There’s an old saying about March: “In like a lamb, out like a lion.” (And sometimes the reverse!) The earliest reference to this is from a 1732 volume of “wise sayings,” which means the phrase has been around far longer than that. It’s a cute way to say that March offers some of the most unpredictable weather of the year, sometimes acting like December, and at other times acting like July.
However, here in the deserts of Southern California, our unpredictability is a bit more… predictable. Winters are mild (it was wonderful that we got some much-needed rain this year) and warmer weather arrives early. March is the best time to start getting your home ready to face the extreme heat of the middle of the year, because that extreme heat can come roaring in at any moment.… Read more
We’re deep into spring, and the official start of summer is only three weeks away. If you haven’t already arranged for your spring air conditioning maintenance with our HVAC professionals, you might think that it’s too late. Maybe you can skip this year and have maintenance done next spring? What’s the worst that can happen?
Here’s the Worst That Can Happen…
Your air conditioner will break down on the hottest day of the year. That’s not something you want to happen, especially when you consider what hot is down in the deserts of Southern California. Although you can always reach our technicians for repair service—we’re here 24 hours a day to help—this is a situation you want to avoid if at all possible.… Read more
The early fall is still a hot time of the year in Southern California, and although we’ll have short cool spells, we will also experience periods of extreme heat. This is why you have to be vigilant about your air conditioning system at this time of year. With all the work the AC has already done over a hot summer, the stress on it places it in danger of a possible breakdown when further heat waves strike. Ensuring your air conditioner can still take on this late-year heat is important.
What You Can Do to Help
First, give your air conditioning as much of a break as possible during cool stretches. It’s common for people to keep their air conditioner running when they come out of summer, even during mild warm days.… Read more
“Late summer” is a relative term in Palm Springs. It’s hot during most the year, and when the rest of the country is experiencing deep cold temperatures, we’ll be enjoying warm vacation weather. However, summer remains the hottest part of the year, and as the end of the season approaches, air conditioning systems can often give into the massive amount of stress they’ve been under through the scorching weather.
Take some time this week to pay attention to the way your air conditioner is operating. There might be a few things amiss that point toward the need for late-season repairs. We’ve listed some things to watch for below.
Clicking sounds from the cabinet at start-up
When the compressor kicks in to begin the cooling cycle, do you hear a clicking noise?… Read more
Now that it’s spring, you should definitely schedule regular maintenance for your air conditioner sooner rather than later. Southern California warms up fast in spring, and true summer temperatures will start to strike long before the actual summer arrives. A maintenance inspection and tune-up will give your air conditioning system the best fighting chance against the harsh heat of the middle of the year: the AC will have less chance of breaking down, suffering from performance-impairing malfunctions, or wasting energy.
What happens during maintenance?
Understanding what AC maintenance technicians do when they go to homes to inspect and tune-up a cooling system will help you understand why this job is so important. Here are some of the steps technicians go through:
Now is one of the best times to consider replacing your old AC and installing a new system. Hotter weather is already arriving, and we can expect to experience another scorching summer, when it’ll be necessary to have air conditioners in our homes that are capable of handling 100°F+ temperatures on a regular basis.
But putting in a new air conditioner is also about having a system that will save money while working with greater reliability. One of the key components of the an effective and efficient air conditioner is a part called the thermal expansion valve (or TXV). We’re going to take a look at what this component does and how it significantly improves efficiency and performance in a cooling system.… Read more
Every year, air conditioning technology advances farther. New ACs in general use less power than older ones, thanks in part to the development of thinner aluminum refrigerant coils that helps them absorb heat faster and more effectively before. The SEER rating of air conditioners (a measure of how much cooling a system produces compared to the electricity it draws) is risen significantly, and you should aim to find a system with a SEER rating of 14.5… Read more
August is almost out the door, and we’re heading into September. But even though the summer season is in the rearview mirror, that doesn’t mean that your air conditioning system is going to receive much of a break. The hot weather is going to continue through much of the fall, and you risk an overstrained AC that could run into repair problems, inefficiency, even a complete breakdown.
If you scheduled a routine maintenance visit in the spring for the AC, the unit should be in good shape even with all the summer work. This reliability is one of the main reasons to have maintenance annually. There are still some concerns to watch for and steps you should take to see that the air conditioner remains in top shape.… Read more
Refrigerant is a chemical blend that cycles through an air conditioner, changing from a liquid to a gas and back again as it releases and absorbs heat. Through this process, heat exchange, the refrigerant removes heat from inside a house, cooling down the space, and releases the heat to the outdoors. Although the refrigerant goes through repeated cycles of evaporation (when it absorbs heat) and condensation (when it releases heat), it does not dissipate: it remains at a set level, known as its charge. Every air conditioner has a set charge level to provide the right balance for heat exchange.
