From our emergency AC repair service to our free in-home estimates on new systems, Allbritten is here for your Fresno and Central Valley cooling needs. Our friendly technicians are known for their superior service, from their incredible level of expertise to the blue protective booties they wear over their shoes while in your home. Simply put: you’ll love the experience of working with Allbritten.

Here are 4 reasons you should upgrade to a smart thermostat

Are you on the hunt for ways to make your home more energy efficient this summer? One of the best places to start is with our 26-point home energy audit. A common post-audit recommendation our team often has for the homeowners we work with is to look into installing a smart thermostat. While not as impactful as upgrading an older air conditioner or having our team add insulation, these new thermostats can help Fresno homeowners save money and boost their indoor comfort.

In this article, we’ll review what smart thermostats are, the benefits of switching, and why you should contact Allbritten for professional thermostat installation here in Fresno.

Have Allbritten install a new smart thermostat like this model in your home.

Smart thermostats allow you to have greater control over your comfort, while helping to save you money every month.

What are smart thermostats?

Smart thermostats do more than just manually control the temperature of your home. At a baseline, all of the devices of this type on the market allow homeowners to schedule the comfort level of their home ahead of time, accounting for when they’re regularly away (such as an 8-hour workday) or on vacation. However, many have even more advanced features, which we’ll get into in the sections below.

With an older, manual-entry thermostat, you’d have to remember to turn the air conditioning off when you left the house and back on when you arrived back home. As it turns out, people with busy lives are not very good at remembering to do minor, repetitive tasks. A lot of household energy waste occurs when a homeowner with a standard thermostat forgets to raise the temperature setting when leaving the house. The AC unit works hard to cool an empty home, resulting in both wasted electricity and more overall wear-and-tear on the unit.

A smart thermostat removes this responsibility from your brain and automates it. Over time, this will save you money.

Why upgrade to a smart thermostat?

There are many reasons to upgrade to a smart thermostat. Here are just a few of the primary benefits of doing so:

Energy savings

A smart thermostat can save you hundreds on your cooling and heating bills over the lifespan of the thermostat. That may not seem like a lot of money, but considering the relatively low installation price (more on this below) and the added convenience and comfort factors, it means that this investment will eventually pay for itself through your reduced energy bills. If you want to cut your summer electric bills here in Fresno, we recommend taking a look into what smart thermostats can do for your home.

The very best smart thermostats have learning technology that allows them to analyze your energy use and then find ways to make your home’s cooling and heating even more efficient.

Convenience

Many smart thermostats are internet-connected devices with corresponding apps and software. This means that you can control the temperature of your home from anywhere. Forget to turn off the AC while you’re away on vacation this summer? You can adjust the temperature setting from your smartphone. Many of these thermostats can be linked to voice-activated devices, which means you can adjust your thermostat while cooking dinner or spending time with your family in another room.

Comfort

This type of thermostat can be set to cool down your home 30 minutes before you arrive, ensuring that you don’t open your front door to a blast furnace of hot, stuffy air. You can customize your thermostat’s schedule to your exact comfort needs. Like to sleep in the cold? Set your thermostat to start cooling down your home a bit more at 9 p.m., but then turn off at midnight once you’re asleep. The potential to build your thermostat’s schedule around your life is endless.

Cost

A smart thermostat is actually one of the less expensive energy-efficiency upgrades you can make in your home. For example, if Pacific Gas & Electric is your utility company here in Fresno, you should check out their smart thermostat rebate program. By joining their energy incentive program, they will give you up to $100 back on your purchase. Considering that many of these thermostats retail at $150-$300, this rebate could cover a significant portion of the purchase.

Call Allbritten for professional installation

Not all thermostats—smart or standard—are compatible with all HVAC systems or pre-existing thermostat wiring. The team at Allbritten can provide you with more information about what thermostats will work in your home. We provide professional installation if you’d like us to expertly install your new thermostat for you and ensure that it’s working in sync with your air conditioner and furnace.

To schedule service here in Fresno and the Central Valley, contact us today!

