Category Archives: Air Conditioning

How to Finance a New Air Conditioner

It’s Murphy’s Law that air conditioners often fail on the hottest day of the year. This is why it’s always a good idea to stay proactive with maintenance and repairs – especially as we enter into the hot weather months. If your aging unit is already showing signs of not being able to make it through the season, you may want to consider replacement sooner than later. By getting ahead of the game when it comes to swapping out your air conditioner, you can prevent the misery and inconvenience of an unexpected breakdown. And, the good news is that you don’t have to pay for it all at once.

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning, we know that a new air conditioner is a big investment and offer a variety of financing options to meet your specific needs. Of course, you always have the option of paying with a check or your Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. And, there are benefits in doing so, especially if you have a credit card that offers air miles, points, or other incentives.

Another option is choosing to purchase a new air conditioner through our financial lending partner. The approval process is fast, and you’ll have a line of credit for future purchases, too. Monthly payments are low with a competitive interest rate and no down payment required.

Air Conditioning Is a Smart Investment

While many home purchases are just purchases, a new air conditioner increases the value of your home while also making it more comfortable and energy efficient. Many homeowners are surprised by how much they begin saving on their monthly utility bill with a new high efficiency air conditioner. The savings is often up to 20 percent of a monthly utility bill. In other words, you’ll gain a valuable return on your investment that begins immediately.

Free Estimates

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning, we always offer free estimates on new high efficiency air conditioners, as well as heating equipment, air handlers, duct-free systems and indoor air quality products. Call today to speak with an HVAC services expert for your free estimate at 480-968-5652.

The Shocking Truth About Surge Protection and Your Air Conditioner

What did the surge protector say to the lightning bolt? “I’m shocked by your destructive behavior. Until you learn how to conduct yourself properly – you’re grounded!”

When it comes to electricity, where it comes from and how it works, most Americans are somewhat “unenlightened.” Often misunderstood, electrical power is so intricately woven into the fabric of our lives, most people only think about it when it’s not there, like when a power outage occurs. Utility companies in the United States generally do an excellent job of keeping the power flowing and the lights on. However, there are numerous causes for occasional power surges which can do damage to home appliances and knock your air conditioning unit out of service. With summer storms just a few months away, it’s a good idea to consider the benefits of installing a surge protector to shield your air conditioner from the dangerous effects of power fluctuations.

When Lightning Strikes

Did you know lighting strikes the earth 100 times per second? That adds up to over eight million times per day. Phoenix residents are familiar with spectacular displays of lightning, especially during the monsoon season. Located in Tucson, the NLDN (National Lightning Detection Network) monitors all lightning strikes in the continental United States and reports that Arizona averages over 600,000 strikes per year. Lightning is a significant cause of power surges due to the fact that one bolt of lightning can generate over 100 million volts of electricity. That kind of voltage can do a tremendous amount of damage and fry your air conditioning unit in a matter of seconds. A surge protector on your HVAC unit will prevent damage to your components and channel the lightning bolt into the ground.

There’s also more to be concerned about when it comes to electrical surges than lightning. Extreme power usage throughout the Valley of the Sun during summer heatwaves can cause power dips on the grid and resulting power surges when power goes off and back on.

It Will Never Happen to Me

Phoenix television stations do a great job of reporting the weather. Whenever we see dramatic footage of lightning bolts hitting trees or power lines during a thunderstorm, we always think, “That’ll never happen to me.” Hopefully, you never will experience lightning closeup, and your home will go untouched for as long as you live there. However, the relatively low cost of a surge protection unit can provide peace of mind for you and your family for years to come.

To learn more about surge protection to protect your HVAC system, call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating at 480-968-5652.

Wind and Weathering; the Valley of the Sun and Your Air Conditioner

Gone with the —-. Ride like the —-, whichever way the —- blows. Chinook, sirocco, haboob; a gale, a gust, a breeze, a blast. If you’ve got questions about the mysterious movement of desert air – the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. In songs and poetry, the wind is a welcome muse. However, in the Arizona desert, the wind isn’t always a harmless metaphor and it can be the adversary of your air conditioner.

Residents of Phoenix know a thing or two about wind. A cool breeze is your friend on a hot day. However, high winds in monsoon storms are routinely clocked at up to 60 miles per hour and can do significant damage to your home. The wind is a carrier of many surprises through the desert. The question is, how much of what the wind has to offer do you want inside you home? Standing guard between you and clouds of pollen, ragweed, desert dust and sand is one of your most trusted but unsung appliances – your home air conditioning unit.

Dust Devils and Desert Storms

Observing a massive cyclone-of-sand a mile-high obliterating the sun in the middle of a summer’s day is a sight that inspires awe and fear at the same time. Arizona desert haboobs bring high winds and tons of dust into the Phoenix area numerous times per year during the monsoon season. Extreme winds cause flying tree branches and wind-whipped debris which may do damage to your outdoor or rooftop air conditioning system. Your air conditioner faces extreme weather conditions with relatively little or no cover at all. Leaves and moisture can be blown into your unit and cause problems. If your air conditioner has not been checked lately, it’s a good idea to schedule a late spring tune-up.

