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Common AC Myths to Forget About

Myths or Facts concept with business woman hand drawing on blackboardThe internet can be a fantastic place full of plenty of useful information, which is great (for the most part)! But sometimes, too much information can cause serious problems, since not all of that information is always true. But you can type in a question about any home appliance and receive pages of helpful tips, “hacks” and pointers, so why would you ever need to call in an Orange, TX air conditioning pro for services?

Well, because the spread of false information leads homeowners to believe that AC work is simply and something they can do on their own—when really, they might end up doing more harm than good. False information, or misconceptions, can end up costing you money in the end, plus can cause your AC system to run less efficiently and effectively as it should. But what are these myths?

Myth #1: Your AC Air Filter Only Needs Changing Once a Year

This would definitely be a mistake to believe! The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC systems is an essential part of protecting the inside components of that system from becoming infiltrated with dirt, and therefore damaged. The air filter is not there to protect or improve your indoor air quality, which is what a lot of people believe. The problem is that the filter gets clogged up pretty regularly, and needs to be changed just as frequently.

During heavy periods of use, you should be changing your air filter every 1-3 months. This is dependent on a few factors, such as what type of filter it is as well as the level of contaminants in your home. For instance, a home without irritants may need its air filter to be changed less often than those with significant contaminants, like pet dander and cigarette smoke.

Myth #2: Closing Off Vents in Unoccupied Rooms Will Save Money

We understand why this misconception exists, and why it would make sense to you. If there’s no conditioned air being pumped into a certain area, it must mean less work for your HVAC system, right? Unfortunately, no. This is one misconception we definitely want to bust!

Closing off room vents can be harmful to air conditioner and end up costing you even more money. It can cause uneven pressure in your ductwork, damaging it, and it can overwork your blower fan. The blower fan doesn’t work any less when vents are closed, and that uneven pressure we just mentioned will make it work harder, wasting valuable energy.

Myth #3: Refrigerant Should Be Refilled Regularly

If you’ve ever been told this by an HVAC technician, then we’re sorry to say that you were misled. Your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to ideally last its entire lifespan. It’s original “charge,” as it is referred to, is continuously recycled, use after use.

So, if your air conditioner is losing refrigerant, it means that you have a leak. That leak must be accurately located, and repaired. Otherwise, you can face a host of problems with your air conditioner.

Don’t hesitate, contact Air Services Unlimited today for exceptional customer service. We appreciate this opportunity to earn your business!

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