Category Archives: Air Conditioning

Air Conditioner Readiness – Get Ready for Triple Digit Heat


In The Call of the Canyon, author Zane Grey wrote, “There’s something wonderfully healing in Arizona air.” There’s no doubt, springtime in the Valley of the Sun is a very special time of year. The perfect days of February and March lull you into forgetting about the triple digit days of June, July and August, which lie just ahead. Keeping the air temperature in your home at a comfortable level when the heat soars outside requires checking in advance to make sure your air conditioning system is working properly and ready to take on the blistering summer sun that will soon be here.

Yearly Air Conditioning Check Up

On a yearly cycle, February, March and April are ideal months to schedule an HVAC maintenance checkup. An ounce of prevention can save a lot of headaches down the road. After a huge rainstorm, roofing companies receive hundreds of emergency service calls. Likewise, the first extended heatwave of summer pushes old or faulty HVAC systems to their limits, resulting in a huge spike in service calls. As any Phoenix homeowner will tell you, living without air conditioning in 115-degree heat while their unit is being repaired is no fun at all. The desert climate is so unforgiving, that putting off regular maintenance means it’s only a matter of time until something goes wrong. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. It’s best to get out in front of this yearly challenge.

Indoor Air Quality

It’s not only cooling your home that matters, but also the quality of the air circulating through your vents that can make a noticeable difference. A yearly maintenance check includes changing the air filters and examining the air ducts. Dust and dirt from the desert winds are the enemy of clean air inside your home. Pollen and allergens are rampant in spring. If it has been awhile since your last checkup, an air duct inspection will enhance the indoor air quality in your home.
Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating today to learn more about a yearly checkup for your air conditioner maintenance at 480-968-5652.

Maintaining Your Phoenix Rental Property’s Air Conditioner

With the growing popularity of the Phoenix metro area, it’s no wonder that many people are investing in rental properties. While there’s plenty of money to be made on rental units at all price points, it’s important to carefully consider air conditioner maintenance to sustain a steady income stream.

Buying a Rental Property

If you’re purchasing a rental property in Phoenix or in a surrounding city, it’s important to have the air conditioning system carefully inspected by a licensed HVAC contractor. Although the property inspection executed as part of the purchase contract will provide some insights into the state of the air conditioner, a qualified technician can help you better understand what you’re getting when you buy the property. This includes the lifespan remaining on the unit, possible problem areas and how much maintenance it needs.

Protect Your Investment with a Maintenance Contract

Just as important as with a property you own and occupy, you need to have a maintenance contract on your rental unit’s air conditioner. If you have tenants that neglect to tell you of a minor leak or other malfunction, it can result in property damage or other costly problems. Consistent, quality maintenance is your first line of defense against having this happen. Small issues can be prevented or fixed before they turn into full-blown rental property emergencies.
While it’s wonderful if you have a diligent tenant, many are not, especially when it comes to proactive maintenance like changing out air filters. If they’re forgetting to change them on a regular schedule, the technician can offer a gentle reminder during a maintenance check.

It’s the Law

Here in Arizona, tenants have the right to remedy an air conditioning problem if it isn’t handled in a timely manner. To be more specific, the tenant must give written notice to the landlord that repairs are needed, and they must be completed within five days. If they’re not, the tenant has the right to substitute services which can include moving to temporary housing, purchasing an AC wall unit or making the repairs to the broken unit.

In other words, you don’t want to put your tenant in the position of taking these legal steps. The best way to prevent this is to maintain your rental property’s air conditioner and ensure you have a reliable source for HVAC services if and when you need them. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating, we offer a full range of HVAC services for rental properties. Whether you have one unit or hundreds, we can help you maintain your investment with reliable cooling and heating solutions that will support your investment strategy.

Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating today to learn more about air conditioner maintenance for your rental properties at 480-968-5652.

Ground Air Conditioner Versus Rooftop

Here in the desert, air conditioning is as essential as running water. While every home has at least one air conditioner, they’re not all located in the same location. Air conditioners can be located on the ground adjacent to a home or on a home’s rooftop. When choosing between installing a new air conditioner on the ground or on the roof, there are several considerations to explore ranging from aesthetics to functionality. There are arguments for both ground and rooftop units. Here are some considerations to weigh to determine the best option for you:

The Neighborhood

If you’re in the market for a new home, it’s always a good idea to look at the surrounding neighborhood. Many older neighborhoods have a predominance of rooftop air conditioners. If you personally find this an eyesore, it’s important to know that moving the air conditioner from a roof to the ground is a modification that cannot be easily undone. In other words, when in Rome, do as the Romans. Likewise, deciding to place an air conditioner on a roof when every other home has a ground air conditioner may not be a wise financial decision. In fact, it could negatively impact the future value of your home.

