Save Energy This Summer

20 Ways to Save Energy This Summer

It’s easy to consume more electricity in the summer months. That’s not great for your wallet or for the planet. Here are some ways to save energy by optimizing your air conditioning usage and tweaking some other habits.


Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore With Your A/C

Summer is a busy time and you probably don’t want to spend it dealing with air conditioner noise. But many of those strange noises can be signs of an impending breakdown. If you ignore the noise, you could end up with a much bigger problem. Here are some of the most common air conditioner noises, what they mean, and what can be done to get rid of them once and for all.


HVAC Duct Cleaning

HVAC Duct Cleaning: Does Your Home Need It?

You may be familiar with the advantages of having your home’s heating and air conditioning systems serviced regularly. But what about your ducts? HVAC duct cleaning can build on the benefits of furnace and AC maintenance, improving both air quality and the operation of your heating and cooling systems.

Air duct cleaning is different from regular preventive maintenance, though. It’s generally not needed every year. Keep reading to learn when you need to do it, the benefits to expect, and how the process works.


Reducing Energy Consumption

18 Tips for Living Sustainably at Home: Reducing Energy Consumption

As Earth Day 2024 rolls around, are you thinking about how your lifestyle impacts the environment? Here are some ideas for reducing your carbon footprint and living sustainably at home by reducing your energy consumption and more.


AC Coil Corrosion

Home AC Not Cooling? It Could Be AC Coil Corrosion 

It’s frustrating when your home AC is not cooling enough. Maybe you put off calling for repair because the unit is running — in fact, it may run constantly as it struggles to reach the set temperature. But the hot weather will be here before you know it. So it’s time to get to the bottom of the problem before you find that your air conditioner is not blowing cold air at all.

Loss of cooling power often means there’s a problem with your AC coils. Especially if the unit hasn’t been serviced and the coils haven’t been cleaned in a while, you can end up with AC coil corrosion. 

Keep reading to learn what causes coil corrosion, how it damages your system, and what you can do to fix it now and prevent it in the future. 

How coil corrosion leads to your home AC not cooling

Home air conditioning systems typically have an outdoor unit and an indoor unit (maybe more than one if it’s a big house). Both types of units have copper coils filled with refrigerant, and their job is to remove heat from the air inside and release it outside. 

The coils can get corroded when certain types of contaminants collect on them over time. Formicary corrosion is caused by the presence of acids in the air, from things like cleaning products and other chemicals, while pitting corrosion is caused by moisture and certain detergents. In either case, the copper coils get damaged by contaminants in the air, eventually causing small holes to develop.

Here’s an example of what AC coil corrosion might look like. 

In some cases, corrosion may not be visible to the untrained eye, because the holes can be very tiny. 

When corroded coils start to develop holes, the refrigerant inside starts to slowly leak out. As the amount of refrigerant in the system decreases, your air conditioner gradually loses cooling power. Eventually you find your home AC not cooling at all.

Repairing AC coil corrosion damage 

If a repair technician determines that you have corroded coils, fixing the problem depends on the extent of the corrosion and how much damage it has caused.

If the damage is limited to a few small holes, it may be possible for the technician to find and repair the holes and stop the refrigerant leaks. This is the best possible scenario.

However, if your system has lost significant cooling power, it’s more likely that there’s extensive damage to the coils. In that case, you’re looking at replacing the entire coil. Because that can be an expensive repair, your technician might recommend replacing the entire unit, especially if it’s on the older side.

Don’t wait until your home AC is not cooling: cleaning prevents coil corrosion

Coil corrosion is NOT an inevitable problem that happens as systems get older. It can be prevented entirely with an annual system inspection, maintenance, and coil cleaning. Periodic cleaning removes the grime and contaminants coating the outside of your AC unit’s coils that can cause corrosion, refrigerant leaks, and loss of cooling power. 

IMPORTANT: This is not a DIY task that you should attempt yourself, because you can very easily damage the sensitive coil fins if you’re not an expert. A trained HVAC technician will clean your AC coils using approved cleaning agents, tools, and techniques. 

If you haven’t had your air conditioning system inspected and tuned up in a while, we highly recommend doing it this spring to prevent problems with corroded coils, as well as a whole host of other problems. You’ll have no more worries about your AC not cooling the house. 

The time is now: call Bruni & Campisi for an AC tune up.

Bruni & Campisi makes it easy with our Gold Membership Plan that includes annual AC maintenance along with coil cleaning. With our 24/7 service, we’ll get it done at your convenience and you’ll be ready for the first hot day with AC that works great!

Learn more about our membership plans and schedule your maintenance appointment now!

Bruni & Campisi provides 24/7 emergency service, installation, and maintenance for plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and generators in Westchester, Fairfield, and Putnam Counties. We also offer energy audits, sewer cleaning, and chimney cleaning. With our 40+ years of experience and training, you get the quality service you need.

Spring Tune Ups

AC Maintenance: Spring Tune Ups Prevent Summer Breakdowns

Spring is upon us, and that means it’s time to schedule your AC maintenance before you need to turn on your air conditioner. 

Keep reading to find out why it’s so important to get your system cleaned, inspected, and tuned up every year. And why spring is the ideal time to do it. Plus, learn about our membership plans that make AC maintenance super easy and affordable.


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