What happens if your air conditioner has a low refrigerant charge? This will cause serious problems with the AC’s operation and will eventually lead to a complete loss of cooling ability.… Read more
We’re in the middle of the time of the year when homeowners are often looking into replacing their air conditioning systems. Having a new air conditioning installation in Palm Desert, CA before the big heat of summer strikes is a good idea. If you have any suspicions that your current AC won’t make it through the coming season, make an appointment with our team to look over the air conditioner and offer you recommendations about whether to replace it or not… and what kind of system to replace it with.
The Question of Efficiency
When looking into the installation of a new air conditioning system, one of the key things to investigate is energy efficiency. Newer air conditioners have higher energy-efficiency ratings than ever before, and requirements of the U.S.… Read more
Living in Southern California makes air conditioners a part of daily life during the summers—as well as other parts of the year. But how much do you really know about the AC system that keeps your home cool? Below are five facts about air conditioning systems that we wish everybody knew, since they make it easier to understand when an air conditioner needs repairs or a full replacement.
ONE: ACs don’t “create” cooling
This is a basic fact about how any refrigeration system works that few people know. This is because they immediately think of cooling systems as being the opposite of something like, say, a stove or furnace, where heat is created. But cooling is the absence of heat. What an air conditioner does is remove the heat from the air inside a house, making it cooler.… Read more
Most air conditioning units, especially those used in homes, are comprised of two separate units. One unit is installed inside the house, where it is hooked up to the ductwork and power source. The other unit is installed outside the house, and is connected to the inside unit by a conduit that includes a refrigerant and power line. Air conditioners are constructed this way to both save space inside the house and facilitate the air conditioner’s operation. However, commercial buildings have another option available: packaged air conditioners. Let’s take a look at what packaged air conditioners are, and why you may want to install one for your business.
Anatomy of a Packaged Air Conditioner
Unlike a normal air conditioner, a packaged air conditioner does not have two separate units.… Read more
Okay, we gave away a lot of the content of this post in the title. You see, we can’t give you any tips on how to handle putting in a ductless air conditioning and heating system yourself because this job must be left to air conditioning professionals.
But aren’t ductless mini splits easier to install than standard ACs and heat pumps?
Yes, they are. Ductless mini splits do not require the installation of a large indoor unit in a house that must be hooked into the electrical system and then connected to the ductwork. Instead, it requires mounting a series of smaller air handlers (the “mini” part of the name) on the walls of different parts of the house. This requires less work than putting in a conventional central air conditioning, and in general it’s a faster installation job.… Read more
Summer is here, and your air conditioner is most likely running full-time for the season. Believe it or not, there are ways to keep your air conditioning costs down, even when we experience a long stretch of very warm weather. Helping to cut costs doesn’t just help your wallet; it also helps your air conditioning in Redlands by lessening the strain on your system.
Here are some tips from Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning that can help you cut costs this summer, even during a heat wave:
Use ceiling fans – ceiling fans help circulate the cool air throughout your home, increasing air flow and comfort.
Turn your thermostat up when not at home – if there are periods of time during the day when you aren’t going to be home, turn your thermostat up a few degrees to help with energy efficiency.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it measures the efficiency of your air conditioning system. The higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner. Systems made since 2006 need to have a SEER rating of at least 13, but some units can go as high as 24. This can have a profound effect not only on your monthly energy bills, but on the proper size of your air conditioner. Services that offer air conditioning installation in Beaumont, CA can explain the specifics based on your particular household.
Here’s Some General Information about How SEER Ratings Affect Air Conditioning Size
By “size,” we mean the power output of the air conditioner, which needs to be carefully balanced against the specifics of your home.… Read more
Have you ever noticed how pets always know the good spots in the house, depending on the time of day? We have all encountered hot and cold spots throughout our homes, but what if you could eliminate these uneven spots of cooling, and be able to achieve the comfort you want throughout your home? This is what a zone control system can do for your air conditioning.
How Does a Zone Control System Work?
