5 Tips For Your AC Unit

5 Tips For Your AC Unit

5 Tips For Your AC Unit

AC Tip #1:

Clean and/or Replace Air Filter

Replacement of your air conditioner air filter (or cleaning the air filter filter) is one of the most important regular AC maintenance tasks. It should be done once per month during Arizona seasons (like summer and winter) and once during the fall and spring.

AC Tip #2:

Check Wiring and Components

Prior to working on your air conditioner, ALWAYS start by turning off the power to the AC unit. This can be done at the disconnect on your AC unit, or at the main breaker panel on your home.

AC Tip #3:

Examine Your Thermostat

Check your thermostat and make sure it’s working properly. Your thermostat keeps your home at the right temperature! If you have an older, or mechanical type thermostat, you may want to consider upgrading to a programmable model with higher energy-star ratings.

AC Tip #4:

Check Your Condenser AC Unit Fan

Start by turning the power off to your air conditioning unit. Check the fan mounted on the top of your condenser unit to make sure it’s working properly and efficiently.

AC Tip #5:

Clean Outside Of The AC Unit

With time you find; leaves, dirt, grass clippings building up on the outside of the air conditioner unit. Ultimately this decreases system capacity and reduces air flow.


How To Find A Water Leak Inside Of A Wall

How To Find A Water Leak Inside Of A Wall

Slow leak in the pipes, appliances and plumbing fixtures is one of the main causes of wasted water and high utility bills. Here are a few tips on how to find a water leak inside of a wall. Leaks inside of a wall, in particular, are something you should deal with as soon as possible. Since the leaks are usually silent, they are not undetected easily.

How To Find A Water Leak Inside Of A Wall

If you don’t have any idea about proper leak detection, you should ask a professional plumber to do it for you especially if it is an emergency. Undetected or ignored plumbing leaks can result in severe water damage in your home. There are some signs that can help you identify water leak.

Signs of a Water Leak Inside of a Wall

• Peeling wallpaper or paint on the walls
• Warped or stained wall
• Musty smell.
• Water-stained, buckled or cracked ceiling or floor
• Mildew or mold

Old, collected water has an odor and since it is inside of a wall, it doesn’t have a chance to dry. If the walls appear warped or stained for no obvious reason, there is a good chance that there’s leakage. Mold grows in damp, dark areas. If the pipes are leaking, mild can start to grow. If you notice mold in rare spots where water doesn’t usually accumulate, your pipes might be leaking.

In case there are no apparent signs of water leaks but you think you have one, you can use the water meter to check your suspicion. To find hidden plumbing leaks using your water meter, shut off every appliance in your house that uses water. This includes the washing machine, dishwasher, shower and more. Check the water meter and write down the number. It’s the amount of gallons used by your household.

Wait at least three hours and don’t use any water during this time. Now, check the meter again and if the number went up, there’s water leaking somewhere in your house. In case you did not find any leaks from the toilets, faucets or other appliances that use water, you most likely have a hidden leak.

You don’t exactly know where the leak is. There are various places where leaks can occur such as beneath the bathroom sinks or kitchen, toilets, in the water heater or in the bathroom. The best way to deal with a leak is to call a professional plumber. They specialize in water leak detection. If you suspect a leak in the wall or other places and you don’t have any idea about the job, all you need to do is to contact a local plumber.

They have the right tools, knowledge and skills for the job. If you experience water damage or flooding due to water leaks, they can fix your plumbing system and replace what needs to be replaced. You don’t have to worry about anything. Allow them to do their job and you can certainly free yourself from water leaks inside of a wall or anywhere in your house. Your plumbing system will be in top shape.

To schedule a plumber from Christian Brothers call now at 623-499-9794, click here if you'd like to read more about our provided leak detection services.


What Kept Houses Cool Before Air Conditioning?

What Kept Houses Cool Before Air Conditioning?

Many of us take air conditioning for granted. It’s easy to forget that before central air systems were commonplace throughout America, many people went their entire lives without enjoying the cool, refreshing indoor air provided by good air conditioning units.

Humans have been trying to keep cool for as long as we have recorded history. Even though air conditioning and central air are relatively new additions to the modern residential dwelling, we’ve been finding innovative and exciting ways to manage the temperature for hundreds of years.

Keep reading to see our favorite ways that generations before us kept cool without the benefits of AC:

Wraparound Porch
Stone Walls
Cross Ventilation
High Ceiling

Wraparound Porches

Most houses built after WWII tended to have large, covered front porches or wraparound porches attached to them. While these porches are used largely for decoration these days, decades ago they were critical for keeping cool and getting a good night’s sleep.

