Myth 1: Hire your air conditioning technician from Craigslist.
The internet has gifted us with a variety of places to go to find an air conditioning service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are qualified. While the Better Business Bureau provides you with information on whether a business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their company history and practices, other web pages are available to anyone who wants to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad for their services, regardless of whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and experience.
If you choose a company or individual without having the ability to confirm their qualifications and skill set, it could end up costing you more in the long run. If the tech doesn’t have the qualifications to properly repair your specific air conditioner, you may end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to repair their mistakes and end up paying multiple services charges.
Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.
Working with small businesses can be great for some small fixes – it’s great for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and probably even wonderful for your pocket book. But proceed with caution: small operations or one-person businesses could leave you holding the bag. If something fails, they may simply disappear and not be around to repair it, or they might not have the workforce to get you taken care of quickly, which is bad news if your AC breaks down in the heat of the summer.
Paying a little bit more for a larger, more trusted and reliable company can come with benefits that help offer you more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, excellent workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the confidence that they’ll be available if you need them again.
Myth 3: It’s fine to use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioning system.
With the government discontinuing the making of R-22, many homeowners are noticing the cost of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant going up. It may sound like an easy fix to just use a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician recommends this, you probably want to get a second opinion.
Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is designed for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Regardless of 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 damage to your air conditioning equipment, it could void your warranty. A voided warranty may cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to possible 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 actually need yearly maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that an annual AC tune- up runs you around $79 while the cost of a repair averages around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers require yearly maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so disregarding your annual tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, meaning a large payout if your air conditioner decides to die on the hottest day of the year.
Myth 5: Learning about the company isn’t important.
It’s critical to ensure you do your due diligence before picking an air conditioning service company, especially if you feel a single company is pushing 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 their qualifications and history so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service again.
Online reviews, testimonials from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of company you will be offering your business to and help you decide if they are ideal for you. Angie’s List, Google+, and Yelp are all wonderful review sites to start your homework. Also, don’t be scared to ask for past customer testimonials. You could have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioner company, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the best company for your AC.
Myth 6: It costs you more to turn your thermostat up while you’re away from home.
Ultimately, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature all through 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 cool your home once you arrive, depending on variables of the home.
A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be changed from a phone or tablet so you can simply adjust the temperature cooler before coming home, so your home is cool and comfy when you arrive. This saves you energy during 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 really reduce the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is causing your fan to operate creates heat, which can put heat in the air in your family’s home. An efficient ceiling fan can help level the temperature of a room and may contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone under the fan to feel the breeze, all it’s doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the AC is already working. So turn off ceiling fans when there is nobody in the room and extra air circulation is unnecessary.
Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats use the temperature near it to determine whether it needs to activate the AC to cool the home. Placing a thermostat in your bedroom will only make sure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the AC will shut off and the remaining floor or home might be much warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it could constantly read the temperature as being much higher than the rest of the home truly is and constantly run your AC, upping your energy bills.
Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool more quickly.
Turning your air down lower may only make your AC run longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really want it to be 75, then set it to 75 and it will kick on until it gets to that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, squandering money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s fine to change your air filter once a year.
Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the residents of the home, and the type of air filter you utilize for your AC, your air filter could need to be changed as often as every four weeks. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only means for your AC to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.
Call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your air conditioning system or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.