A home maintenance budget and plan can help protect your cooling and heating systems

Why our Guardian Maintenance Club works for you

If you’re like most homeowners, it’s probably been a while since you’ve had your air conditioner, furnace, or air filters checked. With a busy schedule and fast-paced life, you sometimes don’t have time to remember to check up on the little things. And with Allbritten’s Guardian Maintenance Club, that’s OK! As a club member, you can rest easy knowing that our team is keeping track of your home maintenance calendar for you.

Our Guardian Maintenance Club works for so many homeowners here in Fresno!Joining an HVAC maintenance club is a smart move any homeowner should make—you receive scheduled maintenance, save money on your energy bills, and have a go-to team to call for any emergencies or problems! Read on to learn about our club’s perks, our excellent service, and why being a Guardian Maintenance Club member just makes sense.

Top 5 perks of joining our service club

Thinking about joining the Guardian Maintenance Club? Here are some reasons you should:

  1. WE call you to schedule service: Your life is already so busy—how can you remember to check in on your AC unit? As a Club member, you won’t need to keep track of calendar dates or remember to call us and book your tune-up. Our team will call you to schedule an appointment when it’s time for your seasonal maintenance.
  2. You receive priority service and discounts: If we have a long list of customers to serve, and you call for emergency service, we move you straight to the top of our list! You’ll be our first priority, no matter what. Whether you need HVAC repairs or an unrelated service such as plumbing work, Guardian members receive a discount off Allbritten repair services. That discount can really add up over the years.
  3. We work on both AC and heating systems: This club is not limited to a certain season, time of year, or make or model. We work with both cooling and heating systems. Other competitors have limited club options or service-club upgrades you can pay for, but Allbritten’s Guardian Club is one-cost for all our work. We cover it all!
  4. You save money and prevent breakdowns: This may be one of the best perks of joining our club—you can prevent future breakdowns and save money along the way! Your home’s units will run more efficiently with maintenance from Allbritten. Our multi-point tune-up will ensure your system is ready for the season ahead. We know how to make the most of your AC system, so you can open your energy bill with a smile instead of a scowl.
  5. Rest easy knowing someone is taking care of you: You’ll be a better homeowner when you join our service club, because you’ll be putting your home maintenance high on your priority list! You won’t have to lift a finger or call anyone—we take care of you! Avoid the headache and cost of HVAC repair by joining Allbritten’s Guardian Maintenance Club.

Why professional work matters

You don’t want just anyone walking into your home and working with your complex, expensive HVAC units. You want a friendly, trustworthy technician with experience. Our Allbritten technicians are focused on providing superior service and bringing you the utmost comfort in your home. With a non-professional or less-experienced technician, you risk damage to your home, future breakdowns, and more money spent out-of-pocket.

Some homeowners prefer the DIY route when it comes to home maintenance. For some smaller home fixes, that’s great! Unclogging a drain or painting the office usually can be completed with ease. But, for those larger, more complex repairs—including those on your air conditioner, water heater, or thermostat—you’ll want to trust a professional instead of pulling out your own toolbox.

Join today!

Some misconceptions about a home maintenance club include expensive pricing, constant upgrades, or too many reminder calls or emails. With Allbritten, that simply isn’t true! Our affordable maintenance club was created with you in mind and doesn’t involve hidden fees or high costs. We will call only when service is needed, and we work around your schedule, staying flexible and friendly. Join our Guardian Maintenance Club and see better results within a few months.

There’s no better time than today to get started. Call Allbritten or click here to learn more about our services!

5 qualities to look for in a great air conditioning technician

As we roll into summer here in the Central Valley, it’s important to have an AC company you trust who you can call if you need AC repairs. At Allbritten, one of the things that sets us apart from other Fresno cooling service providers is our incredible team. Every air conditioning technician on our team is a friendly expert who is ready to help you with your cooling needs.

When you need a trustworthy air conditioning technician in Fresno, call Allbritten!In this article, we’ll review some of the qualities that set our technicians—and all great air conditioning techs—apart, and what you should look for in an air conditioning technician and the company they work for. Let’s dive in.

What are the qualities of a great air conditioning technician?