With a zone control system, mechanized dampers are installed into supply vents, and each damper is electronically connected to its own thermostat, which can be controlled and programmed. You establish the zones you need, and each zone is given its own thermostat. Zones can be individual rooms, floors, hallways of your home – however you want to set it up.… Read more
When your aging air conditioner dies on you during the summer, it’s a serious situation. You will need to schedule an emergency replacement for it right away if it is clear that it will not be able to operate again. Make sure that you hire only the best technicians you can find for the job of installing your new air conditioning system… people who can work fast but also deliver a professional and thorough job so that you won’t have to spend long in the heat.
We are officially in summer, with temperatures hovering close to 100 degrees just about every day – not the time of year when you want to be without air conditioning. Is it time to replace an outdated system or purchase new for the first time? Whatever your reason for needing air conditioning installation service in Redlands, Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help from beginning to end.
Many factors go into the purchase of a new air conditioning system, starting with the different types of ACs currently on the market. It’s good to understand the different air conditioning products available because technology over the last decade has provided many more options for homeowners than before.
Lots of Air Conditioning Options
Challenging indoor architecture, no ductwork and lack of energy efficiency are all things of the past when it comes to today’s air conditioners.… Read more
Labor Day is over, and that means that it’s the unofficial start of the fall. But early fall doesn’t mean much of a change in the temperature here in the desert areas of Southern California. In fact, September is often the hottest month of the year for us. We won’t really need to start thinking about our home’s heating systems until late October.
If you told people in most other parts of the U.S. that they should start thinking about taking care of their air conditioning systems during February, they might laugh at you. They might even think you’d gone a bit nuts. But here in the deserts of Southern California, the temperatures are in the 80s during February, and allergy season is already getting underway. That means it’s time to plan for the big heat of the coming spring and summer with AC maintenance.
No, you don’t need to go grab a toolbox and find your best set of wrenches. Maintenance is something that requires trained and licensed HVAC professionals with the best tools and know-how. There’s only one maintenance task you can do on your own, and that’s to change out the air filter for the HVAC system.… Read more
Summer is fast approaching, and people are scrambling to get their air conditioning systems ready for the hot season. If you haven’t already gotten your annual air conditioner checkup yet, it would probably be a good idea to schedule it in the next month or so. Even with proper maintenance, though, there’s always a chance of some random issue cropping up and causing problems for your system. When that happens, it pays to be able to recognize and address those problems as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at 3 common air conditioning issues that you need to watch out for.
Frozen Evaporator Coil
The evaporator coil is the part that is actually responsible for cooling the air in your home.… Read more
Southern California enjoys warm temperatures for much of the year, but the brunt of the hot weather falls during the summer—and it can get extremely hot during that time, making it imperative to schedule any repairs your home’s AC may need as soon as possible.
But what about at the close of the summer? If your air conditioning system is starting to suffer from a few quirks, such as odd clicking noises or a slight drop in cooling capacity, should you bother to call for repairs? After all, you won’t be using it that much, and maybe you can have the minor repairs done during the spring when maintenance time comes around, and—
We’re going to stop you right now. There isn’t really such a thing as a “minor” repair; at least, there isn’t any repair issue in an air conditioner that you can simply leave off until a later time.… Read more
If you told someone who lived in the northern part of the country to consider having a maintenance inspection and tune-up for their air conditioner during the second half of February, they would probably laugh at you. But we live in a desert community in Southern California, and the hot weather not only starts early, it is very unpredictable. Although the weather predictions still have some days in 50s marked out for us, it also has days that will climbs into the 90s.
In other words… it’s time to start thinking about your annual maintenance visit for your residential air conditioning system.
Why arranging for maintenance now is a smart idea
The conventional wisdom and standard practice when it comes to AC maintenance is to have it done during the spring.… Read more
As spring moves toward the even greater heat of summer, it’s important to remember to schedule your annual air conditioning maintenance as soon as possible. The longer you wait to have this vital service done, the more crowded HVAC contractors’ schedules will get and the more benefits you’ll pass up. You want your air conditioning system in the best shape before the harshest weather of the year arrives.
Why can’t you do this job on your own?
You might think that you can handle the maintenance for your air conditioner as a DIY project. But unless you’re a licensed HVAC professional with experience handling refrigeration equipment (an AC is a refrigeration device) you can’t hope to provide the work that maintenance requires.… Read more
This is something we emphasize over and over: you should never attempt to make repairs to your home’s air conditioning system on your own. (Nor should you entrust the work to amateurs, although that’s a topic for another post.) Trust us, we understand the urge to go “do-it-yourself” and find a way to save money. But this isn’t an area where DIY is beneficial. Most of the time, it creates far worse problems.
