Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Get your air conditioning technician on Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has provided us with a variety of choices to go to look for an A/C system service technician, but be careful because not all are qualified. While the Better Business Bureau gives you information on whether a contractor is accredited depending on their company history and practices, other sites are open to anyone who wants to post an ad. For example, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad providing their services, regardless of whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and background.

If you hire a business or individual without getting to verify their qualifications and capability, it may end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t have the skills to properly fix your particular air conditioning system, you may end up needing a second, more experienced contractor to repair their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be good for some minor home services – it’s wonderful for the local business, good for the economy, and maybe even good for your pocket book. But proceed with caution: small businesses or one-person companies could let you down. If something backfires, they may conveniently disappear and not be there to fix it, or they may not have the workforce to get you taken care of quickly, which is not what you want if your air conditioning system malfunctions in the dog days of summer.

Paying a little bit more for a sizable, more reputable and reliable company can come with benefits 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 in the future if you ever 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 homeowners are observing the cost of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant rising. It may sound like an easy fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and cheaper refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician advises you to do that, you likely want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the equipment is produced for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Although there is extreme reduction of the production of R-22, those AC systems are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause damage to your AC system, it could nullify your warranty. A nullified warranty may 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 don’t currently have trouble with their air conditioning system may think they don’t actually need annual maintenance. It’s working fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that a yearly AC tune- up is priced around $79 while the cost of a repair averages around $500. Also, most manufacturers require yearly maintenance to maintain your warranty, so foregoing your annual tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, resulting in a huge payout if your air conditioning system decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Learning about the business isn’t necessary.

It’s important to make sure you do your homework before choosing an air conditioning service business, especially if you feel a single company is pressuring you. As we discussed in Myth #1, some sites don’t need a contractor to be qualified to market their services. You need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to pay for the same service multiple times.

Website reviews, testimonials from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of company you will be trusting your business to and help you figure out if they are best for you. Angie’s List, Google+, and Yelp are all great websites to start your homework. Remember, don’t be scared to ask for previous customer testimonials. You could have to invest your hard-earned money with your AC company, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the right company for your AC.

Myth 6: It costs more to turn your thermostat up while you’re away from home.

Over time, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a lower temperature over the course of the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you are gone. It typically will not require an outrageous amount of additional energy to get your home cooled down once you arrive, depending on the home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be changed from a mobile device so you can simply adjust the temperature lower before coming home, so your home is cool and comfy when you arrive. This reduces your energy during 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 keep you cool, they don’t really lower the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan operate generates heat, which can add heat to the air in the home. A well-working ceiling fan could help level the temperature of a room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone under the fan to feel the breeze, all you’re doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the air conditioner is already on. So keep ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and extra air circulation is unnecessary.

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 your home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only make sure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once that bedroom is cooled, the system will shut off and the remaining floor or home might be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it might continuously determine the temperature is much higher than the living area actually is and constantly run your AC, upping your cooling bills.


Myth 9: Turning your thermostat down much lower will help it cool faster.

Lowering your air excessively may only make your AC run longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it to 75 and it will run until it reaches 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 replace your air filter once a year.

Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the home’s occupants, and the kind of air filter you utilize for your air conditioner, your air filter might need to be swapped out as often as every four weeks. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioning system to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your air conditioning system or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.