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Can Having An AC Improve Your Life?


Here at Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric AC stands for MORE than “Air Conditioning.” That’s right! “AC” also means – Always Comprehensive, always Cool! …Or …ARCTIC Cool, awesomely COLD, amazingly chill-ax-able!

As the summer heats up, air conditioners will be cranking up to full blast in homes to keep people cool. Here are a few advantages to have an AC in your home.

Easing allergies and asthma:

For people with allergies or asthma, research shows that air conditioning can help ward off attacks. According to the Mayo Clinic, air conditioning can help filter out airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds to keep it from circulating indoors. Air conditioners also lower indoor humidity, which decreases the growth of dust mites and mold.

Reducing heat stroke:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death, a problem that claims hundreds of lives in the U.S. each year. People who are most vulnerable to heat-related illness are children under the age of 4, adults over the age of 65, people who are overweight and those who are sick or on certain medications.

In addition to help reduce the risk, doctors recommended drinking lots of water during the summer and staying in air-conditioned areas during the hottest part of the day.

Better security:

Having open windows, even with screens, are limited blockage when it comes to keeping bugs out. They’re even worse at keeping out unwanted people. Depending on where you live, an unsecure window or door simply isn’t safe. You want to keep your loved ones and valuables protected from both the elements and the unpleasant side of humankind.

To ensure that your air conditioner keeps you cool and healthy this summer, make sure you have your annual Brothers AC 33 pt. check, regularly clean or change your air filter. And never store paints, cleaners, or other chemicals near your air conditioning, heating or ventilation system.

Brothers technicians check an AC system top to bottom, making sure it’s in peak condition! They’re “always comprehensive. And BECAUSE of that, families can really stay comfortable this summer. AC means “Always … COOL!”

Call 303.451.5057 or visit www.BrothersPlumbing.com to schedule today! To view availably coupons visit: http://www.brothersplumbing.com/cooling/

Brothers Gives Back to Team FlyDenver and Bike MS

Brothers Gives Back to the Joshua School
Through the Brothers Gives Back program, we are proud to be able to donate $1000.00 to the amazing cause, Bike MS – Team FlyDenver. The National MS Society’s vision is: A World Free of MS. People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. All around the nation the Nation MS Society hosts Bike MS events. Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.

Much more than the ride of a lifetime, with each pedal stroke you’ll be helping us reach our goal — a world free of MS.

At Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we believe in giving back to the community. Every month we give up to $1000.00 to a local charity or nonprofit…nominated and chosen by you, our customers! If you have a non-profit nominee suggestion, please visit Brothers Gives Back.

Hail Storm Damages AC Systems and Roof Vents

Hail Damaged Condenser
Colorado got hit hard by hail storms over the last few days. These storms brought golfball-sized hailstones and caused extensive damage to air conditioning systems, roof vents, and other property. Here at Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we can help repair/replace air conditioning systems extensively damaged by hail. If you’ve found your air conditioning system damaged, give us a call at 303.468.2294. We’re standing by to help you out in any way we can.

Types of Damage

Hail is dangerous. It causes damage to property and can injure people. Air conditioners, roof vents, and other external appliances and home features are especially at risk during hail storms. If your air conditioning system or roof vents are showing any of the following signs of damage, then please do not hesitate to give us a call:

  • Damaged Fan Blades
    If hail has damaged or dinged up your AC fan, then give us a call right away. A damaged fan will drastically affect your air conditioning system.
  • Coil Fin Damage
    The coil of your air conditioner is one of the most important parts. If the fins (aluminum fins attached to copper pipes) are damaged, repair or replacement is often necessary.
  • Case Damage
    If the hail storm has damaged nothing but the case of your air conditioning system, then your unit is probably perfectly fine. If you’re still worried, give us a call for an inspection.
  • Roof Vent Damage
    If you have roof vents for your water heater or furnace, inspect the vent for cracks.

