Myth 1: Hire your air conditioner technician through Craigslist.
The interweb has given us a variety of choices to go to look for an air conditioning service technician, but be careful because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade based on their company history and practices, other web pages are accessible to anyone who requests to post an ad. For example, Craigslist allows anyone to post an ad for their services, regardless of whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and experience.
If you decide on a company or individual without getting to identify their qualifications and skill set, it may end up costing you more in the long run. If the technician doesn’t know how to properly repair your particular air conditioner, you might end up needing another, more experienced contractor to fix their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple service charges.
Myth 2: Choosing a small business is better.
Contracting with small businesses can be good for some small fixes – it’s great for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even great for your wallet. But be careful: small companies or one-person companies could leave you in a lurch. If something fails, they may conveniently disappear and not be around to fix it, or they may not have the workforce to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioning system goes out in the extreme temperatures of summer.
Spending a little bit more for a sizable, more established and reliable company can come with advantages that help offer you more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the confidence that they’ll be a call away if you ever require their services.
Myth 3: It’s fine to use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioner.
With the government discontinuing the making of R-22, many homeowners are noticing the price of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant rising. It may sound like a simple fix to just substitute a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an air conditioner service technician recommends this, you likely want to find a second opinion.
Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the system is developed for, and previous to 2010, it was typically R-22. Regardless of the extreme reduction of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your air conditioning equipment, it could invalidate your warranty. A voided warranty may cost you way more in future parts due to likely damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need routine AC maintenance.
Many people who don’t currently have trouble with their air conditioner may believe 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 is priced around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers instruct you to receive yearly maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so disregarding your routine tune-up could cost you your warranty, resulting in a huge payout if your air conditioner decides to go out on the hottest day of the season.
Myth 5: Learning about the company isn’t valuable.
It’s critical to check that you do your research before choosing an air conditioning service business, especially if you feel a specific company is pushing you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some websites don’t demand a person 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.
Online reviews, references from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of business you will be offering your business to and help you choose if they are right for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good websites to start your research process. Remember, don’t be afraid to ask for past customer testimonials. You might have to pay a pretty penny to your AC technician, 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 up while you’re out of your home.
Ultimately, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature over the course of the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you are gone. It usually will not require an outrageous amount of extra energy to cool your home once you arrive, depending on the home.
A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be changed from a tablet or phone so you can actually adjust the temperature back down before coming home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you enter. This saves you energy during the day, as well as saving you money on your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Constantly running ceiling fans will help keep your home cool.
Fans help keep you cool, they don’t actually decrease the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is forcing your fan to operate creates heat, which can put heat in the air in the home. An efficient ceiling fan can help level the temperature of your 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 working. So keep ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and additional air circulation is unneeded.
Myth 8: Where the thermostat is installed doesn’t matter.
Thermostats use the temperature around it to decide whether it needs to activate the air conditioner to cool your home. Installing a thermostat in your bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once that bedroom is cooled, the system will shut off and the remaining floor or home could be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a warm window or an appliance, it could continuously determine the temperature is much higher than the home actually is and continuously run your air conditioner, raising your energy bills.
Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool more quickly.
Decreasing your air by too much may only make your AC work longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really feel better at 75, then put it at 75 and it will kick on until it cools to that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, costing you money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s fine to change your air filter once every twelve months.
Depending on the health conditions of the residents of the home, and the style of air filter you utilize for your air conditioning system, your air filter may need to be changed as often as every four weeks. Not changing the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioner to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.
Call A1 Chesney Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today if you have any questions about your air conditioning system or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.