Myth 1: Find your air conditioner technician from Craigslist.
The interweb has gifted us with a variety of choices to go to look for an A/C system service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau provides you with information on whether a company is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their business history and practices, other websites are available to anyone who requests to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad providing their services, regardless of whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and background.
If you choose a business or individual without having the ability to verify their qualifications and expertise, it could end up costing you more ultimately. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t have the skills to properly service your specific AC equipment, you might end up needing another, more experienced contractor to correct their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple Trip Charges.
Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.
Hiring small businesses can be wonderful for some small fixes – it’s wonderful for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and maybe even good for your bank account. But proceed with caution: small companies or one-person operations could leave you in a lurch. If something bad happens, they may simply disappear and not be available to rectify the situation, or they may not have the resources to get your issue resolved quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioning system breaks down in the heat of the summer.
Spending a little bit more for a larger, more established and reliable company can come with advantages that help give you more peace of mind, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality 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: You can use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioner.
With the government putting an end to the production of R-22, many families are seeing the fee of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant going up. It may seem like an easy fix to just use a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an AC service technician advises you to do that, you likely want to find a second opinion.
Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the equipment is produced for, and before 2010, it was normally R-22. Despite the extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those air conditioners are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your AC system, it could invalidate your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you way more in future parts due to potential damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need routine A/C system maintenance.
A lot of people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioning system may assume they don’t truly need yearly maintenance. It’s running fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that an annual AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will set you back around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers demand routine maintenance to maintain your warranty, so skipping your yearly tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, which means a big payout if your AC decides to die on the hottest day of the season.
Myth 5: Researching the business isn’t valuable.
It’s crucial to make sure you do your homework before deciding on an air conditioner service business, especially if you feel a single company is intimidating you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some websites don’t demand a company to be qualified to market their services. You absolutely need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service twice.
Website reviews, referrals 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 choose if they are right for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all great websites to start your search. And, don’t be afraid to ask for previous customer referrals. You may have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioning contractor, so invest the time and research to confirm they are the ideal company for you.
Myth 6: It costs you more to turn your thermostat higher while you’re not at home.
Long-term, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a lower temperature all through the day than to raise it 10 degrees while you are gone. It usually will not take an outrageous amount of extra energy to get your home comfortable once you enter, depending on your home.
A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be adjusted from a mobile device so you can easily adjust the temperature cooler before returning home, so your home is cool and comfy when you get home. This decreases your energy during the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Continuously running ceiling fans will help keep your home cool.
Fans help keep you cool, they don’t truly reduce the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is causing your fan to function creates heat, which can push heat into the air in your home. A good ceiling fan could help level the temperature of a room and may contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if there isn’t a person under the fan to feel the breeze, all it’s doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the AC is already running. So keep ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and extra air circulation is unneeded.
Myth 8: Where the thermostat is installed doesn’t matter.
Thermostats use the temperature surrounding it to decide whether it needs to start up the air conditioning system to cool your home. Installing a thermostat in your bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the AC will shut off and the remainder of the floor or home could be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a warm window or an appliance, it may continuously think the temperature is much higher than the living area actually is and constantly run your AC, increasing your utility bills.
Myth 9: Excessively lowering your thermostat will help it cool faster.
Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioning system work longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then put it at 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, wasting 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 residents of the home, and the type of air filter you have for your air conditioning system, your air filter may need to be swapped out as often as every four weeks. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioner to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.
Call San Antonio Air Service Experts today to inquire about your AC or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.