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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.

Treat and Not Trick Your HVAC System This Fall

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With temperatures still hovering close to the triple digits, it still feels like summer. Yet, relief is in sight with the cool temperatures of fall and winter just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to treat your HVAC system to some preventive care before you have to experience the tricky situation of a system malfunction or breakdown.

HVAC maintenance for your furnace or heat pump should ideally be scheduled before winter arrives. This will ensure you’re prepared for when the cold temperatures hit – and they will! At Bruce’s our HVAC technicians can inspect your system to ensure all parts are functioning as they should be. We clean dirty heat exchangers, igniters and other components. We’ll let you know if there are old or worn out parts that require replacement, too. Moving parts are lubricated, and your system’s electrical components are checked, as well. We’ll finish up with testing and calibrating everything, so you won’t be in for any tricks when you need to flip on the heat.

Treat Your Ducts

Fall is also a great time to have your HVAC system’s ductwork inspected for leaks and cleaned to improve indoor air quality. Not only will you breathe easier, you’ll enjoy a hefty improvement to your utility bill if we find and repair any leaky ducts.

Treat Yourself to a New Programmable Thermostat

Get ready for a cozy and affordable fall and winter by replacing your old thermostat with a new, programmable model. You’ll be able to stabilize your home’s comfort levels and energy bills while reducing the wear and tear on your entire HVAC system.

At Bruce’s, we’re only so good at Halloween-related puns. But, we’re excellent at providing you with the highest quality HVAC service, repair and installation. Why not call us today to schedule your fall tune up, and we’ll treat you to excellent service without any tricks.

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.