Myth 1: Find your air conditioning technician through Craigslist.
The interweb has given us a variety of places to go to find an AC service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are qualified. While the Better Business Bureau displays information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their company history and practices, other sites are available to anyone who wants to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist allows anyone to post an ad promoting their services, regardless of whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and experience.
If you choose a company or individual without getting to verify their qualifications and competence, it could end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t have the knowledge to properly fix your specific air conditioner, you may end up needing a second, more experienced company to repair their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.
Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.
Working with small businesses can be wonderful for some odd jobs – it’s wonderful for the local business, great for the economy, and maybe even wonderful for your bank account. But proceed with caution: small businesses or one-person businesses could leave you in a lurch. If something goes wrong, they may merely disappear and not be there to repair it, or they might not have the workforce to get your issue resolved quickly, which is not what you want if your air conditioner goes out in the heat of the summer.
Budgeting a little bit more for a bigger, more trusted and reliable company can come with benefits 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 there in the future if you ever need them again.
Myth 3: You can use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioner.
With the government stopping the production of R-22, many people are observing the cost of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like a simple fix to just use a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an AC service technician advises you to do that, you may want to call for a second opinion.
Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the equipment is developed for, and prior to 2010, it was typically R-22. Despite the extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your air conditioning equipment, it could void your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you a lot more in future parts due to potential damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need yearly A/C system maintenance.
A lot of people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioner may believe they don’t actually need yearly maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that a yearly AC tune- up runs you around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers demand routine maintenance to continue your warranty, so foregoing your yearly tune-up could cost you your warranty, resulting in a big payout if your AC decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the year.
Myth 5: Researching the company isn’t important.
It’s important to ensure you do your due diligence before deciding on an air conditioner service business, especially if you feel a single company is pressuring you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a company to be qualified to place an ad for their services. You need to know their qualifications and history so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service again.
Online reviews, references from neighbors, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of contractor 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 websites to start your homework. Also, don’t be scared to ask for prior customer testimonials. You could have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioning company, so invest a little time and research to ensure they are the right company for you.
Myth 6: It costs you more to turn your thermostat up while you’re away from home.
Long-term, it will actually cost you more 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 outrageous amount of extra energy to get your home comfortable once you return, depending on your home.
A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be increased or decreased from a mobile device so you can easily adjust the temperature cooler before returning home, so your home is cool and comfy when you get home. This reduces your energy throughout the day, as well as lowering your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Always running ceiling fans will help cool your home.
Fans help cool people, they don’t truly reduce the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is forcing your fan to function produces heat, which can put heat in the air in your home. A good ceiling fan does help level the temperature of a room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t a person below the fan to feel cool, all you’re doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already running. So turn off ceiling fans when no one is in the room and extra air circulation is not needed.
Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats use the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to activate the AC to cool the home. Installing a thermostat in a 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 turn off and the remainder of the floor or home may be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a sunny window or an appliance, it could constantly read the temperature as being much higher than the living area truly is and keep running your AC, upping your energy bills.
Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool faster.
Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioner run longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it to 75 and it will run until it gets to that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, squandering money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s fine to replace your air filter annually.
Depending on the health issues for the people living in the home, and the kind of air filter you use for your air conditioner, your air filter might need to be swapped out as often as every 30 days. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioning system to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.
Call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts today to inquire about your air conditioner or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.