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Why Your Business Needs a Trusted HVAC Contractor

Not all HVAC contractors are the same. Most specialize in residential services and have limited capabilities to provide the air conditioning and heating required for a business. Because nearly every commercial space in the greater Phoenix metro area requires climate control, having a trusted HVAC system repair provider on hand is an important part of your business strategy.

Yet, it can be challenging deciphering qualified commercial HVAC contractors from those who just claim to provide services to businesses. The following are some questions to ask to help you choose the best one for your business or commercial property.

Do You Have Referrals from Other Businesses?

An experienced commercial HVAC contractor should have plenty of referrals from other businesses. Don’t be shy about asking for a few names and numbers of businesses that you can call. Online review sites, such as Yelp, can also be beneficial for reading the opinions of commercial customers.

Are the Technicians Factory Trained?

Don’t put the comfort of your employees or the quality of your products in jeopardy by trusting a technician who isn’t qualified to do the job. Use only certified, factory-trained HVAC technicians.

Do You Provide Emergency Service?

Whether you have around-the-clock operations or store valuable inventory that needs to be kept at a consistent temperature, you require an HVAC contractor who can be there for you whenever you have an emergency. It’s not just important to have a provider of HVAC services available 24/7, it’s essential for your business success!

Do You Offer a Maintenance Plan?

Ongoing upkeep of your commercial space is a given. The best way to ensure your air conditioners and heaters are running as they should be is to invest in a maintenance plan that includes seasonal tune-ups and system checks.

Are You Licensed, Bonded and Insured?

You can’t take chances working with an HVAC contractor that doesn’t have the necessary credentials that guarantee their work. Not only can a system failure impact your employees’ comfort, it can result in a business shutdown and even legal issues.

Need a Commercial HVAC Contractor?

Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today to learn more about our commercial HVAC solutions for businesses in Chandler and across the Valley of the Sun at 480-968-5652.

Do I Really Need an HVAC Maintenance Contract?

Are you risking a big-ticket repair because you don’t have an HVAC maintenance contract? It goes without saying that you need insurance to protect your home, life and vehicle. It’s understood that the peace of mind you gain from this protection is worth the cost. Few individuals can afford the financial impact of an unforeseen accident, illness or other unfortunate event. Yet, many homeowners choose not to invest in protection for one of their most important and costly aspects of their home – their HVAC system. This unfortunately can be a very unwise and expensive decision.

The Many Benefits of HVAC Preventive Maintenance

The single best way to prevent budget-breaking repairs or replacement of your air conditioner and heating unit is to have an HVAC contract that includes regular HVAC maintenance. Tune-ups of your air conditioning and heating units include identifying and repairing small maintenance issues before they turn into big, system-hindering problems. This helps to minimize the chance of unexpected breakdowns during peak cooling and heating seasons. As well, regular maintenance extends the life of your HVAC system and maintains its peak efficiency for as long as possible. This results in lower utility costs, as well as longer stretches of time before requiring new installation.

Which Air Conditioning and Heating Maintenance Contract Is Right for You?

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we recommend a biannual (twice a year) HVAC maintenance agreement to ensure your system is working optimally for both summer and winter, as well as throughout the rest of the year. We offer contracts for both residential and commercial customers.

With an HVAC maintenance contract, you save on the cost of maintenance appointments while receiving valuable discounts on necessary repairs for issues that are discovered during these appointments. You also have the flexibility to schedule maintenance appointments when they are convenient for you!

Don’t spend another day without any protection for your HVAC system. Call Bruce’s today to learn more about the value of an HVAC maintenance contract.

What Defines an Air Conditioning Emergency?

Nearly every air conditioning service provider offers 24/7 emergency service. Yet, not every air conditioning problem is an emergency. Many homeowners are uncertain when a problem falls into the category of a true air conditioning emergency. Here are a few guidelines to help you determine if you are experiencing a situation that warrants emergency service.

A System Failure at the Worst Possible Time

It’s the perfect storm of air conditioning problems. You discover that your air conditioner stopped working on a Friday evening. It’s supposed to be the hottest weekend of the year. And, you have company coming to stay with you tomorrow! We’ve all been there, and yes, this is a true air conditioning emergency.

Vulnerable Family Members

In the greater Phoenix metro area, temperatures frequently exceed 110 degrees in the summer. This means that indoor temperatures can quickly get above 90 degrees if there is no air conditioning. High temperatures inside a home are not just uncomfortable. They can also be dangerous to young children, pets and the elderly. In any situation when high temperatures pose a health threat, you have an air conditioning emergency.

A Safety Issue

In some cases, an emergency air conditioning repair may be more to do with safety than your home’s comfort. For example, refrigerant may be leaking or the unit may have sparked, started smoking or even caught on fire. This isn’t a problem to take a “wait and see approach” with. Call for help day or night if you are worried about the safety of your family or home due to an air conditioning problem.

