are observing the cost of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant increasing. It may seem like a simple fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and cheaper refrigerant, but if an air conditioner service technician recommends this, you probably want to find a second opinion.

Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the equipment is designed for, and prior to 2010, it was typically 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 damage to your air conditioner, it could nullify your warranty. A nullified warranty might cost you a lot more in future parts due to possible damage.

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

Many people who don’t currently have trouble with their AC may think they don’t really need yearly maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that a yearly AC tune- up runs you around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers instruct you to receive yearly maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so foregoing your yearly tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, meaning a large payout if your AC decides to go out on the hottest day of the year.

Myth 5: Finding out about the business isn’t important.

It’s critical to check that you do your research before choosing an AC service company, especially if you feel a specific company is putting pressure on you. As we said in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a company to be qualified to advertise their services. It’s important to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service multiple times.

Social media reviews, references from family, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of contractor you will be offering your business to and help you decide if they are best for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good places to start your search. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for prior customer referrals. You could have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioner technician, so invest a little time and research to make sure they are the right company for you.

Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat higher while you’re not at home.

Ultimately, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a lower temperature throughout the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you’re away. It normally will not require an outrageous amount of extra 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 increased or decreased from a tablet or phone so you can easily adjust the temperature lower before returning home, so your home is cool and comfy when you enter. This saves you energy over the course of the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

Myth 7: Continuously running ceiling fans will help cool your home.

Fans help keep you cool, they don’t actually decrease the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is making your fan run generates heat, which can add heat to the air in your home. An efficient ceiling fan can help level the temperature of a room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone beneath the fan to feel cool, all the fan is doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the AC is already running. So turn off ceiling fans when there is nobody in the room and additional air circulation is unnecessary.

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

Thermostats measure the temperature around it to choose whether it needs to turn on the air conditioning system to cool the home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only make sure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the system 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 continuously read the temperature as being much higher than the rest of the home actually is and constantly run your system, increasing your cooling bills.

Myth 9: Excessively lowering your thermostat will help it cool more speedily.

Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioner operate longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then put it at 75 and it will run until it gets to that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, wasting money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s fine to replace your air filter once every twelve months.

Depending on the health conditions of the residents of the home, and the kind of air filter you utilize for your air conditioning system, your air filter could need to be swapped out as often as every month. Not changing the air filter often enough not only causes your air conditioning system to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for more information about your AC or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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