Coils Can Sometimes be Fixed

If the fins of your condenser coil are bent, and no damage is done to the copper piping underneath, then it may be possible to repair the coil. Coil repairs are pretty straightforward: A technician will use a small comb-like device to straighten out any bent coil fins. Sometimes, however, this is not enough and the fins are beyond repair. When this happens in a commercial unit, the coil itself is decently simple to replace. If it happens with your home unit, then replacement of the entire condenser unit is usually the more cost-effective option.

Replacement is Often the Best Option

Unfortunately, hail damage is often the last straw for many air conditioning systems. Replacing the damaged system is usually more affordable and practical than repairing it. At Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we install hail guards with every new air conditioning system. These hail guards protect your system from the kinds of damages we talked about here today. If you have suffered hail damage during this recent storm, then please give us a call! We’re standing by to help you out with all your air conditioning needs and roof vent needs.

Is it Time to Kick Your AC to the Curb?

During a Colorado summer, we rely on a few important things – sunscreen, a hat, and at home, our air conditioning unit.

An air conditioner can make life comfortable when temperatures climb… but how do you know when you can no longer rely on your AC system and it is time to “kick it to the curb”? Maybe you’ve noticed it doesn’t seem to cool or run as efficiently as it used to. Like all appliances, your air conditioner won’t last forever, although you will get a good life out of a well-maintained system. While it depends on your unit, the climate you live in and how often you use it, a regularly serviced air conditioner will last much longer than one that is not.

Even a well-maintained air conditioner of a certain age might run into problems. So we’ve prepared a list of the top 7 telltale signs that indicate you need to kick your air conditioner to the curb.

1. Unit is blowing hot or cold air which is inconsistent to temperature settings

One of the most common problems in an older air conditioning unit is that it just doesn’t cool or heat. It may still produce regular air levels, but the air isn’t coming out cold or hot as per its settings. From time to time during regular use, you may experience some warm air on a cool setting, but if your unit stops producing cool air entirely, it’s time to investigate and vice versa for heating. It may mean low refrigerant levels. However, warm air production when set for cooling can indicate a serious problem such as a damaged compressor.

Inconsistent temperatures are a sign of trouble too. Your air conditioner is supposed to provide a consistent air temperature at the setting you’ve chosen. When certain rooms become cold zones, and others don’t seem to get any cool air at all, it could mean your air conditioning unit is on the way out. If your unit is producing hot (or inconsistent) air, inspect the filters, valves, condensation drains and coils for airflow obstructions. But be prepared, a replacement unit may be on the cards.

2. Your unit has diminished air flow

During operation, there is little or no cool air coming out of the vents. A significant decrease in airflow could be another sign that your air conditioner’s compressor is on its last leg. If your thermostat is set to a reasonable temperature and your home is still too warm, then your air conditioning system is definitely not working at its optimum level. Again, check filters first, but it might be time for a new unit.

3. It’s emitting strange noises or strange smells

A fully functioning air conditioning system should operate almost silently. If you know your unit well, you’ll be familiar with any little sounds it makes as it cycles. In fact, those noises will be a regular part of your life’s sound symphony. So, when you hear noises different from the norm, it’s time to act. Minor noise changes could simply indicate the need for some repairs. Perhaps the fan isn’t working properly, or one of the parts inside the unit has become loose, or an internal mechanism has become clogged with dirt. However, if the noise is a little stranger – such as screeching, grinding, grating, rattling, buzzing or ticking, this could indicate a serious problem that means unit replacement!

The same goes for unusual odors! If your unit is giving off a bad smell, it’s not just a nuisance, it indicates a problem you need to address right away. Foul odors can mean that your air conditioner’s insulation has become damaged or that the ductwork has become moldy. Dirt, mold or mildew inside your unit can circulate contaminated air through your home and cause health issues for your family. So, don’t ignore those bad smells. Strange smells may simply be caused by a filter that needs replacing. So, check them first, but if your unit is still smelly, could be time to replace it.