It wasn’t uncommon for individuals and even entire families to migrate out onto the porches at night to sleep and enjoy the (slightly) cooler evening air, rather than be trapped in a musty, humid house.

Higher Ceilings

Some modern homes have high ceilings which are purely for aesthetic purposes, but there’s a good reason that many “character” homes and apartment complexes have towering ceilings and windows: air circulation. We all know that hot air rises, so the higher the ceiling, the more top up the heat can go, keeping the floor a little cooler. Not just that, but taller ceilings allowed for taller windows; tall, narrow windows improve air flow and move more air through a room than the short, stout windows we see in most homes today.

Stone Walls

If you could afford it, building tall houses with thick walls made of stone and brick were commonplace to insulate homes and help keep them cool during the warm months. Many older homes have walls which are between 12-24 inches thick, and by building them with stone and bricks they were able to absorb heat during the day and release the heat at night once the evening set in. This also helps explain why some brick homes are so expensive to purchase: the added insulation (bricks) helps keep energy costs low.

Cross Ventilation

Cross-ventilation is the practice of placing inlets and outlets (usually strategically placed windows and doors) to optimize the flow of air through a building. For example, the famous “shotgun houses” in New Orleans weren't just built tall and narrow to avoid the high property taxes; the strategically-placed windows allowed for optimal airflow and helped homeowners beat the Southern heat.

Stay comfortable with the help of qualified professionals and call 623-499-9794 to reach Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in Glendale, AZ for fast, efficient solutions.


Put a stop to bullying with Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical.

Put a stop to bullying with Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical.

Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical believes it's important our communities understand how bullying affects all of us. Even though most of the consequences of fear and violence are associated with children, anyone can experience the negative impact of being bullied. Next,  Victims have been known to suffer from anxiety, depression, and loss of interest in their day to day activities. Afterward, victims have seen negative changes in their health. All things considered, let's all come together to put a stop to bullying!

put a stop to bullying

Bullying has to be something we all want to get rid of. During the month of October, we hope everyone who reads these words will join Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in the fight against bullying by participating in the following events.

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

  • Run, Walk, or Roll Against Bullying - October 6th
  • Freedom from Workplace Bullying - October 14th-20th
  • Freedom from Workplace Bullying hopes to get adults to get past the potential shame that keeps them silent and get help. Let's inspire witnesses to step forward and make the workplace safe from bullying for everyone.
  • Unity Day - October 10th
  • Stop Bullying Bystanders - October 14th-20th
  • Bystanders can play key roles in preventing and stopping bullying. This event is to remind witnesses not to ignore bullying or other signs of violence.
  • National Stop Bullying Day - October 12th. This event encourages everyone to spread the word about the dangers of bullying through #NationalStopBullyingDay. 

Above all, bullying can hurt people for their entire lives, even long after the victims have left their bullies. We need the generous spirit of people ready to support the cause and make a difference. For this reason, we're asking every parent, student, business, school and politician to decide what they can do to help. In addition, attend an event, educate your children, make sure local schools are doing the same, stand up for someone, report the bullying, or donate money or your time to an anti-bullying organization.

Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical hopes you join us to stop bullying. If you ever need a plumber within the Glendale, AZ area, be sure to call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical today at 623-499-9794. 


HVAC Mistakes made in the fall Here’s How to Avoid Them

HVAC Mistakes made in the fall, how to avoid them

Fall is a busy time for many homeowners, and as the season's change , it’s important to maintain your heating and cooling system . The upcoming list contains the top HVAC mistakes that are made, during this transition from warm to cooler weather. 

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Are you doing all that you can to keep your HVAC system running this fall season correctly? Keep reading to find out if you’re making these seven mistakes:

  1. HVAC Mistakes #1 Neglecting to Change Your Filter

It’s easy to forget to change your filter because they are unseen elements of your home’s HVAC system. However, just because they’re “out of sight” doesn’t mean that they should be “out of mind,” so take the time to change your vents and to begin checking your filters on a monthly basis.

  1. Changing Your Settings Every Day

It may make sense to change your temperature settings to accommodate the slightest change in temperature, but it’s better to maintain a small range of temperature shifts over an extended period, rather than to change them every day.

Daily changes put extra pressure on your system and make it harder for it to regulate the proper indoor temperature, so put on a sweater instead of changing the thermostat every day.

  1. Using Worn-Out Systems

Old HVAC units work less efficiently than newer models do. If you’ve been pushing an old unit to keep running instead of investing in a newer model, then you may be in for a surprise this season.

Instead of waiting until you need emergency services, ask a heating and cooling expert to help you choose a new unit and ensure that it is correctly installed before the season ends.

