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Gratitude for Your HVAC System This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving next week, it’s an ideal time to reflect on all we’re grateful for. This should include our home’s HVAC system. All year long, our heating and cooling system quietly works hard to ensure our home is comfortable – even when there are extreme temperatures outside. All that your HVAC system asks for in return is a little attention every now and then.

Keeping your HVAC system happy and functioning at optimal performance begins with scheduling regular tune ups. At Bruce’s, our team of licensed technicians is here to help you get on track and stay on track with maintaining your system. This will extend the life of your system while helping maximize efficiency. In other words, it will save you on your utility bill. Small issues can be addressed before they become major problems. Because maintenance is so important, we highly recommend a service agreement that provides flexible maintenance appointments, savings on maintenance visits and discounts on repairs.

Other Ways to Say Thanks to Your HVAC System This Thanksgiving

Along with regular tune ups, you also can help maintain your system.

  • Dust your vents – This improves your home’s air quality and puts less stress on your system.
  • Change your air filters – Dirty filters make your entire system work harder. Before Thanksgiving, spend a few moments to change your air filter which will help increase efficiency.
  • Clear the clutter around your outside unit – Winter storms are just around the corner. By removing debris, vegetation, and loose items that are in close proximity to your outside unit, you can go a long way towards preventing damage caused by wind and storms.
  • Consider an air filtration system – Air quality has been a focus for all families in 2020. With an air filtration system, you can better protect you and your family from airborne illnesses and allergens.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. And if you need service, call us at 480-968-5652.

Tax Planning and Purchasing a New HVAC System

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If your aging HVAC system was running on borrowed time over this hot, long summer, you may want to consider replacement sooner than later. One of the many reasons to consider purchasing a new HVAC system is taxes. Yes, taxes.

In January 2020, the US Congress renewed the Non-business Energy Property Tax Credit, also referred to as Section 25C of the tax code. This credit enables you to obtain up to $500 in tax credits when you purchase and install an Energy Star certified, energy efficient HVAC System component. This includes air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces and more.

Taking advantage of this tax savings is simple. You’ll need to fill out IRS Form 5695 as part of your 2020 tax filing. There are several tiers of energy efficiency that determine the amount of the tax credit you will receive. These tiers are calculated by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. For example, an energy efficient air conditioner will obtain a $300 credit. Add more items, and the savings is greater. This credit is available for primary residences only. It is not for HVAC installations in vacation homes or investment properties.

With the political landscape continuously changing, no one knows how long this tax credit will remain available. So, it’s smart to take advantage of it while it’s here. And, you’ll also gain a host of other benefits once you do decide to upgrade to a more efficient HVAC system. These include measurably lower operational costs, greater efficiency, improved temperature control, and increased home value. You’ll also get the wonderful added benefit of knowing that you won’t be dealing with an HVAC system breakdown next summer.

Do You Have a Home Business?

If you run a business from your home, your HVAC purchase may qualify you for even more tax savings. The costs associated to the purchase and installation of a new air conditioner can be partially deductible – if you can show that it is an ordinary and necessary expense to operate your business. Consult with your tax professional for more details.

Call Bruce’s today for a free estimate on a new HVAC system.

HVAC Scares to Avoid This Halloween

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This Halloween, you may want to be spooked by a scary movie or startled by some haunting front yard decorations. But you probably aren’t up for being frightened by your HVAC system. Here are a few of the most common HVAC scares to watch out for this Halloween and throughout the cold weather months.

Carbon Monoxide

Frighteningly referred to as the silent killer, carbon monoxide is odorless gas that can be fatal when inhaled. It can occur in a home when a furnace exchanger is malfunctioning. Symptoms can include nausea, dizziness, headaches and mental confusion. Don’t take chances with carbon monoxide! If you have a gas furnace, it’s essential to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

And, if you suspect a gas leak, call your gas provider or fire department immediately and leave your house until the leak has been safely repaired.

Overheating

If you see smoke, sparks or smell something overheating coming from any part of your HVAC system, there is a problem, and potentially something that can start a fire. Turn off your HVAC system immediately at the master switch and call an HVAC professional right away.

