You may have heard about something called ductless air conditioning before, a type of central air conditioning system that does not need a duct-based ventilation network to distribute air to the rooms in a house. Ductless ACs, also known as ductless mini splits, have been used in businesses such as restaurants and hotels for years. They are now popular in homes, particularly for new housing construction and historic buildings that lack the space for ventilation systems.
So how does central air conditioning work without ducts?
Think of a ductless AC as a cross between a window unit air conditioner and a conventional central air conditioner. Like a window unit, a ductless AC blows cooled air directly into a room from an individual unit that contains an evaporator coil and a fan.… Read more
One of the ways that malfunctioning mechanical systems give warnings to their owners that they are developing faults is through unusual noises. You know that when the engine of your car begins to make shrieking or grinding sounds that something major is wrong and the vehicle needs a visit to a mechanic. In the same way, your home’s air conditioning system can give you important omens of a coming breakdown through odd noises. One in particular to watch out for that is a bit less noticeable than some other warning sounds is hissing.
Why your air conditioner is hissing
Does that hissing sound resemble the noise of a high-pressure gas escaping from a pipe? That’s probably exactlywhat it is. An air conditioner hissing usually means that refrigerant in its gaseous state is leaking from the refrigerant lines somewhere in the system, or from loose connections to the compressor.… Read more
It’s simple to find an HVAC company in Redlands, CA when you need something like a fast air conditioning repair during the hot summer months, or maybe the occasional fix to the heating system you still have to rely on for short times.
However, there’s more an HVAC company can do for you around the year here in the Southern California deserts. A quality HVAC company, we should say—and it’s not as easy to find those. But since you’ve come to our website, you must know something about how to search for a skilled group of technicians to handle your home’s heating, cooling, and ventilation needs!
We have a long history serving the area: our grandfather started his own HVAC company back in 1936 in San Bernardino, and we’re proud of our long, family-ownership tradition.… Read more
Every air conditioning system uses refrigerant. Without it, the system can’t work. The refrigerant in your system switches back and forth between gaseous and liquid states as part of the normal heating and cooling process. If there is a loss of refrigerant in your system, typically due to a leak, it can cause a number of problems.
Your AC Is a Closed System
Your air conditioner is a closed system; as such, if you are losing refrigerant, this is a sign that an existing leak needs to be found before recharging the refrigerant. Why? Adding more refrigerant does not fix the leak, and you may very well find yourself needing to recharge your refrigerant again. Therefore, it’s best to have a Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning specialist repair the leak before adding more refrigerant to your system.… Read more
We live in a warm part of the country, which can be both a blessing and a curse. The winters here are very mild, but when summertime hits, watch out. Here in Beaumont, CA, air conditioning systems form the best defense against scorching temperatures, and when your air conditioner runs into problems, you need to get it fixed as quickly as possible. In particular, the compressor – which subjects refrigerant gas to heat and pressure as a key step in the refrigeration process – can create big problems when it runs into trouble. If you spot one of the common compressor problems in your air conditioner, you need to contact a service technician as quickly as possible.
Some types of compressor problems don’t actually originate in the compressor, but rather in the electrical system designed to bring power to it.… Read more
Temperatures here in the deserts and inland areas of Southern California are already rising above 100°F during the day—and it isn’t even officially summer yet! We hope you’ve already arranged for maintenance for your air conditioning system, but don’t panic if you haven’t: it’s not too late to contact our technicians to schedule this vital service.
But even the best maintenance job can’t stop all air conditioning problems, and the intense heat we experience puts immense strain on household cooling systems that can lead to malfunctions. During these first days of scorching hot weather, pay close attention to your AC system when it’s running. If you detect signs of anything that’s out of the ordinary, you’ll be able to arrange for air conditioning repair in Indio, CA or the surrounding areas in time to prevent more expensive repairs or even a complete system breakdown during one of those sizzling 100°+ days.… Read more
If your home’s air conditioner has already started to run for the season, but it seems like it isn’t doing the job it should, be thankful that you’ve discovered the problem now, as opposed to running into trouble during mid-summer. You will have time to call on AC repair specialists to have the problem fixed and see that the cooling system will make it through to fall without further serious malfunctions.
