Have you ever heard someone giving horrible, potentially harmful advice? You might have felt conflicted about whether you have the right to step in, perhaps choosing instead to just mind your own business.
We can’t give you advice on things like which stocks to invest in or if you should stop eating gluten, but the HVAC industry is our business, so we’re more than happy to set the record straight.
Without further ado, here are just a few of the worst pieces of advice we’ve ever heard about air conditioners.
Don’t get maintenance on your AC, just get it fixed when it stops working.
We understand that few people like the idea of paying for maintenance. They’d much rather pay when a problem arises. The problem, though, is that waiting for your AC to break down means there was a good chunk of time where your AC was forced to work harder and longer. This puts the AC’s components under excessive wear-and-tear and will increase your energy bill, but it can easily be prevented by the annual or twice-yearly maintenance check. Plus, the magnitude of the problem could be something as drastic as a compressor failure, which will cost far more than you’d anticipate from “simple repairs.”
Get the refrigerant topped off periodically.
If an air conditioning repair service in Colorado Springs, CO ever tries to tell you this, kindly escort them off your property or hang up the phone. Homeowners don’t always understand how refrigerant works, which has made them easy to exploit by shady contractors. In truth, the refrigerant in your system is never supposed to run out—the only way that would happen is through a leak or from not being charged properly in the first place. If there’s any kind of problem with your refrigerant, they should immediately be talking about the potential leaks, not about getting you set up for periodic refrigerant charging.
If your old AC ain’t broke, don’t replace it.
In 2015, the EPA made it mandatory that all new AC unit installations must have a SEER rating of 13 or better. Before that, ratings between 4 and 8 weren’t uncommon. However, anything below 13 is actively preventing your AC from running at acceptable efficiency standards. If your AC was installed before 2015 and has an abysmal SEER rating, spending the money to replace it will immediately reduce your monthly energy bill.
If you set your AC to a really low temperature, you’ll reach your desired temperature much faster.
Many people mistakenly believe that the thermostat is like a throttle—the more you lower the temperature, the faster and harder the AC works. This has led people to reason that if you want to get to a certain temperature faster, you should put the thermostat way below that number. In reality, your AC has the exact same output, regardless of what temperature you set. Setting it to a lower temperature will only make the AC run for a longer period of time.
Want to hear some good advice about air conditioners? Contact Happy Heating & Cooling today, because if you’re not happy, I’m not happy!