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  1. Neglecting Regular Maintenance

It’s important to invest in annual inspections of your HVAC system to keep your costs low and ensure that everything is working as it should.

Not only can regular maintenance help identify issues and compromises in your system, which may be costing you money, but maintenance can extend the lifetime of your system and help you stay comfortable..

  1. Never Touching Your Settings

While it’s not good practice to change your settings every day, it’s also important to be mindful of not neglecting your HVAC system’s settings entirely. We recommend that your system should sit at around 72 or 73 degrees Fahrenheit and that you change it slightly as the season's change to accommodate accordingly.

  1. Turning Off Your Heater

It may seem like turning off your heater will save you money, but since your system has to work overtime to get back up to their maximum output level, it can damage your system to turn it on and off, and then on again.

  1. Forgetting About Your Vents

Keeping your vents clean and in proper working order can go a long way towards keeping your air clean, and your system working efficiently.

When your vents are clogged your HVAC system has to work overtime to circulate air as efficiently as it once did, which means that you’ll find yourself paying extra to have dirty and unclean air inefficiently distributed throughout your home. Instead, take the time to invest in your vents and ensure that they are working properly this season.

Staying comfortable indoors is easy when you work with a team of qualified experts. Give Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in Glendale, AZ a call today at 623-499-9794 for assistance.


National Baby Safety Month

National Baby Safety Month

BabySafetyMonthAbout Baby Safety Month

Each September, the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) sponsors National Baby Safety Month. The focus of this year’s National Baby Safety Month will be educating parents on the importance of registering their baby products and paying attention to recall notices.

Most people pay little attention to the product registration cards they get with the things they purchase.

The majority of individuals only throw these registration cards away with a shrug of the shoulders. That is a dangerous attitude when it comes to baby products. If parents do not register the products they buy for their children, they may not hear about future recall notices until it is too late.

Some of these recall notices are issued because products are found to be dangerous or even deadly. To protect their children, parents need to take a few minutes to fill out and send in the product registration cards for all the baby items that come with them.

Three Hidden Dangers for Babies

As well as registering their baby products, parents also have a responsibility to baby-proof their homes. While most parents do this, they are not always aware of the hidden dangers that may lurk in their homes. Keep an eye out for these three hidden dangers for babies in the home.

1. The Crib

Parents tend to think of cribs as the safest place their babies can be, but they can, in fact, be deadly. To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), never put any pillows, blankets or soft toys in the crib with your baby. Also, parents need to make sure to put their babies to sleep on their backs.

2. The Diaper-Changing Table

baby safetyBabies can very quickly roll off the table if one is distracted while changing their diapers. For this reason, don’t ever leave your child unattended on the diaper-changing table for even a moment.

3. Tripping

If you trip while carrying your baby in your arms, the results could be tragic. Make sure that you remove rugs, stray cords and other tripping hazards from your home to prevent this disastrous situation from occurring.

Child Passenger Safety Week

Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children. To prevent these tragic deaths be informed about child passenger safety laws. September is also the time of year when Child Passenger Safety Week occurs. This year, Child Passenger Safety Week will be from September 18-24.

On September 24, law enforcement officers nationwide will be checking that parents are using the correct safety devices to transport their children on National Seat Check Saturday. Make sure that you always use car seats correctly for your kids to keep them safe.

If you ever need a plumber within the Glendale, AZ area, be sure to call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical today at 623-499-9794.


Family Fun Month

Family Fun Month

The warm, lazy days of summer offer many opportunities to enjoy time with the family. You don’t have to escape on a long, exotic vacation to have memorable times, enjoy the outdoors, have new experiences and have family fun.

You can plan a variety of activities that provide fun, chances to learn new things and a relaxing change from your routine. Take one month out of summer before September arrives to explore the entertainments that are available in your area.

Schedule Your Activities For the Summer Months

Don’t leave your summer plans to languish in confusion from a “what shall we do today?”. Do some research of attractions and activities that are available in your area.

Create a month-long calendar of scheduled events. Scheduling events will limit inter-family arguing and provide information to everyone about what to expect. Here are some activities that most families enjoy:

· Day at the Beach

· Hiking in a nearby state park

beach· Museum day

· Water park day

· Zoo day

· Bicycle riding

· Local festival

· Outdoor sports at the park

· Aquarium visit

· Historical sites and monuments

Make A Fun Month Calendar

Sit down with the family and create a summer fun calendar that schedules exciting events for each day of the week. In this way, you can ensure that each member of the family has a voice in choosing a favorite activity, and no one is left out of the process.

picnicDon’t forget to plan rest periods in-between home events so you can cool off and relax before the next stop. Make sure your air-conditioner is inspected and repaired to avoid inconvenient breakdowns during hot weather.

