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Is Your AC Ready for Summer?

No matter where you live in the Valley of the Sun, if you’ve experienced an AC breakdown in the middle of summer, you may remember melting down as the sweltering heat took over your home. Air conditioning issues do crop up, but most of them can be avoided by scheduled maintenance twice yearly. Before summer arrives in June, Bruce’s recommends that you consider signing up for our maintenance service agreement. Here are seven reasons why a servicing contract is so important.

Maintenance Service Agreement Benefits

  1. Easy-to-schedule maintenance appointments that fit your schedule.
  2. High-quality servicing and repairs by a trusted, local HVAC company with over 50 years of experience.
  3. Twice yearly servicing helps to take away the worry of a summer breakdown.
  4. Discounts on needed repairs discovered during the tune-up appointment.
  5. Tune-ups and full inspections ideally in spring and winter.
  6. Authorized American Standard HVAC product dealer.
  7. Savings on the cost of a one-time maintenance appointment.

Importance of Maintenance

Routine HVAC care is vitally important in helping to keep your system running better and extending its lifespan.

More Efficient

A professionally maintained HVAC system will run more efficiently and cost less to operate, ensuring a more comfortable indoor environment for your family during the heat of the day and night.

Less Breakdown

Dust, dirt, and debris buildup contribute to component failure and costly repairs. When you sign up for a maintenance service agreement, our technicians can spot these issues before they result in a system breakdown when you least expect it. If your unit needs to be replaced, we carry a full line of American Standard HVAC products.

Higher Air Quality

Indoor air quality can be an issue when your HVAC system isn’t regularly maintained. Dirty air filters can result in excessive amounts of pollen, pet dander, dust, and dirt entering your home’s air. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to symptoms like fatigue, difficulty concentrating, headaches, breathing issues, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs according to OSHA.gov.

Longer Life

Usually HVAC systems last at least 10 years. If your system isn’t maintained properly, the lifespan of your unit may be reduced, and costly repairs may occur repeatedly. Scheduled maintenance is only a call away.

Call Your Preventative Maintenance Experts at Bruce’s

Looking to learn more about our HVAC maintenance agreements? Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating professionals today at 480-968-5652. Our heating and air conditioning maintenance contracts are available for both commercial and residential customers. We’re available 24/7 for emergency repair services.

Why You Should Spring Clean Your AC Condenser Coils

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One of the most effective ways to make certain your air conditioning unit is pumping out cool air is to clean its condenser coils. Especially with summer rapidly approaching, your system must be able to transfer heat from inside your house to outside efficiently at all times of the day and night. When the condenser coils are covered with dust, dirt, and debris, the coils will struggle to effectively transfer heat. Because the outdoor unit is vulnerable to weather elements, regular cleaning is vital. When the evaporator coils aren’t cleaned, bacteria and mold can also develop which means these contaminants may end up getting blown around inside your home, decreasing indoor air quality.

Importance of Cleaning Coils

When condenser coils aren’t regularly cleaned, the AC unit will use more energy to run and have reduced ability to cool your house. In other words, you’ll end up paying more money for less cooling. If the condenser coil malfunctions or slows down the AC system, it can affect the entire system, decreasing its lifespan. Energy consumption can end up increasing by up to 30 percent, and residue on dirty coils can result in frozen evaporator coils and the compressor overheating. To prevent a whole host of problems, condenser coils should be cleaned twice a year as part of regular HVAC system maintenance.

Preventing Dirty Coils

A couple of other DIY items to add to your spring checklist: check your air filter monthly and replace it when it’s clogged with dirt, dust, pollen, or other debris. A dirty air filter causes dust and dirt to build up on the condenser coils reducing air flow. Occasionally check your outdoor unit and remove any debris around the unit. Make certain that the surrounding area is clear of any foliage that might get blown into the unit or restrict air flow. Clearing a two-foot-wide area around your outdoor unit is recommended.

Cleaning Condenser Coils

You can rinse off your condenser coils with a hose in between servicing, but just make sure the water pressure is not too high. High water pressure can damage condenser fins. Condenser coils can be damaged by improper cleaning, or coils can even break from weather elements. Don’t forget to turn off the electrical power to the condenser unit at the outdoor shutoff. Generally, condenser cleaning is best left to your local HVAC servicing experts.

It’s worth scheduling professional preventative spring maintenance. This is one of the best ways to prevent long term issues with your condenser coils and air conditioning system. Call your highly trained technicians at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652 to schedule an appointment.

Is It a Good Idea to Use Your Air Conditioner and Fans at the Same Time?

It may be enticing to turn up the AC to full blast to cool your home. This may keep you comfortably chilled, yet your monthly utility bills will be sky high. Your most cost-effective, energy efficient, and fresh air circulation solution is to run your air conditioning unit at the same time as your fans.

AC + Fans = Cool

When you use your air conditioner and fans at the same time, whether ceiling fans or portable fans, you’ll achieve a comfy home and be energy-wise. Your AC provides cooling and reduces indoor humidity while the fans create a nice breeze, increasing your comfort.

Running fans helps reduce the “feels-like temperature” by about four degrees Fahrenheit. The draft created by fans helps your body’s cooling system work more efficiently. Fans move hot air away from your skin, and this causes natural evaporative cooling— saving you money and helping you feel cooler!