Below are some of the troubles, large and small, that can occur should you decide to tackle that malfunctioning central air conditioning on your own:
You might injure yourself
This issue isn’t as major as it is with a gas-powered system like a furnace. But the threat still exists.… Read more
Low air flow in your air conditioner can be just as problematic as a lack of cool air. Your AC unit relies on a fan to blow cool air through the ducts of your home. When that process is obstructed, the cool air can’t get to your home as quickly and the air conditioner must work harder to do its job. That results in the unnecessary expenditure of energy, as well as increased wear and tear on the system as a whole. Here in Highland, CA, air conditioning repair services can hunt down the causes of low air flow in your air conditioner and repair them before they cause too much damage.
The most common causes are usually based around the fan itself or the fan motor.… Read more
The large, outdoor condenser unit of your air conditioner contains some of the most important components of the system. Home to the condenser coil, outdoor fan, and the compressor, this unit does more than make a humming noise every time your switch on your AC. The outdoor unit releases heat from your home so that you always feel cool air from the vents. This short guide describes how the condenser unit works and some common problems homeowners have with their outdoor units.
The indoor portion of your AC is responsible for pulling heat from your home and distributing cool air. As refrigerant moves to the outside portion of your air conditioner, it makes its way through the condenser coil, changing into a high-pressure liquid and releasing heat.… Read more
Air conditioning systems are complex refrigeration devices, and the majority of people only know a few of the basics about how they operate. They often know that something called refrigerant is an essential part of how the AC cools down a home. However, there is a common misunderstanding about refrigerant, which is that the air conditioning depletes it as it works to cool down a house. Thus, the above question.
But refrigerant does not work the fuel you put into your car. Fuel is the power source for a combustion engine. What’s the power source for an air conditioner? That’s right: electricity. Refrigerant is something entirely different from an energy source. Unless it experiences leaking along the refrigerant lines, an AC will not run out of refrigerant during its service lifeWhy you won’t run out of refrigerant
Refrigerant doesn’t supply energy to the air conditioner.… Read more
One of the well-documented problems with air conditioning systems is their effect on the atmosphere, and specifically on the ozone layer. In response to this problem, not only have new refrigerant types been developed, but laws have been put in place that phase out the main culprit of these problems: R-22 refrigerant, also known as Freon. Starting in the 1990s, production and use of Freon started to phase out, and as of January 1, 2020, the phase out will be complete. What does this mean for your air conditioner? Our Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning technicians have put together some information below.
What Are the Problems with R-22?
R-22 doesn’t just deplete the ozone: it emits greenhouse gases that contribute heavily to global warming.… Read more
Leaking is something you might expect from a damaged water heater or corroded piping. But an AC that leaks water? Is that something that happens?
Yes, it is. As your air conditioner works to cool down the air in your house, it absorbs water moisture out of the air. The collected moisture drips from the evaporator coil and down into a shallow condensate pan. A pump then removes this water down the drain line and out of the house.
But problems with the pan, drain line, and pump can lead to water leaking out of the air conditioning system… and that’s not something you want to happen.
How Do These Leaks Start?
The most common cause for a leaking air conditioner is a clogged drain.… Read more
It may be surprising to you to learn that the air inside your home is perhaps more polluted than the air outside. But the fact is, we keep our homes sealed very tightly as we’re running our AC and heating systems, which only traps in contaminants and allows particles to continue to circulate in the air.
Your respiratory health is at risk as you breathe in some of the most common contaminants found in homes in Yucaipa, such as bacteria, dander, pollen, and dust. You may have already noticed the effects of this if you have family members with asthma or allergies. Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning wants to help, which is why we’ve listed a few quick indoor air quality tips.… Read more
Yucaipa is a desert community, which means Yucaipa air conditioning maintenance is as important as car repairs or plumbing repairs. A smooth-running air conditioner maintains your home’s comfort levels, even when the temperatures climb into the triple digits. And the more efficient your air conditioner is, the less you’ll have to pay for that comfort with your monthly energy bills. A routine maintenance session can fix small elements like loose bolts, seal any leaks and recharge you refrigerant levels to optimum status. That can help keep small problems from becoming big ones. More importantly, it can keep your unit functioning at its peak. Here’s how routine air conditioning maintenance in Yucaipa improves energy efficiency.