Organize Your Activities

Make a list of items you will need for the daily activity. You may want to plan a picnic lunch for a day at the beach or outdoor games. If you need specialized equipment, make sure you have it on hand in preparation for the activity.

Check your wardrobe for appropriate swimsuits, hiking shoes, hats, sunglasses, coolers for drinks and other necessary items. And don’t forget the sunscreen for family fun.

Make sure your home is fresh and comfortable to come back to, with a thorough HVAC inspection and cleaning to ensure your family is comfortable with their summer fun. Call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in Glendale, AZ at 623-499-9794.


5 Peace of Mind Home Tips Before Leaving for Vacation

5 Peace of Mind Home Tips Before Leaving for Vacation

Nobody wants to spend a holiday worried about things back home, and that’s why you should dedicate a little time before your vacation to preventative home maintenance.

vacationtimeThese tips will guide you through a few things you can do to ensure the safety and security of your home and possessions, but they’ll also help you conserve energy and save money while you're away.

So not only will you come home to a perfect house, but you'll also have more money saved away already for your next trip!

1. Shut off the Water

The nightmare: Coming home to a flooded house.

The Solution: Turn off the water. Go to the main water valve in your house and shut off the water supply.

This will mean there's no water flowing through the pipes, and no water to leak, drip, or damage your house in case of a pipe burst. To remove all the standing water from the pipes after you shut off the valve, run all the taps and flush the toilets.

2. Turn the Thermostat Up or Down

The nightmare: Coming home to a huge energy bill.

The Solution: Reset the thermostat to 55 F in winter or 85 F in summer. This will stop the heater from constantly running while also preventing the pipes from freezing, or stop the air conditioner from kicking on all the time and wasting money keeping an empty house comfortable. Have a programmable thermostat? Set it to return the house to a normal temperature a few hours before you're scheduled to return home.

3. Power Off and Unplug Appliances

The nightmare: Fires, power surges, and large energy bills.

The Solution: Turn off and unplug everything. Any appliance, charger, electronic device, or receiver that has even the tiniest light or display panel will suck energy when it’s plugged in, even if you turn it off. Unplug it all, including the refrigerator—just make sure it’s empty first and leave the doors ajar. Furthermore, unplugged electronics aren't at risk of damage from power surges, and aren't fire hazards.

4. Turn Down the Water Heater

The nightmare: Wasted energy and money.

The Solution: Turn your water heater to VAC for vacation mode, or if you don’t have that, turn it to the lowest setting or temperature. If it’s summertime and there’s no risk of a deep freeze, you can even shut off the circuit breaker controlling the water heater to turn it off completely.  

prepare-home-before-vacation5. Put the Lights on a Timer

The nightmare: Burglary or break-in.

The Solution: Automate the lights so they turn on and off at natural times for your household. This generally means no lights on in the middle of the day or night, and lights that come on and off in the evenings and nights the way they would if you were home.

You work hard so that you can enjoy holidays, vacations, and getaways with your friends and family, and there's no reason the security of your home should ruin those special times. And with the right steps to prepare your home, you can have peace of mind during your entire holiday.

To discuss seasonal or preventative plumbing maintenance and repairs for your house, or for more pre-vacation home maintenance tips, call 623-499-9794 today to speak with the experienced professionals at Christian Brothers Plumbing servicing the Glendale, AZ area.


Tips for UV Safety Awareness Month

Tips for UV Safety Awareness Month

July is Ultraviolet (UV) Rays Safety Awareness Month. Never expose your skin to unsolicited sunlight attention without sunscreen protection and uv safety. Make a pledge to yourself to protect your skin from UV damage.

applying-sunscreenProlonged UV Exposure

Every time you go outside during daylight hours, you are exposed to UV rays. A quick walk down the driveway to the mailbox probably won't do any short term damage. But prolonged exposure can have several consequences:

  • Sunburn: Red, peeling skin is uncomfortable and unattractive.
  • Skin damage: Sun exposure can learn to wrinkles, premature aging, and unwanted freckles.
  • Skin cancer: Sunburn and sun exposure have been linked to skin cancer.

How can I keep from getting burned?

Avoid direct sunlight to your skin by:

  1. Sunscreen. Experts recommend using at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30-50 and applying 15 minutes before going outdoors. Remember that sunscreen loses its effectiveness after 2 hours (Always read the direction). Make sure to bring sunscreen when you are planning a day outside.
  2. Protective Clothing. Wide-brimmed hats can protect the delicate skin on your face. Some clothing has built-in SPF protection. Don't forget SPF-rated sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  3. Shade. The best way to block the sun is to stay out of the sun during the hot times. Spend some time under a tree, canopy, or bring an umbrella.

