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Commercial Air Conditioning Service Tips for Your Business

During hot Arizona summers, businesses need to pay attention to their air conditioning units to prevent a costly system failure. Even a slight dip in temperature can impact employee efficiency and the related bottom line. In other words, commercial air conditioning units need to run flawlessly. Maintenance is key to making this happen. The following are some tips to prevent a costly air conditioning-related problem.

Don’t Overload the Unit

While it can be incredibly hot during the summer months, it’s never wise to turn the thermostat to the lowest setting. Not only will it not cool down a building or office quicker, it can put a tremendous strain on the system. Instead, set the thermostat to a consistently comfortable setting to avoid system wear and tear and a higher utility bill.

Keep the Condensing Unit Clear

A common workplace issue is blocking the air conditioner with chairs or other outdoor furniture. This hinders the unit’s ability to draw air in and can increase strain.

Replace Filters and Clean Vents

Workplace HVAC system filters and vents can quickly collect dirt, pollen, bacteria and mold. This is why they should be a regular maintenance focus. Filters should be replaced at least once a month during the summer months. Call us for more specific manufacturer guidelines. Vents should be cleaned on a regular basis to keep air circulating and to stop the spread of bacteria and viruses which can run rampant through a commercial property.

Check Freon Levels

Commercial air conditioning units shouldn’t be leaking Freon. However, a decrease in performance is an indicator that Freon levels are slowing diminishing. This is a common problem for older units.

Obtain Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

Unlike homeowners that typically only use air conditioners during the summer months, businesses often run them year-round. Because of this, maintenance tune-ups should be scheduled more often – at least twice a year.  These checks are ideal for identifying and addressing minor problems before they turn into business-halting issues that reduce your employees’ efficiency. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we can help ensure your commercial air conditioning unit runs seamlessly so you don’t have to fear an unplanned breakdown. Call us today at 480-968-5652 to learn more about commercial air conditioning maintenance for businesses in the greater Phoenix area.

3 Common Summer Air Conditioning Problems

While there are many types of air conditioning problems that can cause a lack of cool air, there are three specific issues that are most likely to happen in the summer. By being able to identify these common problems, you can determine if and when it’s time to call a technician for service.

Decreased Air Flow

Are temperatures beginning to climb in your home, and you’re just not feeling cold air coming from the vents? Your air conditioner blower may be dirty, or there could have a clog or a build-up of debris which is hindering air flow. Another possibility is leaking refrigerant or malfunctioning condenser coils. This air conditioning problem almost always warrants calling for service.

Rapid Cycling

Does your air conditioner keep cycling between the on and off settings? This is an indicator that either the condenser or the evaporator needs to be cleaned. In some cases, the condenser unit can be partially or completely blocked, causing the unit to turn on and off continuously.

It Won’t Turn on at All

This problem is particularly common after an electrical storm. During monsoon seasons when lightening is common, systems can fail to work due to overloaded power or tripped circuit breakers. If resetting the breaker doesn’t work, it’s likely there is a problem with the unit that warrants scheduling a call for service.

Avoid Summer Air Conditioning Problems

The best way to avoid an unexpected breakdown of your air conditioner is to schedule a tune-up which can help you maintain optimal efficiency, as well as avoid inconvenient and costly system breakdowns during the peak cooling season. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we want to make sure you’re cool all summer long. Call today for a tune-up from one of our licensed technicians and consider an ongoing air conditioning maintenance agreement to give you peace of mind throughout the year. 

Should You Use Your Fan with Your Air Conditioner?

When the temperature in the greater Phoenix area begins to climb, the first thing many homeowners do is turn on their ceiling and portable fans. The steady stream of air blowing can provide immediate cooling relief and even help reduce the mugginess when monsoon season hits. Yet, should you keep those fans turned on when you’re also running your air conditioner? Here’s the answer to this very common household question?

The Answer Is Yes!

While it may seem redundant to be using electricity to power two ways to keep yourself cool, the reality is that fans can actually make your air conditioner more efficient with something called the “wind chill” effect. Just as wind can make a cold weather seem colder, a fan blowing in a house can make air conditioned air seem chillier. This happens because the air your fans circulates carries heat away from your body, making you feel cooler and ideally more comfortable.

How to Use Your AC and Fan Together

There are some techniques to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner by using fans.

Run Ceiling Fans Counterclockwise – To maximize efficiency, run ceiling fans counterclockwise on medium to high speeds.

Raise Your Thermostat – Because you’ll feel cooler, you can raise your thermostat setting by up to four degrees and feel just as cool when your fan is also running.