In the first place, sealing leaks and tightening loose bolts and fittings reduces strain on the AC unit’s various components.… Read more
Before we attempt to answer this question, we’d like to know the reason you’re asking it in the first place. Are you curious about how professional HVAC technicians do the job of putting more chemical refrigerant into an air conditioner? Or are you wondering how to do it because you think you might as well know how since you’ll have to do it on occasion?
If it’s the second reason, then we need to have a discussion about refrigerant and how it works in an AC. This is important because what refrigerant does and how it does it are critical for system operation.
Air conditioners do not (usually) need additional refrigerant
Why people wonder when an air conditioner needs to have more refrigerant put in, is because they’re thinking of refrigerant as a type of energy source, like gas in a car or batteries in a remote control.… Read more
Any quality HVAC company—one that cares about your family’s comfort—will recommend you have an annual maintenance inspection and tune-up for your cooling system. The same as with a vehicle, this regular maintenance is a way to prevent breakdowns and inefficient, costly performance.
There’s no season for vehicle maintenance, but when it comes to AC maintenance in Palm Desert, CA or the surrounding areas, the time usually recommended is spring. This is actually the recommended time across the country, from our roasting So. Cal. desert climate to the chills of a New England seaport. But when you consider how warm the weather here is for most of the year—including heat waves that can hit during the middle of winter—is there really any such thing as a “season” to arrange for AC maintenance?… Read more
If you’re thinking about putting in a new air conditioning system for your home when the weather starts to cool down (October is an excellent month for it), it’s a good idea to start planning now. One of the big questions you’ll need to answer is what type of AC system you want as a replacement. This isn’t as simple a to answer as it once was, since there are more types of air conditioners than ever, as well as different options. Below we’ve put a guide for some model and extras to consider.
A majority of homeowners look for a way to save money when making a major change in the home. Installing a new central air conditioning system is one of the more costly projects you can take on, so you may be concerned about finding a system at a low initial cost. But what may be more important is finding out whether your unit will save you money over time. While some low-cost systems can be quite efficient, it’s vital to check on a couple of different factors to see if the lower price of your unit is worth the monthly bills that go along with it. Check out our quick guide to locating high efficiency AC systems in Yucaipa.
First, you should pay attention to the SEER.… Read more
Making sure your work environment is comfortable is critical to your business. But when you are in your business space, you are busy working, and it may not be so easy to determine when something is going wrong with your HVAC system. To help you get ahead of problems and know when to call for commercial HVAC repair in Yucaipa, the technicians here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning have put together a short list to help you see the signs of impending problems:
Your business space may be large, but you’ll still hear strange sounds if they occur. Things like banging, buzzing, popping and screeching are not normal sounds and often indicate that a problem has developed with your system.… Read more
We’re glad to know that you want to look out for the operation of your air conditioning system over the summer. The most important step is to always see that you have spring maintenance scheduled for it. You should also change the air filters regularly (we have a post that goes into this in more detail). However, taking care of the refrigerant (a.k.a. “Freon”) inside the air conditioner is not a job you need to take on, and for two very good reasons.
ONE: Your air conditioner doesn’t “use up” refrigerant
The first reason that you won’t need to refill an AC’s refrigerant is because under normal circumstances the refrigerant level will remain the same.
People often make the mistake of thinking that refrigerant is a type of energy source for the air conditioner, its “fuel,” and the AC can run out of it over time.… Read more
We’re in for an extremely hot summer here in Southern California, and in our desert towns the heat can be especially intense. Even the best air conditioning system may find the strain of weather that regularly rises above 100°F too much to take and suffer a breakdown. Maintenance during spring is the best way to prevent unpleasant surprises from happening in your house, but malfunctions may still happen. As soon as your air conditioning stops working, call our technicians for repairs. (They’re here for you 24 hours a day!) In the meantime, here are temporary ways to stay cool until we get your AC fixed:
Whip up a quick evaporative cooling system: Take ice cubes from your freezer (you should always have plenty ready during the summer) and put them in a bowl.
When you’re in need of a new air conditioner for your home, it’s important to remember that not all systems are the same. You need the air conditioner that is the proper size for your home, and you also probably want a model that fits into your budget. However, what’s even more important is finding an air conditioning system with a high efficiency rating, so that you can save money over time.
If you do not purchase a high efficiency AC system for installation, then you may save some money initially. However, over a length of time, the amount you spend in cooling costs each month can really add up. High efficiency air conditioning systems, on the other hand, can actually help you to cut back on spending, as the monthly savings may offset the cost as time goes on.… Read more