What's the hottest time of day?

While the sun is highest in the sky at noon, the hottest time of the day is actually around 3:00 p.m. During summer, sunlight is most intense between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Remember that even on a cloudy day, UV rays can still cause skin damage and even sunburn. Sometimes the best way to protect yourself on a hot summer day is to relax with a cold drink inside your climate-controlled environment.

Make sure your home stays cool this summer. Call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical in the Glendale, AZ area at 623-499-9794. to schedule an AC tune-up today.


Let's Celebrate the 4th of July with Six Home Improvement Projects

Let's Celebrate the 4th of July with Six Home Improvement Projects

The Fourth of July is one of the biggest holidays of the summer, and many of us look forward to outdoor celebrations. Now is an excellent time to prepare your home and landscape for any family gatherings and backyard barbecues you might host. Here are some home improvement tasks to tackle right away.

Deck MaintenanceClean Your Deck

A decent deck looks nice and tends to last longer. Dirt and other debris acts as an abrasive and wears down deck materials. Besides, a dirty deck invites mildew growth, which can stain. Remember to use only the cleaners recommended by the manufacturer to avoid harming deck fibers or causing discoloration. If you use a power washer, use it on a low setting and move the spray in a continual motion to avoid gouging softer materials such as wood.

Weatherproof your Windows

Weatherproofing windows are important in summer. Windows can be a prime source of heat gained in the home through solar radiation and hot air infiltration. Here is what to do:

  • Check around the frame and sash for air leaks. Gaps may or may not be visible to the naked eye, and so you should run your hand over all sections to feel for drafts.
  • Caulk around the frame and apply weather-stripping to the movable parts of the window sash.
  • Use thermal window film or hang some sun-blocking window shades or curtains.
  • Check the windows from the outside to see if there are ways you can create shade by using awnings, arbors or similar architectural structures.

By reducing the heat gained through your windows, your home will feel cooler. You will experience greater energy savings all summer long.

Care for the Lawnlawn care

Summer lawn care is one of the biggest chores of the season. If you want your home to look its best for gatherings, you cannot ignore this task, however. Here are important tips:

  •  Do not mow grass too short. Scalping your lawn can lead to die-off as the grass will dry out faster. If you do not know the correct mowing height for your type of grass, check with your local extension office or lawn and garden store.
  •  Edge and Weed-eat for a better-looking lawn. Grass growing over walkways and patios looks unkempt and can cause mildew growth on pavers by prohibiting evaporation of moisture. Give your lawn a proper manicure in time for your Fourth of July festivities.
  • Make sure to water grass early in the mornings. This watering schedule benefits a garden in several ways. It allows water to sink to the lawn’s roots instead of evaporating in the hot sun. It prevents sun scorch, and it minimizes the risk of fungal diseases because the grass has plenty of time to dry out through the day.

Check the Outside Faucets

Make sure your outside faucets are ready to function when you need them for your lawn, garden or safety during outdoor barbecues. Look for leaks, corrosion, and test water flow. Don’t wait until the last minute to do this. By checking faucets now, you will have more time to schedule repairs before the holiday.

faucetClean or Install Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans, clean the blades and make sure they are in the summer position. Many ceiling fans have an option of reversing the blades in winter to push warm air downwards, and some people forget to switch the direction when summer comes around again.

If you do not have ceiling fans installed, now is an excellent time to do so. They create a pleasant breeze that makes you feel cooler by helping with sweat evaporation. Save energy because you might not have to run the air conditioner as much. Some homeowners even have ceiling fans installed on a covered deck or patio to bring relief on hot days.

Care for Your Air Conditioner

Even if you had a spring maintenance visit for your AC system, it is a good idea to keep up certain maintenance tasks all season long. Before the Fourth of July festivities, make sure you:

  • Change the air conditioner’s filter. Clean filters keep it running more smoothly and prevent extra repairs in the future. Your home will also feel cooler, and your energy bills will be lower if you don’t let your AC run with a clogged air filter.
  • Clear the area around your outdoor unit. Yard debris can enter the unit and cause problems when it builds up. Aim to keep a minimum of a three-foot area clean surrounding the outdoor section of your air conditioning system.

When you need help with your Glendale, AZ home’s cooling system or other HVAC tasks this summer, don’t try to handle it alone. We can help. Just give us Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical a call 623-499-9794 today!