Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Hire your air conditioning technician from Craigslist.

The internet has provided us with a variety of places to go to look for an AC service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are qualified. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their business history and practices, other sites are accessible to anyone who requests to post an ad. For example, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad providing their services, regardless of whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and knowledge.

If you choose a company or individual without having the ability to confirm their qualifications and expertise, it may 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 may end up needing a second, more experienced company to correct their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be good for some small fixes – it’s good for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and probably even good for your wallet. But proceed with caution: small businesses or one-person businesses could let you down. If something backfires, they may merely disappear and not be around to repair it, or they may not have the resources to get you taken care of quickly, which is not what you want if your AC malfunctions in the dog days of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a sizable, more trusted and reliable company can come with advantages that help provide you with more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, excellent workmanship, a large certified team of servicemen and women who provide you service 24/7/365, and the confidence that they’ll be a call away 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 homeowners are seeing the price of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant going up. It may sound like a simple fix to just use a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an air conditioner 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. Regardless of the extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those air conditioners are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause damage to your AC system, it could nullify your warranty. An invalidated warranty might cost you way more in future parts due to likely damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need annual air conditioning maintenance.

Most people who are not currently having trouble with their AC may assume they don’t really need annual maintenance. It’s running 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. Also, most manufacturers require yearly maintenance to maintain your warranty, so disregarding your annual tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, resulting in a huge payout if your AC decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Finding out about the business isn’t valuable.

It’s critical to ensure you do your homework before deciding on an AC service business, especially if you feel a specific company is putting pressure on you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a contractor to be qualified to place an ad for their services. You need to know their qualifications and history so you don’t end up paying for the same service twice.

Online reviews, referrals from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of business you will be trusting your business to and help you decide if they are best for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all wonderful places to start your homework. And, don’t be afraid to ask for past customer references. You may have to invest your hard-earned money with your AC contractor, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the best company for your home.

Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat higher while you’re away from home.

Over time, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature throughout the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you’re away. It typically will not need an outrageous amount of extra energy to get your home comfortable once you arrive, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be adjusted from a tablet or phone so you can just adjust the temperature back down before coming home, so your home is cool and comfy when you enter. This reduces your energy during the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly lower the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan run produces heat, which can push heat into the air in your family’s home. An efficient ceiling fan could help level the temperature of the room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone beneath the fan to feel cool, all it’s doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the AC is already working. So keep ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and additional air circulation is not needed.

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

Thermostats use the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to activate the air conditioning system to cool the home. Placing a thermostat in the bedroom will only ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once that bedroom is cooled, the system will shut off and the rest of the floor or home might be much warmer. If the thermostat is put near a well-lit window or an appliance, it may continuously read the temperature as being much higher than the home actually is and continuously run your air conditioner, raising your utility bills.

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

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioner operate longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really feel better at 75, then set it to 75 and it will work until it gets to that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, wasting money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s ok to change your air filter annually.

Depending on the health issues for the residents of the home, 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. Not changing the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioning system to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call Epperson Service Experts today to inquire about your air conditioning system or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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