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So You Want to Move Your Outside AC Unit?

Does your air conditioner sit in an unsightly location in your yard? Can you hear the whirl of your outdoor unit because it’s just a little too close to your bedroom window? There are actually many reasons why homeowners consider moving their AC unit to a new location on their property. If you’ve been contemplating an HVAC relocation project, you probably have questions. And, we have answers.

How difficult is it to move an AC unit?

Among the issues to consider when relocating an air conditioner is the refrigerant line. Prior to relocation, the refrigerant needs to be pumped out, and then the copper lines have to be either replaced or welded to the length necessary to accommodate the new location. The lines also need to be reconnected to the unit with the refrigerant being pumped back in. Moisture in the lines has to be vacuumed out.

Thermostat wiring is another issue, requiring it to be rerun and secured to the unit. And, of course, the new position for the unit must be leveled, and the system restarted.

In other words, this is not a DIY project!

How much does it cost to relocate an AC unit?

Typically, the cost of relocating an air conditioner runs around $1,000, but pricing varies depending on the specifics of the unit and the location. This is why it’s important to budget for this cost if this is part of a larger remodeling or new addition project. We highly encourage you not to try this project yourself if you want to ensure your system continues to operate at peak efficiency.

Who Should You Hire?

Because AC unit relocation is a multi-step, complex project, you’re smart to call an HVAC contractor with both experience and expertise. At Bruce’s, we’ve helped many homeowners with their HVAC relocation projects. And we can help you, too. Want to learn more? Call us today at 480-968-5652.

Is R22 Still Available?

It has been more than a decade since the start of the gradual phase out of the HVAC refrigerant R22. At the beginning of this year, the phase-out was completed, and now the product is no longer being manufactured in the United States. So, what does all this mean for you?

If you have an older air conditioner, we, at Bruce’s, can still obtain parts for it and currently can still obtain R22 from our vendors. Interestingly, some vendors are actually reclaiming refrigerant from older systems for the purpose of resale. But the larger question is, how long will R22 be available?

While we don’t have an exact answer for you, we can tell you with confidence that there is volatility in the price of R22 due to the very clear supply and demand issue. And ultimately, your best option is to replace your older R22 unit with a newer model that uses the new R410a refrigerant. Not only is a new air conditioner far more efficient, it is better for the environment.

Are you on the fence about replacing your tried and true air conditioner? We suggest you ask yourself the following questions:

  • How long will you be in your home?
  • What is the cost of any needed air conditioning repairs?
  • What is the cost of a new unit?
  • If you’ll be selling your home, could a new system increase its value?
  • What’s your current budget?

Based on your answers, you will likely determine whether or not now is the right time to purchase an air conditioner that uses the new, more environmentally-sound refrigerant. Want to learn more about R22 or get a quote on a new air conditioner? Call Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652. We have answers to help you with this, and all your HVAC-related decisions.

Fix That Noisy HVAC System!

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Few things are more annoying than a repetitive, irritating sound coming from your HVAC system. Being stuck at home because of the pandemic only makes these rattles, squeaks, and whirls even more frustrating. Before you take a hammer to your air conditioner, let’s get a handle on the situation and figure out what’s going on and how you can quiet that noise for good.

What’s the Source?

There’s a multitude of reasons why your HVAC system may be noisy. So, the first thing you’ll want to do is note the type of sound, when you hear it, and its location.

Running Continuously

If the sound is just the system running incessantly or cycling continuously, you’ll want to call for repair. Why? Well, a constantly running air conditioner or furnace will quickly run up your electricity bill while also wearing down the unit’s internal parts. It’s also a signal that you’re likely to experience a breakdown. Some of the most common reasons for a continuously running system are:

  • Dirty coils
  • Clogged filter
  • Refrigerant leak
  • Blower motor failure
  • Ductwork issues
  • Frozen evaporator coil

Really Loud!

Are you struggling to hear anything over the sound of your HVAC system? You could have the wrong sized unit or need a tweak of your system configuration. At Bruce’s, we’re happy to come out to evaluate the situation and determine your best options for turning down the volume.