What’s Not an Air Conditioning Emergency

While no one enjoys a malfunctioning air conditioner, not all problems are emergencies. The vast majority of issues can be handled during normal business hours. These include:

  • Routine maintenance
  • General repairs when the outdoor temperatures are manageable
  • Installations
  • Unit failures due to power outages

Before Calling for Emergency Service

Not sure you need emergency service? You’ll want to check out the following before making that call:

  • Check to see if the circuit breaker tripped. If so, return the lever to its on position.
  • Inspect the thermostat to see if it has shut off.
  • Defrost any buildup of ice on your air conditioner by shutting off the unit and operating the fan to melt the ice.

Hopefully, you never have an air conditioning emergency. But, if you do, call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating at 480-968-5652. We’re here for you 24/7 with expert repair service.

Caring for Your Evaporative Cooler Throughout Monsoon Season

With high heat and low humidity, Arizona offers a prime environment for evaporative cooling for most of the year. Yet, things dramatically shift towards the middle of the summer.  The monsoon season hits, and with it comes high winds, clouds and plenty of moisture. From mid-July to mid-August, it’s primetime for powerful monsoon storms, along with high humidity that hinders the function of evaporative cooling systems. Yet, it’s important to know that you can still use what is commonly referred to as a “swamp cooler” during Arizona’s monsoon season. It just requires a few tips.

Protect Against Dust and Dirt Buildup

The single largest challenge when it comes to evaporative cooling is the dust from haboobs (dust storms). They can leave a buildup of dust, clog filters and cooling pads, and prevent the unit from operating. If you are experiencing a decrease in air flow following a monsoon storm, the most likely problem is dust. With a stiff bristled brush, or whisk broom, you can loosen dirt and dust that has collected in the unit. Use a wet/dry shop vacuum to remove debris.

Prevent Mold Growth

Evaporative cooling units are notorious for producing an unpleasant, dirty, sponge-like odor. It doesn’t have to be this way. Coolers can quickly become infested with mold and bacteria, causing respiratory and allergic reactions. If you are smelling this odor, the first step is to drain the unit and remove the water tanks and cooling pads. Soak the pads in a mixture of water and lemon juice to break down mold buildup. The water tank should be cleaned with warm water and a soft cloth. A 50/50 solution of vinegar and water can be run through the cooler to minimize the smell. Don’t forget to replace the cooling pad, dust the filter and run the unit once the unit has been drained and refilled.

Overcoming Persistent Smells

If you are experiencing lingering odors, despite taking proactive steps to clean your evaporative cooler, it may be time to add a few drops of an essential oil to your unit’s water tank, such as that of lavender, peppermint or lemon. As the water soaks into the cooling pads, the smell will be emitted throughout your home.

Whether you have a single evaporative cooler or a multi-unit HVAC system, it’s important to consider your options and protect your cooling needs here in the desert. Are you prepared for the next haboob? If not, give us a call, and we can help you protect yourself from summer dust storms and winter’s chilly temperatures that will be here just around the corner.



5 Tips to Maintain Air Quality during the Summer Months

Summer poses unique air quality issues for Arizona homeowners. With extreme heat, most individuals keep their windows and doors shut and the air conditioner on. While this is necessary for comfort, it can also result in unfiltered air trapped in the house. For those with respiratory issues, such as COPD, allergies and asthma, this can be very problematic.

Harmful contaminants, bacteria and particulates are only part of the issue. Desert monsoon dust storms can also bring inside infection-generating spores and plenty of dust which can collect in vents, ductwork and throughout the home.

Yet, there are solutions to maintaining your home’s air quality all year long. The following guidelines can help you breathe easier throughout the season.

    1. Replace Air Filters
      During the summer months, dust storms, also called haboobs, can quickly push dirt and debris into your HVAC system. This ultimately collects in your air filters and ductwork. By getting in the habit of regularly replacing or cleaning air filters, you can minimize much of the contaminants from entering your inside air. Ideally, filters should be replaced or cleaned every few weeks during the summer months.
    2. Stay on Top of Dust
      No one enjoys pulling out a vacuum, broom or feather duster, but it’s necessary for keeping dust levels down. A little housework can go a long way toward managing air quality.
    3. Open Doors and Windows in the Early Morning
      While it’s often over 110 degrees during the late afternoon hours, the temperature can be quite comfortable in the early morning. Take the opportunity to open windows and doors even for a few minutes to encourage air circulation.
    4. Add Some Indoor Plants
      Not only do plants add color to a room, they can also clean indoor air of carbon dioxide and even reduce formaldehyde, benzene, and other toxins. When ventilation is limited due to the heat, a few additional plants can definitely improve overall air quality.
    5. Consider a Whole-House Air Purifier
      A qualified air conditioning technician can provide you with an evaluation of your home’s air to let you know what particulates are circulating inside. In some cases, a whole-house air purifier may be a smart decision to rid your home’s air of dust mites, mildew, fungus, bacteria and more.

With these tips, you can breathe a little easier during the hot months of summer. And, call 480-968-5652 to speak with one of our air quality gurus.