Run Fans Only When Rooms Are Occupied – Turn on your fan only when you’re in a room and turn it off when you exit.

Stay Cool and Save

It may seem counterintuitive that you can actually save money by running both your air conditioner and fans, but it’s true! It’s a good rule of thumb to consider that you’ll save about 3 percent on energy use for every degree you increase your thermostat during the warm weather months. And, fans cost less than a penny an hour to operate. In fact, your air conditioner costs about 70 times more than running a fan.

So, don’t underestimate the importance of your fans and use them freely with your air conditioning. And, if you need service this summer, call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, your local air conditioner specialist at 480-968-5652.

3 Signs That Indicate Your Air Conditioner Compressor May Need Repairs

Consider the amazing design and engineering that goes into an air conditioning system. There are many components that work together to enable your air conditioner to keep your home or business cool, even during the hot Arizona summer months. One of the most important features of your air conditioner is the compressor. If it begins to malfunction, it’s only a matter of time before you will experience significant cooling issues.

The Role of the Air Conditioner Compressor

Your air conditioner compressor’s role is to compress refrigerant that is circulated through the evaporator coils located in your air conditioning system. The refrigerant is released from the pressure which makes the evaporator coils cold. Then, a fan blows the warm air from your home over the coils, cooling the air. The cooled air is pushed into your home while the warmed refrigerant is circulated to the condensing unit where the heat is exhausted into the outside air.

Something’s Not Right

Often, a compressor will begin to gradually fail. The signs may be subtle. Yet, they can quickly become more obvious, even resulting in a complete system failure.

Insufficient Cooling

If your compressor isn’t compressing refrigerant effectively, your air conditioner won’t cool your home or business. You may find yourself turning the thermostat lower or discovering you have a higher than normal utility bill.  Your air conditioning system requires refrigerant to flow into the evaporator coils under very high pressure. If this isn’t happening, the air can’t be cooled sufficiently.

Hissing Sounds

One of the telltale signs of a major compressor problem is a hissing sound. This means that pressure inside the compressor is too high. If the hissing turns to shrieking, turn off your air conditioner immediately to prevent further damage and schedule an appointment right away.

Circuit Breaker Short Outs

A faulty compressor can trip a breaker when the air conditioner is turned on. If you are finding that your AC unit’s circuit breaker shorts out on a regular basis, it’s time to schedule service.

Regardless of the cause of a compressor problem, it’s important to have an expert technician who can accurately diagnose and repair the problem. Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at (480) 968-5652 to ensure you’re not left with an uncomfortably hot home during the hot summer days that will soon be here.

To Repair or Replace Your AC Unit: That Is the Question

“To be, or not to be. That is the question.” This most famous line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet pertains to the whether or not the lead character in the play should continue to exist or not. This deep question is one that many homeowners have about their aging air conditioning unit. On one hand, it makes sense to continue to repair a quality AC unit if it has proven over the years to be a trusty source of cool air throughout the long Arizona summers. On the other hand, continuing to invest money in service and replacement parts on a system that doesn’t have nearly the energy efficiency of a newer system may not make financial sense. The key is being able to identify certain telltale signs that it’s time for a replacement.

Your AC Unit Is More Than 10 Years Old

Most older units do not have nearly the energy efficiency of today’s models. In fact, the most current, high-efficiency units offer up to a 20 percent or greater savings on monthly utility bills. Quality air conditioning systems will typically last from 12 to 18 years. Some can even last longer. If you are requiring significant repairs after five years, you may want to consider repairs because your unit likely has some good years of service left. However, one that is significantly older may not be worth the investment in repairs.

Utility Bills Are Continuing to Climb

While it’s normal to have fluctuations in your utility bill based on changes in your consumption, there’s a problem if your bill is consistently going up month after month. This is an indicator that your cooling system is no longer providing the efficiency you require for your home.

Your Cooling System Is Noisy

Although no HVAC system is completely silent, excessive noise indicates a potential problem. Most often, it’s an issue with a coil or with an undersized duct system. Often, this is an early indicator that it’s time for a new unit.

Excessive Repair Costs

If your system requires repairs, and they will cost more than $500, it may just make more financial sense to replace it. Some homeowners believe that it’s more affordable to kick the can down the road and replace at a later date. However, when you add up the cost of repairs, time, and reduced energy efficiency, it often is more financially savvy to replace than repair.

Need Help Determining the Future of Your AC Unit?

Air conditioners are long-term investments. You want to make sure you’re making the best decision for both your budget and your comfort. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we can help you make the right decision for your home. Call our expert team today at 480-968-5652 to get the answers you need.