1. Trustworthiness

Reputation is everything in our industry. That’s why Allbritten strives to do right by you and your home on every job. We get it: you need an air conditioning team you can trust to do the job right, not give false promises or information, and to treat your home and property the way it should be treated.

Allbritten has served the people of Fresno since 1932. Yet, we’re not resting or relying on our decades of excellent service—we’re living it, every single day. To make sure that Allbritten continues to be the company that Fresno residents trust with their cooling, heating, and plumbing needs, we believe in hiring background-checked technicians who are true HVAC professionals.

There are several ways to check a company’s reputation:

  • Online reviews
  • Customer references
  • Opinions of friends and family members

Give us a call to learn more about our services here in Fresno and what makes our technicians special.

2. Friendliness and helpfulness

It’s one thing to know your stuff. It’s another thing entirely to be the type of professional who goes above-and-beyond to provide our customers with excellent service. That’s our technicians. Our friendly professionals will greet you at the door with a handshake and a smile. They’ll communicate with you throughout the air conditioning repair process, keeping you in the loop about what they’re doing. At any time, ask them questions: they’re happy to explain more or get you connected with the information you need.

3. Experience

Besides a nice personality, look for professional qualifications. The longer a company has been in business, the better the chances they do amazing work that clients love. Allbritten has been in business since 1932. Here are other essentials that make a great air conditioning technician that our techs have:

  • Appropriate certification
  • Work and liability insurance
  • Specific experience with air conditioning repairs

4. Punctuality

When technicians show up on time to their first appointment with you, it’s a good sign. Punctuality is important because it guarantees your repairs or the new unit installation will be finished on time. That way, you’re not left hanging in the middle of a heat wave. At Allbritten, we believe in punctuality and sticking to our word about when we’ll be there.

5. Flexibility

The best air conditioning technicians have the tools and experience to take care of problems right the first time. They’re also flexible, and often have the tools to perform repairs and maintenance on the spot, even if the problem is different from what they originally expected.

For great service from true professionals, call Allbritten here in Fresno

At Allbritten, what sets us apart from other companies here in Fresno is our awesome service. From the minute we arrive at your home until the point we finish the repair and say goodbye, our technicians are focused on providing superior, friendly service. Have us take care of your air conditioner this summer. For a great air conditioning technician here in Fresno and the Central Valley, call us.

Spring is the season to schedule your cooling system checkup

When it comes to your air conditioner, heat pump, or ductless system, maintenance is key to keeping it running right. That’s why we recommend that you schedule a cooling system checkup with the Allbritten team this spring. Our maintenance tune-up will help your system avoid breakdowns, boost your energy efficiency, and increase the overall longevity of your cooling system.

Schedule your cooling checkup with the team at Allbritten.

Schedule your cooling system checkup with the team at Allbritten.

Schedule your cooling checkup sooner than later. We recommend having one of our technicians out to look at your system before you turn it on for the first time this year. Here in Fresno, that point could be coming sooner than you think: spring can heat up fast!

Common concerns with home cooling systems

Your air conditioner works hard to keep the indoor environment comfortable when the heat begins to rise, which unfortunately means there’s always some potential for problems. A number of common threats can quickly derail your AC performance, including:

  • Problems with the compressor or fan controls
  • Leaking or depleted refrigerant
  • Thermostat panel or sensor failures

Each of these issues can certainly throw a wrench into your home’s cooling system, which is a situation you’d probably rather avoid, especially when summer is just around the corner. Proactive maintenance is the ticket to discovering these circumstances early on—ideally, before they have time to evolve into bigger and more expensive problems.

System tune-ups offer notable benefits

Having your system evaluated by a professional isn’t only about avoiding hefty repair bills. It’s also about promoting efficiency, prolonging the viable lifespan of your appliances, and making sure your home and family remain comfortable all throughout the year. A

Allbritten’s experienced technicians know just how to maximize your cooling system’s performance, which in turn minimizes what you’d otherwise pay on your monthly energy bills.

We guarantee your satisfaction with our cooling system checkup

At Allbritten, we’re confident in the work we do, because we’ve been doing it for a long time—since 1932, in fact! That’s why we provide a total satisfaction guarantee on every job.