Space

Ground units require a certain amount of space. Not only must you allot for the unit itself but also enough clearance on all sides to enable hot air to circulate from the unit. If you have a small yard, a ground air conditioner may throw a monkey wrench into big plans for an expansive patio or garden.

The Weather

Rooftop air conditioners often take more of a beating than ground units because they are continuously exposed to heat. There is often higher winds and more blowing dust on top of a home. In contrast, a ground air conditioner can get clogged with dead leaves, damaged by animals and inundated by flood water during a monsoon storm.
It’s always a good idea to consider your specific weather conditions and the landscape around your home to determine what might be the best option.

Maintenance

All air conditioners, regardless of where they are located, should be serviced on a regular basis. With rooftop units, it’s often a case of out of sight, out of mind. So, it’s additionally important to obtain a maintenance plan from a reliable contractor that can remind you of when maintenance is required.

Security

Yes, there is such a thing as air conditioner theft. Thieves have been known to swipe the copper out of an air conditioner or even steal the entire unit, leaving nothing but wires and the need for an insurance claim. Rooftop air conditioners are typically more secure because they are not as easily accessible.

Want to learn more about the benefits of ground versus rooftop air conditioners? Call the experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating at 480-968-5652.

Selling Your Home? Consider Your Air Conditioner

An air conditioner is a fundamental component of any home, especially here in the greater Phoenix area where extreme heat is a common occurrence. This makes it especially important to ensure your HVAC system is functioning properly if and when you decide to sell your house. Because an air conditioning unit will be carefully evaluated during a home inspection prior to a sale, it’s essential to consider its status before your property is listed. Yes, the state of your air conditioner can even make or break a sale. The following are some key considerations for home sellers.

The Age of Your Air Conditioner

Is your air conditioner more than 10 years old? If so, this will raise eyebrows in any potential homebuyer who will not want to invest in a replacement for this costly piece of equipment shortly after their home purchase. If you’re not willing to invest in a new HVAC system, you may need to consider the cost of replacing it when you determine the sale price of your home.

Utility Bills

Today’s homebuyers aren’t just looking at a home’s purchase price, they are also weighing the ongoing cost of keeping it running and maintained. Some may request to see utility bills prior to an offer being made to understand the energy costs. Sky-high energy costs can scare off some buyers. Consider your usage patterns and your HVAC system’s overall efficiency before you list your home so that you can present favorable utility bills.

Maintenance

Homebuyers may also want to see maintenance records for the air conditioner. Regular maintenance and tune-ups are essential for keeping a unit efficient and maximizing its lifespan. Thus, if you are planning to sell your home in the next year, it’s a good idea to schedule service for your HVAC system and consider a maintenance contract.

Are you preparing to sell your home? Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating now to schedule maintenance service or to obtain a free estimate on a new air conditioner. By considering your air conditioner when beginning the process of selling your home, you can eliminate any unexpected expenses and increase the price homebuyers will be willing to pay.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Can Save You Big in 2018

Anyone who lives in the greater Phoenix area is familiar with the high cost of summer air conditioning bills. Actually, many Arizona homeowners use their air conditioner for most of the year! Yet, there are ways to contain the cost of cooling. And, the single most important way you can do this is by getting regular air conditioning maintenance.

The Value of a Tune-up

Like cars, air conditioning systems require periodic adjustment and cleaning due to normal wear and tear.  Because air conditioners in desert climates, such as the Phoenix area, are used more frequently than in other regions, it’s only logical that they require more frequent maintenance. By ensuring your system undergoes regular maintenance, you keep the motor and other components working efficiently. In other words, your system won’t work as hard if it’s running well. In turn, you won’t be driving up your utility bill with an inefficient air conditioner. Proactive tune-ups also help extend the life of your system. Often, this results in your air conditioner having years of extended life. More money in your pocket!

Problems can also be detected during regular maintenance before they turn into system failures. The difference between fixing a minor problem and replacing an entire unit can amount to thousands of dollars saved. As well, regular replacement of air filters and cleaning can ensure air is circulating effectively through the system and reduces the load on the unit. You’ll have cooler air with less work by simply replacing your filters on a regular basis.

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we encourage homeowners to consider an HVAC maintenance agreement. You’ll gain the flexibility to schedule maintenance when it’s convenient for you and get valuable discounts when you do need service.

In 2018, you can save on your cooling costs by making the wise decision to have ongoing HVAC preventive maintenance. Call us today to learn more about our maintenance agreements and how they can help you save big next year.