Ceiling fans and portable fans circulate AC air in your home. Cold air naturally sinks closer to the floor. Your home’s air conditioning vents push out cool air, but this air sits at floor level and doesn’t tend to circulate. Using a fan helps to push this air upwards pushing out hot air. Fans create air circulation moving air throughout your home, lowering room temperatures, and decreasing energy bills.

Other Tips

  • Turning up your thermostat by seven to 10 degrees from its typical setting for eight hours per day will reduce your cooling costs by 10%. This will also result in better indoor air quality, lower electricity bills, and lessens strain on the AC unit.
  • Open interior doors in your home. This will help your AC system to pull air more easily and efficiently. Running fans makes it feel like air is circulating better than when the fans are off. Just remember not to run fans when rooms are empty as they won’t lower temps and are just wasting energy.
  • Run your ceiling fans counterclockwise on medium to high speeds to maximize efficiency.

If you have additional questions about keeping your home comfortably cool, the professionals at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating are here to help. Whether you’re dealing with AC servicing, repair, or replacement, Bruce’s team of experts will be happy to assist you. Call us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule your appointment.

Energy Saving HVAC Tips for Earth Day

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Started in 1969, Earth Day was introduced by the government to bring additional awareness to our environment and planet. There are ways to make your HVAC system more earth-friendly that will boost its efficiency and make a difference in your monthly heating and cooling bills. Here are a few ways you can make your HVAC and home more environmentally-friendly for Earth Day and every other day.

Programmable Thermostat

When you have a programmable thermostat for your home, the thermostat monitors your home and runs only when it needs to. You set it and forget it! A programmable thermostat saves up to 15% on your utility bills and reduces wasted energy cooling down your home when you’re away.

Air Filter

Earth Day is the perfect opportunity for replacing your HVAC air filter and establishing a regular habit of changing it out. A clogged air filter compromises air conditioning performance and indoor air quality.

Water Filtration

Installing a kitchen-based water filtration system stops the need for buying bottled water in plastic bottles. An estimated 583 billion plastic bottles were produced in 2021 according to Statista.com and Americans spend up to $4 billion a year to purchase bottled water.

Duct Work

Leaky ductwork is one of the most common HVAC issues and most wasteful energy-wise. Air leaks result in decreased indoor air quality, reduced heating and cooling efficiency, increasing utility costs, and potential mold and mildew growth. To maintain a consistent indoor temperature set by the thermostat, your HVAC system will continue to run, wasting costly energy.

HVAC Tune Up

HVAC systems are durable and long-lasting, but only when well-maintained. Some specific reasons to schedule a tune-up include:

  • Warranty: If something goes wrong with your HVAC system, the manufacturer’s warranty will only cover repairs if regular maintenance was performed by a qualified HVAC contractor.
  • Efficiency: A regular tune-up keeps your system running smoothly and helps identify issues that may lead to a breakdown when you least expect it.
  • Wear-and-Tear: Preventative maintenance prevents premature parts breakdown. HVAC systems are designed to last at least 10 years. With preventative maintenance your system not only needs fewer repairs, but it also extends the lifespan of the unit.

Call Bruce’s

Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating professionals are happy to answer all your questions about your HVAC system and Earth Day tips. Reduce your carbon footprint and help make our planet a healthier place to live by calling us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule your tune up.

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your HVAC System

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If you’re currently in spring cleaning mode around your home, don’t forget about your HVAC system. Spending a bit of time and money now, will pay big dividends on your monthly utility bills while improving your home’s comfort all year long. These five tips will help keep everything running properly, even during the hottest days of spring and summer.

1. Change Your Air Filter

If your filter is clogged, it can restrict air flow. Your air filter is one of the most important HVAC components and should be changed at least monthly from April to September.

2. Clean Your Evaporator Coil

The external evaporator coil needs to be cleaned to work efficiently. A dirty or clogged coil results in reduced indoor air flow. This causes inefficient cooling which may be the reason your home seems to take forever to cool down. A dirty coil impacts other HVAC components leading to potential component damage and system malfunction.

3. Clear the Condensate Drain

A clogged condensate drain pipe will cause your AC drain pan to overflow. Drain lines can be blocked by rust, dirt, algae, and other debris. The condensate drain line is critical to the proper functioning of your HVAC system. The drain line’s most important function is to drain excess moisture outside of your home. When air is cooled inside your AC system, humidity is released. The humidity turns into condensation and the condensate line keeps moisture from building up inside your home and HVAC unit. Moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and corrosion. Check the drain line located near the outdoor condenser unit and make sure it’s not restricted by vegetation or blocked by dirt or debris.

4. Check the Outside HVAC Unit

Check your outdoor HVAC unit to make certain it’s not blocked by leaves, grass clippings, gravel, or sticks. Clear the top and sides from excess debris and clear a three-foot radius around the unit to ensure nothing is blocking air flow.

5. Schedule an AC Check-Up

Some HVAC spring cleaning tasks can be easily done by you or a family member, and others require the assistance of a skilled HVAC technician. Scheduling a spring maintenance appointment is necessary to make certain your entire AC system is running safely and efficiently for the impending summer heat. Your expert technicians at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating will conduct a complete inspection, servicing, and cleaning, ensuring your HVAC system and all its parts are working properly.

Call Bruce’s

Regular cleaning and maintenance provide many benefits. It keeps your HVAC system running smoothly, with less system breakdowns, fewer hassles, and longer system lifespan. Don’t wait another day. Call your locally owned HVAC professionals at Bruce’s at 480-968-5652 to schedule spring maintenance.