Myth 1: Hire your air conditioning technician from Craigslist.
The World Wide Web has gifted us with a variety of choices to go to find an A/C system 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 depending on their company history and practices, other web pages are open to anyone who requests to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad for their services, despite whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and knowledge.
If you hire a business or individual without getting to identify their qualifications and expertise, it may end up costing you more in the long run. If the tech doesn’t have the qualifications to properly repair your particular air conditioner, you may end up needing a second, more experienced technician to correct 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 wonderful for some odd jobs – it’s good for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and maybe even great for your bank account. But beware: small operations or one-person operations could let you down. If something backfires, they may merely disappear and not be around to repair it, or they could not have the resources to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioner malfunctions in the extreme temperatures of summer.
Budgeting a little bit more for a bigger, more established and reliable company can come with perks that help offer you more peace of mind, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified team of technicians who give 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 AC.
With the government discontinuing the production of R-22, many families are noticing the cost of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like a simple fix to just use a different and cheaper refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician recommends this, you may want to find a second opinion.
Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the equipment is developed for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Despite the extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those AC systems are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your AC system, it could nullify your warranty. A voided warranty could cost you a lot more in future parts due to potential damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need annual AC maintenance.
Many people who aren’t having trouble with their air conditioning system may assume they don’t truly need yearly maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that an annual AC tune- up is priced around $79 while the cost of a repair averages around $500. Also, most manufacturers instruct you to receive routine maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so disregarding your annual tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, resulting in a huge payout if your air conditioning system decides to go out on the hottest day of the year.
Myth 5: Researching the company isn’t important.
It’s critical to ensure you do your homework before choosing an AC service contractor, especially if you feel a specific company is pushing you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some sites don’t need a contractor to be qualified to market their services. You need to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to pay for the same service again.
Website reviews, testimonials from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of contractor you will be offering your business to and help you choose if they are ideal for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good review sites to start your search. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for prior customer references. You might have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioning company, so invest some time and research to make sure they are the right company for your home.
Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat up while you’re out of your home.
Over time, it will actually cost you more to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature throughout the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you’re away. It normally will not take an outrageous amount of more energy to cool your home once you return, depending on your home.
A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be changed from a mobile device so you can actually adjust the temperature back down before returning home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you enter. This decreases your energy during the day, as well as lowering your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Always running ceiling fans will help keep your home cool.
Fans help keep people cool, they don’t really lower the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is forcing your fan to run generates heat, which can put heat in the air in your home. An efficient ceiling fan does help level the temperature of your room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is below the fan to feel the breeze, all you’re doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioner is already on. So leave ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and more air circulation is unnecessary.
Myth 8: It doesn’t matter where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats measure the temperature near it to decide whether it needs to turn on the air conditioner to cool the home. Putting a thermostat in a bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is set on. Once that bedroom is cooled, the AC will shut off and the rest of the floor or home could be much warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it could always determine the temperature is much higher than the living area actually is and constantly run your AC, increasing your cooling 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 says 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it to 75 and it will work until it gets to that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will cause your system to run long, squandering money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s ok to swap out your air filter once every twelve months.
Depending on the health issues for the residents of the home, and the type of air filter you utilize for your air conditioning system, your air filter may need to be changed as often as every 30 days. Not changing the air filter often enough not only means for your AC to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.
Call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your air conditioning system or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.