4. Your unit is leaking or producing excess moisture

Depending on the type of air conditioner you have, a small amount of condensation or water dripping on the outside of your unit (i.e. outside the house) is normal. But for the most part, your air conditioning unit should stay dry whether or not it’s in use. If you notice moisture inside the house, a sudden increase in condensation or a leak, it may be time to replace your air conditioner. First of all, ask a Brothers air conditioning technician to inspect it right away for safety reasons (electrical components and water are not a good combination). Some units may spring refrigerant leaks; refrigerant should only ever be handled by a professional due to the health risks it poses. Your air conditioning specialist will locate the source of the leak and let you know if a new unit is the most cost-effective course of action.

5. Your unit is short cycling

It’s quite normal for your air conditioner to cycle on and off to maintain a set temperature throughout your home. However, has your unit developed a tendency to switch itself off randomly? Or does it sometimes have difficulty getting started? If you notice that it is turning on and off more frequently than usual, it is possible that your unit is malfunctioning. Short cycling puts extra stress on your air conditioner and will cause it to fail entirely if not handled quickly. Call a Brothers, and with any luck it may just be a blown fuse. But it may mean it’s time for a new unit.

6. Your energy bills have dramatically increased

Even if your unit appears to be functioning ‘normally’, one of the biggest telltale signs there may be a major problem can be found on your energy bill. Has it spiked suddenly and you aren’t sure why? Undertake an ‘energy audit’ and consider other factors that may have caused your energy bill to increase. This will help you to work out whether your air conditioning is the culprit behind a surge in energy costs. If all roads lead to your unit being the source of the extra power, then you need to determine why it has become significantly less efficient. Perhaps your air conditioning system is overworking? Diminished cooling capacity will raise energy costs as your unit struggles to maintain the desired temperature ineffectively. Try cleaning the air vents, replacing the filters and then check for any lumps or knots in the condensing coil. Of course, it may be an energy drain simply because it has become sluggish and is reaching the end of its working life.

7. Your unit requires frequent repairs (and is out of warranty)

Has your trusty air conditioning unit become more trouble (and expense) than its worth? In an ideal world, your unit should be serviced every year to keep it well maintained, clean and in tip-top shape. Occasionally, you may need an extra service or repair. However, if your air conditioning system is constantly in need of mending and repairing, multiple times per year, then you may have to Kick it to the curb – replacing your air conditioner may simply be the more economical and efficient option. Usually, you can factor in one major repair or part replacement. However, if serious repairs occur later in the unit’s life, they serve as a warning of future issues. If your unit needs a complex repair after the warranty expires, that’s a sure sign to start shopping around for a new unit instead of pouring money into an old one with a limited shelf life.

So, do you recognize any of these signs? Don’t wait.

If you detect any of these 7 signs that your air conditioning is malfunctioning, it’s time to call Brothers. To stay comfortable during the summer months, it’s vital to carry out any necessary repairs, or if it proves to be more cost-effective, it may be time to part ways with your unit and invest in a brand spanking new one with a warranty. Acting now will let you get back to enjoying a trouble-free, noise-free, leak-free, energy-efficient Colorado summer.

Call 303.451.5057 or visit www.BrothersPlumbing.com to schedule today!

Brothers Gives Back to the Joshua School

Brothers Gives Back to the Joshua School
For our April 2018 Brothers Gives Back Campaign we are thrilled to be donating to The Joshua School. The Joshua School serves over 70 students. They are an accredited, Colorado Department of Education approved facility school and partner closely with over 20 local school districts to provide the intensive services many of their students need. The nationally recognized approach has achieved superior results through there structured environments, teaching strategies based on behavioral intervention, and data collection. Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based science, they identify, with families and teams, the needs of each student to create an independent and fulfilling life. These might include social skills, communication and language, academics, daily living and community skills, vocational skills and more.

The Joshua School is a community, working together with the goal to help their students grow and develop. They know our parents advocate and have risen to the challenges presented to them. Their love and activism inspires each of us, and together we strive to give our students lives filled with possibility, happiness and belonging.

If you would like to donate or become involved with The Joshua School, please visit https://www.joshuaschool.org/donate

At Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we believe in giving back to the community. Every month we give up to $1000.00 to a local charity or nonprofit…nominated and chosen by you, our customers! If you have a non-profit nominee suggestions, please visit Brothers Gives Back.