Whining and Whistling

Spooky, phantom whistles and whines coming from your system can send shivers down your spine. Fortunately, they can typically be identified and repaired quickly. Often the reason is:

  • Leaky ductwork
  • Fan motor problems
  • Clogged filters

Now, if the sound is more of a rattle or shake, it’s likely to be worn bearings in the fan motor or problems with the fan motor blades. Sometimes, the unit itself needs to be remounted to minimize any vibration. Because air conditioning units have high voltage components and refrigerant, don’t attempt to make this repair yourself.

Squeaking

Squeaks and squeals are another common sound that often indicate that the blower motor is about to give out or that the motor shaft bearings require oiling.

Your HVAC system should provide peace of mind while offering peace and quiet. Call Bruce’s today to get control of those irritating noises.

HVAC Tips for Labor Day Weekend

Can you believe it? It’s Labor Day weekend! The summer is coming to a close, and those triple digit temperatures will hopefully soon be over for the season. So, what are your plans? If you’re leaving town for cooler weather, follow along with our checklist to prepare your HVAC system for your absence.

Turn Down the Air Conditioning

Conserve energy while saving a few dollars by simply adjusting the temperature setting on your thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can also easily set it so that your house will be cool and comfortable for when you return. Unless you have pets in your house that would suffer from higher temperatures, turn up the temperature and save money.

Change Your Filters

With summer monsoons soon ending, it’s a good time to replace your air filter. Why not do this one small chore before you head out on your holiday vacation? Clogged filters are a leading cause of HVAC inefficiency. It only takes a few minutes to clean or replace your filter. You’ll not only breathe easier, you’ll appreciate the smaller energy bill, too.

Protect Your Outdoor Unit

It’s a reality that thieves tend to target homes that appear to be unoccupied. Many specifically scope out empty homes on vacation weekends. One of their prime targets is HVAC equipment because it’s expensive and often surprisingly easy to steal. To combat thieves, install lights on timers and motion light sensors. You may also want to consider an HVAC unit cage for added protection. Since the system and the copper in the system is valuable, protection is a must.

Schedule a Fall Tune Up

Another task to add to the pre-vacation to-do list is call for a fall HVAC tune up. Routine maintenance does so much for so little, and it’s as easy as calling Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652.

With a single fall tune up, you’ll help extend the life of your system, reduce the chance of a large-scale breakdown, and increase your energy efficiency.

Happy Labor Day from everyone at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating.

Schedule That Seasonal HVAC Tune Up and Save

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While it’s not quite time yet to pack away the summer clothes, autumn will be here next month. Soon, we’ll be enjoying shorter days, cooler mornings, and pumpkin spice everything. But, before it’s time to haul out the Halloween decorations, it’s a good idea to schedule a seasonal tune up to ensure your HVAC system is good to go for the season ahead.

If you have never had routine maintenance on your system, you may be unsure of its benefits or if there’s even a reason to schedule a tune up. This is why we wanted to share with you some important reasons why this minor cost can add up in big savings for you down the road.

Extending the Life of Your System

During a tune up, one of our technicians will carefully inspect and clean your HVAC system, making necessary adjustments to ensure its efficiency. Small issues can be identified and addressed before they become substantial and costly problems.

Mitigates Large-Scale Breakdowns

Homeowners who have regular HVAC maintenance rarely experience unexpected breakdowns because their systems are primed for the season. This can be a major advantage during the hot summer months and on those few weeks in the winter when the temperatures drop below freezing.

Keeps Utility Costs Down

Well-maintained HVAC systems are, by far, more energy-efficient than those that never receive regular tune ups. In other words, you’ll be seeing lower energy bills. This savings is far greater than the cost of an HVAC tune up.

Schedule Your Maintenance Appointment

At Bruce’s, we do our absolute best to ensure a convenient, affordable maintenance appointment. We want to make it easy to ensure you do this one very important step in keeping your system operating optimally. Call us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule your tune up.