If there is a slight burning smell within the first 24-hours after you start up your furnace for the season this is normal. However, if the odor lingers or becomes stronger, turn off the furnace at the shutoff valve and call for service.

Musty Smell

HVAC systems are prone to condensation buildup which can lead to mold and an unpleasant musty smell. As the mold creeps through air ducts, it can impact indoor air quality and cause respiratory issues.

If you smell must, you must call a technician who can quickly and safely clean your air ducts and identify the source of where the mold is growing.

Clutter Around the Furnace

Many homeowners are unaware of the risk of leaving boxes, bags and other items piled on or around their furnace. It’s a significant fire hazard that can be easily avoided. Make sure to provide plenty of space around your HVAC system.

It’s important to stay informed about potential hazards caused by your HVAC system. And keep up with preventive maintenance with twice-yearly service that can ensure your system is running safely.

Your Central Heat Is Not Working – Now What?

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The cooler temperatures are finally here – thank goodness! Now, it’s officially time to give our air conditioners a break, and soon we may even have to crank up the heat. But, what if nothing happens when you switch your thermostat from “cool” to “heat?” Here’s what to do.

Heater failures are a common problem in the fall – primarily because they’ve been sitting unused for many months. Often, a problem isn’t discovered until it’s time to turn on the heat. The reality is that there are many reasons why your central heating system isn’t working. In some cases, it’s a quick do-it-yourself fix. But, most of the time, you’ll need to call a professional.

Hot Air Not Blowing

If you can hear your heater working, but feel no hot air, it could be a lack of airflow caused by buildup of debris and dust. Often, a simple swap of an air filter can do the trick.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, it’s time to take a closer look at the thermostat. If it’s switched from “heat” to “cool,” your heater won’t turn on. It also can be prevented from turning on by a timer setting. If someone has been “messing” with the thermostat, check the programmed settings to make sure everything is set as it should be.

Still Cold?

If those simple fixes don’t work, you could be dealing with a larger problem. Common causes of a central heating failure are:

A blocked outdoor unit

Check to see if the outside components are clear from debris, leaves, branches and dirt.

Malfunctioning electric blower

Without the blower pushing hot air into your home, you might be getting gusts of cold air.

Leaky ductwork

Like a malfunctioning blower, leaky ductwork hinders the ability to move hot air to warm living spaces.

Bruce’s Can Identify and Resolve Your Home’s Heating Issues

With cooler weather here, keep our number handy – 480-968-5652. At Bruce’s we’re here to help you with all your heating needs throughout the fall and winter.

How Are HVAC Refrigerant Leaks Diagnosed?

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While fall is definitely here, you’re likely to still be using your air conditioner during the warm daytime hours. After a summer of scorching heat, your system has definitely been put to the test in terms of its durability. For this reason, it’s important to keep an eye out for issues that can impact its performance – including refrigerant leaks.

Unlike with many other HVAC issues, the signs of a refrigerant leak are often subtle and easy to overlook. Often, the first and only indicator is a higher utility bill. Other signs include poor cooling, ice on the evaporator coil and a very slight hissing sound emanating from the outdoor unit.

When it comes to properly diagnosing an HVAC refrigerant leak, it’s important to get expert advice. At Bruce’s, we can help you get to the bottom of a leak, as well as any other problems impacting the function of your system.

If we suspect a refrigerant leak, we use a few techniques to confirm it. This includes implementing an electronic leak detector that offers a high degree of accuracy in terms of pinpointing the source of the leak.

If your HVAC system has a refrigerant leak, it’s important to remember that repair isn’t as simple as adding refrigerant. In fact, beware of any HVAC company that offers this low quality solution. Not only will the leak not be repaired, you’ll be paying more money to continue to refill your unit. The right approach is to fix the leak, test the repair, and then add refrigerant. Then, and only then, will your system be functioning as it should be. If there are multiple leaks, we may recommend replacing the refrigerant coil.

Think you may have a refrigerant leak? Don’t wait another day. Call Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652.