About Air Conditioner/Contracting
The most commonly mistakes :
- As long as it’s operating, it’s O.K.
- Changing or cleaning of filters is all the maintenance you need.
- Indoor air quality is not a problem at my house
- Service contracts are a waste of money
- The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.
As long as it’s operating, it’s O.K.
Not necessary. Equipment often appears to be running fine but may be in the brink of failure. Air conditioner running low on refrigerant will have to run extra harder and longer. This can eventually lead to equipment failure. Just because it runs when you want it to does not mean there’s no serious problem.
Changing or cleaning of filters is all the maintenance you need.
That’s a good start, but more should be done. Changing and keeping filters clean is critical to maintain the proper airflow through your equipment. However, there are numerous things that should be done regularly. The blower should be inspected and lubed. Refrigerant level and thermocouples checked. Condenser needs to be clean. Condensate drainpipe needs to be clean from algae. You see it’s more than just changing filters.
Indoor air quality is not a problem at my house.
Not true. All houses have indoor air quality problems, they just differ in severity. All houses have some problem with dust. It is usually most noticeable right after you’ve dusted or when company is coming over. And if you have pets, there’s pet hair and dander that get in your air. There is also fume from paint, hairspray, cooking, and who knows what else. Plastic in your house is always giving up molecules as it sets up. If you have allergies, all these problems feel amplified by your sneezing and runny nose. All houses have indoor air pollution, some are just worse than others.
Service contracts are a waste of money.
No. Regular service is critical to making your equipment last a long time and run efficiently. Regular servicing can also detect small problem before they become more serious. No one wants their system to fail in the middle of the night or hottest day in the afternoon. Regular servicing helps to keep your system in tiptop shape and pays for itself in the long run.
The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.
Maybe – But not always. Here are a few point to consider.
- The prices you see offered may not be for the services you want performed. Before you select a company, decide what you want to accomplish .
Price is usually an indication of quality. More efficient equipment cost more. Better-trained service people cost more. Reliable service and products cost more. You don’t buy the cheapest car, clothes, or foods. Don’t let price be the deciding factor when choosing a contractor.
- The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay
Many homeowners have learned that the low price they saw advertised was not the amount they charged. And if you’ve hired a contractor, you too may have been the victim of false or misleading advertising. You probably learned the hard way that some companies offer cheap price – and then pressure you into paying a lot more once they get inside your home. Some of them may even break the law by using illegal bait and switch tactics.
As in all business and profession, the air condition industry has its share of bad apples. I take no pleasure in telling you this, but some are unethical – and, sadly, a few are dishonest. By their misleading advertising and false promises, they cast a dark shadow on our entire industry.
The service report is not importance.
The service report is very important. It is needed to record the entire job which has been done and which needs to do. Fully system condition includes the running current and refrigerant pressure level.
Then you’ll find other companies – professionals like us who work hard to earn your trust and respect.
As a way of improving our profession, I’ve dedicated my business to educating the public. The only way you can make an intelligent decision is to have all the facts you need. This is why I’ve recorded this message.