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Is It Time to Repair or Replace Your HVAC Equipment?

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So, your HVAC system is struggling. Before deciding on whether to repair or replace any equipment, there are key questions you should ask yourself. The answers can help you determine what the best course of action will be.

What’s the age of your unit?

Older units can be difficult to acquire replacement parts for repairs. As manufacturers’ design and bring to market newer, more energy efficient models, they begin to phase out older models and associated spare parts. If your house has an older unit that needs repairs, it may be more cost effective to replace the unit rather than searching for hard to find, potentially expensive spare parts.

What’s the Condition of Your Unit?

If your air conditioner hasn’t been properly maintained, the best approach might be to replace the entire unit rather than continuing to invest in costly repairs. This can help you avoid untimely breakdowns in the heat of the summer or the chill of winter. And, a newer unit will heat and cool your home while using less overall energy. It will also cost less to maintain, have a manufacturer’s warranty, and possibly an extended warranty available to purchase from your local HVAC company.

How Long Are You Planning to Keep Your House?

Whether or not you are planning on staying in your home for many more years is a big factor in deciding whether to repair or replace your heating and cooling units. If you are planning on moving within three years, you can save money by having the unit repaired. If you are looking at staying in your house for more than three years, a replacement will be a better option. Depending on the SEER rating, 13 to 23 or higher, your annual energy savings may be anywhere from 38% to 65% or greater.

Call Bruce’s

When you need advice on repairing or replacing your HVAC equipment, our HVAC professionals can diagnose, repair, and recommend new air conditioning, heating, and furnace equipment. Call us today at 480-968-5652. We’re here to help!

Setting Your Thermostat for the Cooler Fall Temperatures

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Finally, the cooler temperatures have arrived in the Valley of the Sun. Welcome relief from the punishing summer heat is here, bringing opportunities for plenty of outdoor activities. Yet, October can also bring downright chilly early morning and evening temperatures. With the change in season from summer to fall, it’s a great time to take a few moments to reset your programmable thermostat. This will ensure you’re optimizing your home’s HVAC system for both heating comfort and cost.

At Home

Setting your thermostat at 68 degrees when you wake up in the morning or when you’re working from home is energy efficient. You’ll feel pleasantly warm without raising your monthly APS or SRP heating bills to excessive levels. Consider the best hours when this temperature setting is most appropriate according to your family’s typical weekday and weekend schedules.

At Bedtime

When you’re sleeping, you probably will not notice a slight drop in temperature. Even if you’re sensitive to colder indoor temperatures, an extra blanket or cozy comforter on the bed is usually enough to maintain warmth without dialing up the heat. Consider lowering your thermostat setting by five degrees for the eight or so hours that you’re in bed asleep.

Away from Home

Did you know that you can save over 15 percent on your monthly heating bills by lowering your thermostat setting by 10 degrees for at least eight hours each day? If your family schedules are relatively consistent, you can set your thermostat to increase your home’s indoor temperature 15 to 20 minutes before you arrive home. Reducing your house’s indoor temperature while you’re away on vacation will save energy, too. You won’t notice the temperature difference in your house, but you sure will on your monthly utility bill!

Call Bruce’s

If you’re struggling with an outdated thermostat that you can’t program or are having difficulty programming your programmable or smart thermostat, it may be time to consider installing a newer model or getting professional programming advice. Thermostat technology has advanced dramatically in the last ten years, and it’s easier than ever to reduce your energy consumption while still maintaining a comfortable home temperature. Call the experts at Bruce’s Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more about the benefits of installing a new programmable or smart thermostat. Call our HVAC technicians anytime of the day or night at 480-968-5652.

HVAC Basic Terminology for Homeowners- Part 2

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In Part 1 of HVAC Basic Terminology, introductory terms of an HVAC system were broken down by parts including the thermostat, vents, ductwork, evaporator coil, refrigerant, refrigerant tubes, and the condenser coil. In Part 2, we’re focusing on equipment, including the heat pump, heat exchanger, and the three types of HVAC home heating systems. Here’s more information on the basics of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Heat Pump

One of the most misunderstood HVAC terms is a heat pump. It uses electricity during warm weather months transferring heat from inside your home to the outside. A heat pump acts like an air conditioner when outdoor temperatures are uncomfortably warm. During the cold months, heat from outside your house is extracted and delivered inside your home, no matter how low the outdoor temperature is.