Contact us today and learn how we can tune up your residential cooling system for season-long comfort you can count on. We proudly service every make and model, so get in touch and let us get your home ready for the summer heat.

How our Guardian Maintenance Club can save you money

Here at Allbritten, we care about our customers. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been in business serving Fresno and the Central Valley since 1932! We understand the your HVAC maintenance is probably one of the last things on your mind. That’s where our Guardian Maintenance Club comes in: with regularly scheduled tune-ups, homeowners have one less thing to think about.

Club members don’t just get the perks of regular tune-ups. They also get a number of added benefits as our way of thanking you for choosing Allbritten. Let’s dive into the reasons why you should join our Guardian Maintenance Club!

Why you should join our Guardian Maintenance Club

A technician explains more about how our Guardian Maintenance Club can save you money.

Members of our Guardian Maintenance Club not only save money from the regular tune-ups, but also receive a number of other perks.

#1. Prevent expensive breakdowns

When it comes to your HVAC system, it’s true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s because repairs and replacements are more expensive than regular maintenance. When you invest in scheduled maintenance, you ensure your HVAC system is in good shape for years to come.

Our team’s work can help catch small issues before they become significant problems and make performance tweaks when necessary. Allbritten will help save you from shelling out money for costly breakdowns.

#2. Reduce your energy bills

Even if you don’t notice any obvious physical signs of a failing HVAC system, there’s one red flag that will catch your eye: rising energy bills. Just because your HVAC system is working doesn’t mean it’s at its peak performance. By joining our Guardian Maintenance Club, you’ll have an HVAC system that runs efficiently and keeps your bills low every month.

#3. Extend the life of your system

The biggest HVAC expense is replacing your entire system. What if you could extend the life of your system for years? That’s what preventative maintenance can do. Regular checkups and tune-ups will extend the life of your HVAC system, reducing the chances you’ll need to invest in an entire installation soon.

Think of it like how an annual checkup with the doctor helps you live longer—except we make house calls for your heating and cooling system!

#4. Keep your warranty intact

If you submit a repair claim under the manufacturer’s warranty, you may be required to send proof of annual maintenance. Some HVAC manufacturers are very strict about this. Investing in our maintenance program will keep your HVAC components covered under warranty and save you money if something goes wrong. For a new system, you’ll have a complete paper trail proving that your system has seen regular checkups.

#5. Exclusive perks

When you’re a member of our club, you get access to special offers and exclusive discounts. For example, Club members get 15% off of Allbritten’s repair services. It’s just one way we like to say “thank you” for being an Allbritten customer.

Call us to learn more about how our Guardian Maintenance Club can save you money

Don’t wait another year to start saving money and preventing HVAC breakdowns. Call us to learn more about the Club and how you can join.

Here’s why we value our HVAC technicians and plumbers

Allbritten has served Fresno and the Central Valley since 1932. In all those years, we’ve learned how to put together a phenomenal team of people. To give our customers the best experience, we need to hire the best. That’s why Allbritten has friendly HVAC technicians and plumbers on our team, ready to help homeowners with their cooling, heating, and plumbing issues.

In this blog, we’ll review some of the reasons and ways we aim to hire the very best here in Fresno and the Central Valley. If you’re ready to work with a team of passionate professionals, it’s time to call Allbritten.

Training for business, teaching for life

We are dedicated to giving our staff the tools they need to succeed. That’s why we provide our HVAC technicians and plumbers with extensive training in their trades. We would never send a technician to your home who isn’t prepared to do the job properly. We think too highly of our customers, and we think too highly of Allbritten techs not to give our best.

Of course, our in-house training is just the tip of the iceberg. Our team also receives top-notch training from Carrier—we are, after all, a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer—and our home performance experts are BPI-certified.

Compensating fairly for quality work

Sure, we could undoubtedly find cheaper labor than the top-notch people we employ. However, we believe in the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Allbritten employees are paid fairly and given the opportunity to advance within the company. If investing in our team means providing our customers with the best possible services and products, it’s worth it. Judging by our customer reviews, we think it is.

