Myth 1: Hire your AC technician on Craigslist.
The World Wide Web has given us a variety of options to go to get an air conditioning service technician, but beware because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau gives you information on whether a company is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their organization’s history and practices, other web pages are open to anyone who requests to post an ad. For example, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad promoting their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and knowledge.
If you decide on a contractor or individual without having the ability to identify their qualifications and skill set, it may end up costing you more ultimately. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t have the qualifications to properly fix your actual AC equipment, you could end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to repair their mistakes and it could cost you multiple service charges.
Myth 2: Choosing a small business is better.
Contracting with small businesses can be great for some odd jobs – it’s wonderful for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and probably even good for your pocket book. But proceed with caution: small businesses or one-person operations could let you down. If something bad happens, they may conveniently disappear and not be there to repair it, or they could not have the manpower to get you taken care of quickly, which is bad news if your AC malfunctions in the extreme temperatures of summer.
Paying a little bit more for a larger, more reputable and reliable company can come with advantages that help give you more peace of mind, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the peace of mind that they’ll be available if you need them again.
Myth 3: You can use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioner.
With the government stopping the making of R-22, many families are observing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like a simple fix to just use a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an AC service technician gives you that advice, you likely want to get a second opinion.
Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the system is designed for, and prior to 2010, it was typically R-22. Despite the extreme decline of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and replacing R-22 with a different refrigerant may not only cause damage to your air conditioner, it could nullify your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to possible damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need yearly air conditioning maintenance.
Most people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioner may believe they don’t really need routine maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that a yearly AC tune- up runs you around $79 while the cost of a repair averages around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers require annual maintenance to continue your warranty, so skipping your yearly tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, which means a big payout if your air conditioner decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the year.
Myth 5: Researching the business isn’t valuable.
It’s crucial to check that you do your research before deciding on an air conditioner service company, especially if you feel a specific company is pressuring you. As we said in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a contractor to be qualified to advertise their services. You absolutely need to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service again.
Online reviews, referrals from friends, and an a high accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of business you will be giving your business to and help you choose if they are best for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all good places to start your search. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for prior customer references. You might have to invest your money with your air conditioner contractor, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the best company for your home.
Myth 6: It costs 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 lower temperature over the course of the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are gone. It typically will not take an excessive amount of additional energy to get your home comfortable once you arrive, depending on your home.
A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be changed from a mobile device so you can just adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you enter. This reduces your energy throughout the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Constantly running ceiling fans will help cool your home.
Fans help cool people, they don’t actually lower the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is causing your fan to run generates heat, which can push heat into the air in your family’s home. A good ceiling fan does help level the temperature of your room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is under the fan to feel the cool air, all you’re doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the AC is already on. So keep ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and additional air circulation is unnecessary.
Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats use the temperature near it to decide whether it needs to start up the air conditioning system to cool down your home. Placing a thermostat in the bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the system will turn off and the remaining floor or home may be much warmer. If the thermostat is put near a warm window or an appliance, it might continuously read the temperature as being much higher than the home truly is and constantly run your AC, raising your utility bills.
Myth 9: Excessively lowering your thermostat will help it cool more speedily.
Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioning system operate longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really feel better at 75, then set it on 75 and it will work until it reaches that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will cause your system to run long, wasting money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s ok to replace your air filter once a year.
Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the residents of the home, and the style of air filter you have for your air conditioning system, your air filter could need to be swapped out as often as every month. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only causes your AC to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.
Call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your AC or to set-up your free in-home consultation.