Myth 1: Get your AC technician from Craigslist.
The interweb has given us a variety of places to go to find an air conditioning service technician, but beware because not all are qualified. While the Better Business Bureau gives you information on whether a company is accredited and, if so, a letter grade depending on their organization’s history and practices, other web pages are accessible to anyone who requests to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist allows anyone to post an ad providing their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and background.
If you decide on a contractor or individual without getting to confirm their qualifications and competence, it could end up costing you more in the long run. If the tech doesn’t have the knowledge to properly repair your actual AC equipment, you may end up needing a different, more experienced company to fix their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.
Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.
Contracting with small businesses can be great for some odd jobs – it’s wonderful for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even great for your pocket book. But use caution: small companies or one-person companies could leave you holding the bag. If something backfires, they may merely disappear and not be around to fix it, or they could not have the resources to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioner breaks down in the dog days of summer.
Spending a little bit more for a bigger, more reputable and reliable company can come with advantages that help provide you with more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert workmanship, a large certified team of servicemen and women who provide you service 24/7/365, and the confidence that they’ll be there in the future if you ever need them again.
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioner.
With the government stopping the making of R-22, many homeowners are noticing the cost of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant going up. It may seem like a simple fix to just substitute a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an air conditioner service technician gives you that advice, you likely want to call for a second opinion.
Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the system is produced for, and previous to 2010, it was typically R-22. Regardless of the extreme decrease 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 destruction to your AC system, it could nullify your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you a lot more in future parts due to potential damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need routine air conditioning maintenance.
Most people who don’t currently have trouble with their air conditioner may think they don’t truly need annual maintenance. It’s working fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s 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 demand routine maintenance to continue your warranty, so disregarding your annual tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, which means a large payout if your air conditioning system decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the summer.
Myth 5: Researching the business isn’t valuable.
It’s crucial to check that you do your research before picking an AC service contractor, especially if you feel a specific company is putting pressure on you. As we discussed in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a contractor to be qualified to place an ad for their services. It’s important to know their qualifications and history so you don’t have to pay for the same service again.
Website reviews, testimonials from family, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of company you will be trusting your business to and help you choose if they are best for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all wonderful websites to start your research process. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for past customer referrals. You might have to pay a pretty penny to your air conditioning contractor, so invest a little time and research to make sure they are the right company for your AC.
Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat up while you’re not at home.
Over time, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature all through the day than to raise it 10 degrees while you’re away. It usually will not take an excessive amount of more energy to get your home cooled down once you enter, depending on the home.
A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be changed from a tablet or phone so you can easily adjust the temperature back down before returning home, so your home is nice and comfy when you get home. This saves you energy throughout the day, as well as saving you money on your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Continuously 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 (similar to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is causing your fan to operate produces heat, which can add heat to the air in your home. An efficient ceiling fan can help level the temperature of the room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone below the fan to feel cool, all it’s doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already on. So leave ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and more air circulation is unneeded.
Myth 8: It doesn’t matter where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats use the temperature around it to decide whether it needs to activate the air conditioning system to cool the home. Placing a thermostat in a bedroom will only make sure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the system will go off and the rest of the floor or home might be much warmer. If the thermostat is put near a warm window or an appliance, it might always read the temperature as being much higher than the home really is and keep running your AC, upping your cooling bills.
Myth 9: Turning your thermostat down much lower will help it cool more speedily.
Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioner run longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then put it at 75 and it will run until it reaches that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, costing you money and energy.
Myth 10: It’s acceptable to swap out your air filter annually.
Depending on the health conditions of the people living in the home, and the type of air filter you utilize for your air conditioner, your air filter could need to be swapped out as often as every four weeks. Not changing the air filter often enough not only causes your AC to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.
Call TML Service Experts today to inquire about your AC or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.