Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Hire your air conditioner technician through Craigslist.

The internet has gifted us with a variety of places to go to look for an A/C system service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are qualified. While the Better Business Bureau displays information on whether a company is accredited depending on their business history and practices, other websites are accessible to anyone wanting 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 proper training and background.

If you hire a business or individual without being able to verify their qualifications and competence, it might end up costing you more ultimately. If the tech doesn’t have the skills to properly repair your particular air conditioner, you may end up needing a different, more experienced technician to correct their mistakes and end up paying multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be wonderful for some small fixes – it’s good for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even good for your wallet. But beware: small operations or one-person businesses could leave you holding the bag. If something goes wrong, they may conveniently disappear and not be there to fix it, or they could not have the workforce to get you taken care of quickly, which is bad news if your AC goes out in the extreme temperatures of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a larger, more reputable and reliable company can come with benefits that help provide you with more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the assurance that they’ll be a call away if you need them again.

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

With the government discontinuing the making of R-22, many people are observing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant rising. It may sound like a simple fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an AC service technician advises you to do that, you likely want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is produced for, and prior to 2010, it was commonly R-22. Although there is extreme decline 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 conditioner, it could nullify your warranty. An invalidated warranty might cost you a lot more in future parts due to likely damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need annual A/C system maintenance.

A lot of people who don’t currently have trouble with their air conditioning system may assume they don’t truly need routine maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that an annual AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Also, most manufacturers demand annual maintenance to continue your warranty, so foregoing your annual tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, meaning a huge payout if your AC decides to die on the hottest day of the summer.

Myth 5: Researching the company isn’t important.

It’s important to ensure you do your research before choosing an air conditioner service business, especially if you feel a specific company is pushing you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some domains 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.

Website reviews, testimonials from neighbors, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of company you will be trusting your business to and help you choose if they are ideal for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all wonderful places to start your research process. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for prior customer references. You may have to invest your hard-earned money with your AC company, so invest some 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 not at home.

Long-term, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature throughout the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are gone. It typically will not take an outrageous amount of extra energy to cool your home once you enter, depending on the home.

A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be changed from a tablet or phone so you can easily adjust the temperature cooler before coming home, so your home is nice and comfy when you arrive. This reduces your energy throughout the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help cool people, they don’t truly decrease the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is forcing your fan to run creates heat, which can put heat in the air in the 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 below the fan to feel the breeze, all the fan is doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already on. So keep ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and more air circulation is not needed.

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

Thermostats read the temperature near it to determine whether it needs to turn on the air conditioning system to cool your home. Installing a thermostat in a bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is set on. Once your bedroom is cooled, the system will turn off and the rest of the floor or home could be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a warm window or an appliance, it may always determine the temperature is much higher than the living area truly is and constantly run your air conditioner, raising your utility bills.


Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool faster.

Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioner work longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really want it to be 75, then set it on 75 and it will run until it cools 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, squandering money and energy.

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

Depending on the health conditions of the people living in the home, and the style of air filter you have for your AC, your air filter might need to be changed as often as every month. Skipping the replacement of 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your air conditioner or to set-up your free in-home consultation.