Showing respect breeds respect

Albritten employees are renowned throughout the Central Valley for the courtesy they show our customers. When an Albritten technician enters your home, you will know that he or she understands what a great privilege the invitation represents. We demonstrate the meaning of respect to our employees every day.

Here’s a small gesture that goes a long way: before entering your home to work on your air conditioning or heating system, our technicians will put on protective blue booties over their shoes, so as to not dirty your floors. We believe in doing this because we, and our employees, respect your business and value your home.

Building pride in everything we do

We’ve always taken pride in what we do. For our team, home services isn’t just another job: it’s a career, and it’s a profession we’d be proud to pass down to our own children. We know our customers rely on us to understand our trade and to be professional at all times. That’s we let our employees know how much we value them, and we expect them to pass that value to our customers.

At Albritten, by putting our HVAC technicians and plumbers first, we make sure that our customers come first. Contact us today and let our team prove its level of commitment by doing what we do best—serving you.

Interested in working with the Allbritten team? Look at our current openings and apply online.

Here’s what you should know about ductless AC systems

Too many homeowners here in Fresno, think that their cooling and heating options are limited to a traditional air conditioner, with the usual ductwork. That’s just not true anymore: with a ductless AC system professionally installed by Allbritten, you can get great indoor comfort without the need for a major home renovation.

Pictured: A ductless AC system requires no existing ductwork, making it an ideal choice for homes without this network of ducts.

A ductless AC system requires no existing ductwork, making it an ideal choice for homes without this network of ducts.

Here’s the best part: Allbritten offers free in-home estimates on new systems here in Fresno. Call us to get started, or to run your questions past our team of friendly experts.

What is a ductless AC system?

A ductless heating and cooling system does not use ductwork to deliver hot or cold air into the home through vents in the floor or ceiling. Rather, a unit is installed in a room (typically, wall-mounted) and then connected to a compressor outside.

Here are just some of the reasons a ductless AC might be right for your home:

  • You have a historic home with no existing ductwork for a traditional air conditioning system.
  • You’re adding a room to your home and don’t want to run ductwork to it.
  • You want to turn a garage, sunroom, or workspace into a useable space in the summer.
  • You have multiple family members feuding over temperatures in the home.

If any of these are true, call Allbritten for a free in-home estimate.

Installation

In each room selected for ductless HVAC, a unit is installed on the wall, in the floor, or recessed in the ceiling. It is connected to an outdoor compressor through a small, unobtrusive hole.

Refrigerant is pumped from the compressor to that room. If a heat pump and an inverter are installed in the outdoor unit, then heat can be delivered to the room as well.

Energy-efficiency

Much of the energy lost by traditional HVAC systems is from poorly insulated ductwork and the compressor constantly turning on and off. In contrast, ductless systems slow down and speed up without ever fully stopping, and there’s no ducts for heated or cooled air to travel through on the way to the living spaces in your home.

Due to this efficient operation, homeowners can save anywhere from 25 to 50 percent in heating and cooling costs. Plus, the installation of the unit may qualify you for federal tax credits and local rebates. For more about this, contact us here at Allbritten.

Other considerations

Ductless systems will save you money in the long run. The units do require maintenance, typically removing the filters and cleaning them on a regular basis. However, that’s true for all AC systems: ideally, you should schedule an annual tune-up to keep the unit running right.

If properly maintained by certified HVAC technicians, your ductless system should last. That’s especially true for the Carrier systems we install here at Allbritten.

Your next steps

Once you’ve made the decision to go with ductless AC system, your next step is to get in touch with us here at Allbritten. We’re air conditioning installation experts here in Fresno and the Central Valley, and our team has the experience to match your home to the best system for you and your family.

To learn more about ductless AC units, or to get your free in-home estimate, call us today!

Common commercial AC problems and what to do about them

As a business owner, you already have enough on your plate, and you don’t need to add a malfunctioning air conditioner to the mix. However, such problems can arise. In this blog, we review 5 common commercial AC problems, the signs that you’re dealing with a problem, and what to do.