Heat Exchanger

The heat exchanger is not part of the furnace. It’s located inside the furnace, but the heat exchanger has its own capabilities. It adds heat to the incoming air from the combustion chamber outside of the house or through specific vents inside the house, called cold air return chases.

Furnace

A furnace is a common type of home heating system and one of the largest HVAC system parts. It’s installed in the attic, a closet, or a basement. The furnace is responsible for pushing hot or cold air through the ducts and into the rest of your home.

Boiler

A boiler uses hot water to heat a house instead of air. Then, the heated water flows through pipes installed throughout a house into radiators which provide heat to every room. Boilers are not common in homes throughout the greater Phoenix area.

Ductless Cooling and Heating System

The most energy efficient of the three types of heating systems, a ductless cooling and heating system functions by cooling and heating specific zones inside your house. When heating your home, this type of system utilizes a unit outside that collects air and then uses a compressor to heat this air and pump it inside your home.

Call Bruce’s

When you know the basic parts and terminology of your HVAC system, you’ll better understand typical HVAC problems and how to communicate these issues to your local experts. When you require professional help with your HVAC system, contact Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652.

HVAC Basic Terminology for Homeowners- Part 1

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HVAC is defined as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It’s key to keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But would you know all the basic components that make up an HVAC system and how they function? If you’re not certain, we’ve defined some basic terminology that will allow you to know your HVAC system a little better. Then, when your HVAC system is experiencing a problem, you’ll be able to communicate more easily with your technician when expertise is required to diagnose and repair your system.

Thermostat

This is the HVAC system part that you’re probably most familiar with in your house. This small appliance is where you can turn on or off the air conditioning or heating system and set a comfortable temperature. Common types of thermostats include programmable and smart thermostats. These thermostats monitor and adjust your house’s temperature even when you’re not there. Smart thermostats go a step further than programmable thermostats by working in conjunction with easy-to-use mobile phone apps. These smart home devices save you money on monthly utility bills and help regulate your home environment, customized to your needs.

Vents

Noticeable throughout your house, vents allow “conditioned” air to enter rooms after traveling through the ductwork.

Ductwork

Air ducts are the tubes that are connected to your HVAC unit and circulate air throughout your house.

Evaporator Coil

An evaporator coil absorbs heat from the air inside your home and works in conjunction with the condenser coil. An evaporator coil is built from copper, aluminum, or steel because these metals conduct heat easily.

Refrigerant

HVAC refrigerant is the fluid that causes cooling by running through the evaporator coil.

Refrigerant Tubes

These are metal tubes connecting the evaporator coil with the condensing coil. Refrigerant tubes connect the indoor and outdoor HVAC units and contain cooling refrigerant.

Condenser Coil

After the refrigerant is heated and pressurized in the compressor, it enters the condenser coil. Then, the refrigerant transfers its heat to the air blowing over it.

Stay tuned for part 2 of HVAC Basic Terminology. In the meantime, if you need professional help for your HVAC system, call us today at 480-968-5652. Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help you 24/7.

HVAC Issues You May Encounter This Fall

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With summer coming to an end, it’s a great time to call Bruce’s, your local HVAC professionals. Request a fall tune up or schedule repairs on nagging issues. The following are a few of the most common problems we hear about from customers during the changing of the season.

AC System is Leaking Water

Air conditioners have a drip pan and a condensate drain line to keep accumulating condensation adequately drained from your HVAC system. Over time, debris and dirt can clog these parts resulting in a drip pan filled with water, overflowing, and potentially causing a leak that may damage flooring, walls, or ceilings. When the drain line is not clogged, it can be either a crack in the drain line or a malfunctioning condensate pump.

AC Inconsistently Cooling Your Home

Uneven HVAC system cooling is a common issue and can be difficult to diagnose. Your air conditioner is built to pump out plenty of cool air inside your house and distribute it evenly. If it’s not, it’s time to call for service.

AC System is Not Turning Off

Is your AC continuously running? Most likely, it’s either an electrical system issue or a faulty thermostat. Call your local trained professionals right away to get to the bottom of the problem before it damages your unit or dramatically increases your utility bill.

Call Bruce’s

Do you need more help troubleshooting your HVAC system? Give Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating a call at 480-968-5652. Our team of professionals are experts at AC service, installation, and repair. Our technicians will check your system to determine the issue and the best way to get you back to enjoying your home no matter what the temperature is outside.