Air Conditioning Filters – Phoenix Resident’s Best Friend

When it comes to unwelcome house guests, the wind brings a host of unhealthy visitors. From allergens to desert dust, pollen to pollutants; Phoenix area homes need protection from particulates. Clean air filters are your first line of defense for improving your indoor air quality. People (especially children) who suffer from asthma, allergies and respiratory conditions should be particularly vigilant in their quest for clean air. Bruce’s Air Conditioning tune-up includes:

  • Replace all air filters and check AC unit for standing moisture or mold.
  • Inspect air conditioning unit for damage from winter weather and storms. Eliminate leaves, branches, bird nests and check for rodents.
  • Inspect all electrical circuits and wires for wear and tear. Pesky rodents sometimes chew on wires. The sun’s UV rays can degrade plastic or make wires brittle; an older unit may simply be suffering from normal aging.

The professionals at Bruce’s Air Conditioning understand the extreme summer heat and fierce monsoon winds will push your AC unit to the limit. It’s best not to wait for small issues to become big problems. Call the experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning today at 480-968-5652.

What Is Freon and Why Is It in Your Air Conditioner?

In the Valley of the Sun, air conditioning isn’t a luxury. It’s an absolute necessity. Whether it’s in your car or in your home, air conditioners use refrigerant to cool warm air and keep you comfortable. If your home HVAC unit was manufactured prior to 2003, it likely uses a refrigerant called chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), commonly referred to by the brand name Freon. Because Freon has been linked to ozone depletion, it is being phased out and replaced by more eco-friendly alternatives.

Due to this phase out, getting replacement Freon has become more difficult and expensive. If you have an aging air conditioning unit, it makes sense to make the switch to a more ozone-friendly alternative. Freon is no longer being produced by manufacturers for new equipment and can only be produced for service of older equipment. After 2020, Freon will no longer be made in the United States and will only be available from recycled products.

Blowing Hot Air?

While an air conditioner that is blowing hot air could have a coolant leak, there could be other causes to the problem, including a broken condenser fan motor, a clogged filter or even a malfunctioning thermostat. Coolant like Freon should not deplete on its own, even in an older unit. If the coolant is low, this indicates a leak and requires a service call to find and fix the leak.

Disposing of Freon

When you are ready for a replacement air conditioner, the Freon in your older unit must be recovered and recycled. It cannot be vented into the atmosphere during service or disposal of the unit. Scrap yards and landfills may require proof that the refrigerant was removed before they will accept an air conditioner. This is why it’s wise to choose an experienced air conditioning installer who is trained in the removal of Freon, as well as the installation of new systems.

Are you ready to replace an aging air conditioner that uses Freon? Have a unit that isn’t cooling sufficiently? Call the experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652. We’re here to help with all of your HVAC service and installation needs.

What Is the Optimal Temperature to Set Your Thermostat in the Summer?

Our enviable spring weather will soon turn into scorching heat within the next two months. For us desert dwellers, triple-digit, summer temperatures are just part of life. Yet, it’s only bearable because of the cool comfort of air conditioning. But, what’s the best temperature to balance comfort with energy savings? Here are some guidelines to follow.

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Typically, our bodies are most comfortable when the inside temperature is within a degree or two of a steady 75 degrees during the summer months. However, it’s only necessary to keep your house around 75 degrees while you’re home and awake. Are you away from home for long periods throughout the day? It’s a good energy saving practice to set the temperature several degrees higher for while you’re away, as well as when you’re asleep. Thus, if you work an eight-hour shift away from home, it can save you considerably to raise the temperature during this stretch of time, along with the seven to nine hours when you’re typically asleep. Although, don’t be tempted to set high, uncomfortable temperatures while you’re away. This will result in your air conditioner struggling to lower the temperature to a comfortable level when you return, overworking your system.

Going Away for the Weekend?

Who doesn’t enjoy a quick trip to the beach or the mountains when Phoenix temperatures are soaring? But, don’t be tempted to completely shut off your air conditioning system. Instead, this is the time to take advantage of your hold/permanent/vacation feature to set your thermostat at a constant temperature that’s slightly higher than normal.

Why is turning your system off not a good idea? There actually are three key reasons why it pays to keep your air conditioning functioning at some level while you’re on vacation. The first and most obvious reason is that your indoor temperature will rise quickly if your system is turned off. No one wants to return from a restful getaway to a house that is 95 degrees inside. Also, when your system is turned off, humidity levels can climb, resulting in mold growth and a lack of air circulation. And, there is the issue of security. Savvy burglars are tipped off that no one is home when they don’t hear your outdoor condensing unit kick in.

No Programmable Thermostat?

Still struggling with a thermostat that you have to continuously set and reset? It’s time for a change! Today’s programmable thermostats enable you to quickly program your air conditioner so that it aligns with your schedule. By making this one switch, you’ll not only see savings on your utility bills, you’ll be able to better manage your home’s comfort – especially when it’s unbearably hot outside.

Want to learn more? Call the experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating at 480-968-5652.