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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.


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.

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.

2020 New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System

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With the start of a new decade, it’s a great time to consider a new approach to your HVAC system. If you’ve been struggling with an aging system, you may want to start planning for a new high-efficiency solution. Or, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat, taking maintenance more seriously or just taking a few do-it-yourself steps to better manage the cooling and heating of your home.

Change Your Air Filter

The easiest resolution that you can stick to when it comes to your HVAC system is changing your filter on a regular basis. It takes only a minute, and it can have a big impact on your system’s functionality. A clean air filter prevents dust, dirt and other airborne particles from entering your system, improving air quality while reducing the load on your system.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

At Bruce’s, we recommend regular maintenance for your HVAC system. This includes a tune-up for your air conditioner in the spring and your furnace in the fall. Consider scheduling maintenance before you turn on your system for the season to enable our technicians to find any performance issues before they impact your home’s comfort.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Are you still relying on a manual thermostat? If so, you’re missing energy-efficient features that can save you money! Upgrading your thermostat is quick and easy – something that one of our technicians can do for you in a matter of minutes. Not only can a smart thermostat immediately help you start saving by adjusting the temperature based on your lifestyle, it can track your energy usage so that you can learn new ways to make your home more efficient and environmentally sound.

Upgrade Your HVAC System

If your system is approaching its end of use – usually 10 to 15 years – consider it time for an upgrade. Yes, a new system is a major purchase, but it can significantly improve your home’s comfort while reducing your monthly energy costs. Today’s systems are more efficient than ever. At Bruce’s we’re here to help identify the optimal system for you and your home to optimize energy efficiency and comfort. And, we have a variety of options for financing, as well as the latest information on tax incentives and rebates, too!

Happy New Year

In 2020, don’t take chances with unproven HVAC contractors. Choose Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating. With almost 50 years of experience in the Valley, we’re the trusted pros who can ensure your HVAC system is working as it should be all year long.

During the Holidays and Throughout the Year – Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating is Grateful for You

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This holiday season, we’re especially grateful for you, our valued customers. You make it possible for us to serve our community and help our neighbors stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Our HVAC Gratitude List for 2019

When it comes to heating and air conditioning, there’s also plenty for all of us to be grateful for, including:

  • High Efficiency HVAC Systems – The biggest energy hog in your home is your HVAC system. So, having a high efficiency system can make a big difference, in terms of home comfort and cost. In fact, you can begin saving money on your very first utility bill following installation.
  • Air Filters – We’re sure you get tired of hearing us say it, but clean air filters do so much to contribute to the indoor air quality inside your home. That’s why we advise changing them out at least six times per year (more if you have pets.) Air filters also make your air conditioner run cleaner and easier. The desert is a dusty place – air filters make us all breathe easier.
  • Smart Thermostats – This handy home device is far more than just a trendy thing to install on your hallway wall. A smart thermostat can do things that a traditional thermostat can’t, including saving you money. A digital, wi-fi connected thermostat enables you to check and control your home’s AC and heat remotely from an app on your phone. It also uses machine learning to optimize energy use based on your usage patterns and your personal temperature preferences.
  • Annual Inspections – Yes, we are HVAC nerds here at Bruce’s, and we appreciate greatly our customers who choose regular maintenance to keep their systems clean and working at their highest levels of efficiency.

Happy Holidays

The holiday season is a time for joy, reflection and gratitude. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to service your HVAC needs. If you have any questions, or (heaven forbid) if something goes wrong with your air conditioning or heating during the season, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Giving the Gift of Home Comfort

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Each year, many of us struggle to come up with unique holiday gift ideas. If you’re looking for something special that will keep on giving throughout the year for a loved one, consider an HVAC-related gift.

Smart Thermostat

Put a red ribbon on this useful device that can save both energy and money while making their home a little more comfortable. With intelligent HVAC control, your loved one can remotely access and manage their home comfort settings from anywhere – improving system efficiency and longevity.

Seasonal HVAC Service

An HVAC system service that includes inspection, cleaning and tune-up is a great gift for anyone on your gift list. Not only will they gain greater efficiency to lower cooling and heating costs, they’ll gain the benefit of a better functioning, safer system.

Ductwork Cleaning

Do you have a loved one who suffers from allergies or asthma? Consider giving them the gift of clean ductwork. Professional ductwork cleaning effectively removes symptom-inducing contaminants like dust, pollen, dander, mold and bacteria, ensuring that they don’t continue to be recirculated through the HVAC system.

Yearly Maintenance Agreement

Do you have a procrastinator to buy for this holiday season? If you have someone who tends to postpone routine HVAC care, give them a nudge with an annual preventative maintenance agreement as a gift. This includes twice-yearly service to ensure that all components of the system are functioning optimally throughout the year.

A New Air Conditioner

While the air is chilly now, we all know that the heat will be back soon enough. A high-efficiency air conditioner is a must for any Phoenix-area home, and a wonderful gift for any homeowner. If you’re searching for an impactful gift for a spouse or family, consider a new air conditioner. It’s a gift that will keep on giving for many, many years to come.

At Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating, we’re here to help you with all of your HVAC gift-giving needs. Call us today at 480-968-5652.