Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your air conditioner technician on Craigslist.

The internet has gifted us with a variety of choices to go to look for an air conditioning service technician, but be careful 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 open to anyone wanting to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist allows anyone to post an ad promoting their services, regardless of whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and background.

If you choose a contractor or individual without having the ability to verify their qualifications and competence, it might end up costing you more in the long run. If the tech doesn’t have the qualifications to properly repair your actual AC equipment, you might end up needing another, more experienced contractor to repair their mistakes and end up paying multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be great for some small fixes – it’s wonderful for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even wonderful for your wallet. But beware: small companies or one-person companies could let you down. If something backfires, they may simply disappear and not be available to fix it, or they may not have the resources to get you taken care of quickly, which is bad news if your air conditioner goes out in the dog days of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a larger, more reputable and reliable company can come with advantages that help give you more confidence, 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 ever require their services.

Myth 3: You can use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioning system.

With the government ending the production of R-22, many people are noticing the fee of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant increasing. It may seem like a simple fix to just substitute a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an air conditioner service technician advises you to do that, you may want to call for a second opinion.

Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the system is developed for, and prior to 2010, it was commonly R-22. Despite the extreme decline 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 void your warranty. A nullified warranty might cost you way more in future parts due to potential damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need routine AC maintenance.

Many people who aren’t having trouble with their air conditioner may assume they don’t actually need annual maintenance. It’s working fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that an annual AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers demand routine maintenance to maintain your warranty, so skipping your annual tune-up could cost you your warranty, resulting in a big payout if your air conditioning system decides to die on the hottest day of the year.

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

It’s critical to ensure you do your research before picking an AC service company, especially if you feel a particular company is putting pressure on you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some domains don’t demand a person to be qualified to place an ad for their services. You need to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service multiple times.

Online reviews, referrals from friends, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of contractor you will be offering your business to and help you choose if they are best for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good places to start your research process. And, don’t be afraid to ask for prior customer testimonials. You might have to pay a pretty penny to your AC contractor, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the right company for your home.

Myth 6: It costs more to turn your thermostat higher 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 are away from your home. It usually will not need an exorbitant amount of additional energy to get your home comfortable once you enter, depending on the home.

A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be increased or decreased from a phone or tablet so you can actually adjust the temperature lower before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfy when you arrive. This reduces your energy during the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t actually reduce the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is causing your fan to operate generates heat, which can push heat into the air in your family’s home. A well-working ceiling fan could help level the temperature of the room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if there isn’t a person beneath the fan to feel the breeze, all the fan is doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioner is already working. So leave ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and additional air circulation is not needed.

Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.

Thermostats read the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to turn on the AC to cool down your home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will turn off and the rest of the floor or home may be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is put near a sunny window or an appliance, it may constantly determine the temperature is much higher than the living area really is and constantly run your air conditioner, raising your cooling bills.


Myth 9: Excessively lowering your thermostat will help it cool faster.

Turning your air down lower may only make your air conditioner operate longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it on 75 and it will kick on until it gets to that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, costing you 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 people living in the home, and the kind of air filter you utilize for your air conditioning system, your air filter might need to be swapped out as often as every month. Not changing the air filter often enough not only means for your AC to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today if you have any questions about your AC or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.