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How to Hire an HVAC Company

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In Arizona, we’re known for our spectacular weather. But we still get chilly temperature dips in the winter, and of course, summers can be brutal. Naturally, you rely on your home’s HVAC system to keep you comfortable throughout the year. This means having a reliable source for both regular HVAC maintenance and unexpected repairs. Regardless of the size, brand, or type of system you have, you don’t want to take chances with a less than professional HVAC company. Before you schedule service with any service provider, it’s just common sense to follow these tips:

Check Out the Company’s Website

These days, an online presence is essential for any HVAC company. Take a look at their website, read their blog posts, and find out about their services. Do you see a professional site or lots of typos, grainy images, and outdated information? A website is often a reflection of how a business is being managed.

Research the HVAC Company’s Reputation

A qualified HVAC company will have plenty of experience and a proven track record of success. This means happy customers who leave online reviews. Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, and Google Reviews should all be consistently favorable.

Ask about Credentials

So, their website looks good, and there are some positive reviews. The next step is to find out about their credentials. Credible HVAC service providers will always be licensed and insured. This information should be available on their website. You can also call to ask if licenses and policies are kept up to date. Copies of documents should be made available upon request.

Get an Estimate

Service rates can vary widely amongst HVAC companies. While you want to choose a quality company, you also want to pay a fair price for service. Trustworthy service providers will provide you with a clear, written estimate for work that needs to be done before starting.
At Bruce’s, we understand just how important your HVAC system is to you and your family. This is why we’re here to provide you with professional, reliable, friendly, and affordable service.

Call us today at 480-968-5652 to find out more about our services or to get an estimate on repairs, maintenance, or replacement.

Wishing You and Your Family a Happy Holiday

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Christmas 2020 will not be like any other Christmas. But, perhaps even more than ever, it’s important to be grateful this holiday and to appreciate what we all have. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. It’s our wonderful customers that make our business possible. We appreciate each and every day for you trusting us to be your HVAC service provider.

We know that you have many options when it comes to repairs and installation. We’re thankful to be able to serve you. And, as a reminder, we’re always here to help ensure your home comfort. Even on Christmas day, we can assist with your HVAC needs. Our line is open, and we do understand that HVAC issues can come up at the most challenging of times. If you have a furnace or heat pump-related challenge this holiday, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re always here with 24/7 emergency service. Call an expert at 480-968-5652.

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.

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.