For expert commercial HVAC services here in Fresno and the Central Valley, contact the team at Allbritten today!

Here are 5 common commercial AC problems

#1. Poor air quality

Everything from a gas leak to a dirty air filter can compromise the quality of the air blowing out your vents. That poor air can irritate allergies and potentially make your employees and customers sick. That’s lost revenue and productivity for your business.

Make sure your air filters are either cleaned or exchanged frequently. Learn more about indoor air quality, and the services offered by Allbritten.

Pictured: If your building is facing commercial AC problems here in Fresno, it's time to call Allbritten!#2. Lack of maintenance

A commercial AC unit that seems to be working just fine might have minor issues that can slowly build up to major problems.

By scheduling a regular tune-up for your building’s AC systems, you can help ensure that your employees and customers stay comfortable throughout the hot Fresno summer.

#3. Inconsistent airflow

Maybe it’s burning hot in one area of your building and freezing cold in another. In such instances, it might be that your building’s ductwork has cracks or leaks in it. Have a professional from Allbritten come out and take a look to see what the issue might be and what you can do to resolve the issue.

#4. Refrigerant leaks

Refrigerant is supposed to be inside the coils of your air conditioner. If you see that refrigerant has started to leak, or if it’s not as cool as it usually is even though you’ve got the thermostat at the same setting, you might have a coolant leak.

Have the issue taken care of by a pro before it leads to more problems. Contact us immediately for emergency service here in Fresno.

#5. Malfunctioning thermostat

Rather than blaming your air conditioning unit, the issue could be with your thermostat. While you might adjust the temperature to a specific setting, a malfunctioning thermostat might not be able to properly regulate the temperature in your building. This means that it can give your AC unit bad instructions.

If you suspect that your thermostat isn’t working, have one of the experts of Allbritten come out and inspect it.

Call Allbritten for help with your commercial AC problems

No matter what commercial AC problems you’re facing, help is well within your reach. Contact the team here at Allbritten and allow us to lend a hand! Also, be sure to ask about our plumbing services.

Here are 5 ways to decrease cooling costs this summer

The heat of summer is finally upon us. If you haven’t already switched on your air conditioner, you will need to soon. Keeping your home cool and comfortable doesn’t have to cost a fortune in cooling costs.

In this blog, the Allbritten team lists some of the top ways to lower your home’s cooling costs when the weather is hot. For HVAC service here in Fresno, contact our team!

1. Clear away debris

Spring foliage sprouts up quickly. Coupled with leaves and tree limbs that may have fallen during the winter, this growth can hinder the operation of your HVAC unit. Debris in the unit can cause permanent damage or costly repairs, so its important to check the area around it before you flip the air on.

2. Change your filter

Mold and dust mites can flourish in your home during the winter months. A lot of these allergens are caught by the hardworking air filter. Save energy by changing air filters every 6090 days. Not only will a new filter give you cleaner air, it allows your air conditioner to work at peak performance.

3. Get an AC tuneup

Another way to increase home energy savings is to schedule AC maintenance. Allbritten has a quality team of well-trained technicians who will make sure your system is working as it should.

Our technicians will check for problems that might be causing your unit to not function properly. Some issues we look for including: leaking or low refrigerant, problems in the ductwork restricting airflow, and thermostats that are malfunctioning.

4. Join our club!

Take HVAC maintenance off your to-do list by joining our Guardian Maintenance Club to ensure home energy-efficiency. When you become a club member, we take control of routine maintenance and contact you when it is time for your system to be serviced.

In addition, Guardian Maintenance Club members qualify for discounts on future repairs. They also receive priority service if troubles arise.

5. Have us replace your old system

Air conditioners continue to improve in both quality and efficiency. If your HVAC unit is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider replacing it. While there is an expense involved in upgrading, newer systems are far more energy-efficient, which means they’ll help you reduce your cooling costs for many summers to come.

Call Allbritten for more tips for decreasing your summer cooling costs

Hot weather is a fundamental part of summer, but high cooling costs don’t have to be. Visit our website to learn more about Allbritten’s tune-up service. Let us help you lower your energy bills this summer!