Heat pumps are great systems for a number of reasons, one of the main ones being that a heat pump offers your home both heating and cooling. But there can be some concern about a heat pump’s ability to heat your home when the air temperature goes below freezing. One of the best ways to allay your concerns and continue to use a heat pump is to consider the installation of a hybrid heating system. A hybrid heating system uses a heat pump as its main source of heat, but has a gas furnace back-up for the very cold nights. To understand why you may want to consider a hybrid heating system, let’s first look at how a heat pump works.… Read more
A cooling tower is a heat ejection device that cools water temperature and releases the removed heat straight up into the atmosphere. Some commercial cooling towers are simply immense, such as the 600-foot tall structures associated with nuclear power plants. However, you can also benefit from much smaller rooftop cooling towers, which are an extraordinarily helpful and often necessary way to remove the heat from industrial and manufacturing equipment, performing a job that a standard air conditioning system cannot.
Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning offers full services for commercial cooling towers in Yucaipa, CA. If you want to install cooling towers, we have the equipment and skill to do the job. If you need your current cooling tower repaired, give us a call.… Read more
The spring weather starts early in Southern California. In fact, it doesn’t really ever leave. We enjoy a perpetual spring and summer season here with occasional winter-like interruptions. You do have to be prepared for those interruptions with a quality heating system, but most of your attention to your home comfort needs will go toward the air conditioner.
Professional maintenance for air conditioning systems should be done in the spring, and the earlier the better. So the simple answer to the question, “Can I get my AC maintained in March?” is “yes.” The longer answer is, “Not only can you, but you should.” March is actually an ideal time to have this job done, and below are some of the reasons why.… Read more
Faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your home’s total air loss, plus serious problems with indoor air quality. However, sometimes the faults in the ductwork are too great and/or numerous to consider duct sealing or repair; in these cases, duct replacement may be necessary for your La Quinta home.
Signs You Need Replacement
Here are some signs that can indicate that it is best to replace your ductwork:
Ductwork should be designed so that there are as few turns in the system as possible; the route from your HVAC system should also be as straight as possible to allow for the highest capacity of air to blow. The ductwork should also be the correct size for your HVAC unit so that the air pressure inside allows for system balance.… Read more
Not only is it irritating when your furnace won’t stay lit, it also can leave you chilly. It can be tempting to inspect your furnace yourself and maybe even try to adjust a few things to see if you can get your furnace to ignite; unless you have expert knowledge, this isn’t a good idea. Why? There are a number of reasons why your furnace won’t stay lit and unless you know what you are doing, it’s best to leave that work to an expert. The trained technicians at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning can help with any heating problem you may have, so call us today!
Reasons for Non-Ignition
Here are some reasons why your furnace won’t stay lit:
Problems with Electronic Ignition
If your furnace has an electronic ignition system, it is one of two types: intermittent pilot or hot surface ignition (HSI).… Read more
When you need a new air conditioner, shopping around can be tough if you don’t know what to look for. How do you know which system will meet your cooling needs while saving you the most money? Of course, the best person to talk to about air conditioning replacement is a qualified technician with experience selecting and sizing an air conditioner to meet a customer’s needs. In the meantime, we’ve put together this list of some of the many choices for air conditioning replacement.
When you replace your air conditioning system, look for a system with a high SEER as well as the ENERGY STAR label. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a calculation of how much energy an air conditioner uses to cool a space.… Read more
The Southern California heat, especially in places like the Inland Empire and Desert Communities, never completely goes away during the year. Unlike other parts of the country, where air conditioning systems will shut off and go into “hibernation” for a few months, we have to have ACs that are always ready to work when the temperature abruptly spikes.
As the year moves into the fall with some relief from the heat up ahead, you have a good opportunity to evaluate your air conditioners and decide if it’s time to have it replaced. Below we’ve listed some reasons that you may choose to have the whole air conditioner retired and a new unit put in its place:
Fall is a convenient time: Replacing an air conditioning system is easier in the fall, when HVAC technicians have fewer emergencies to worry about.
There are many advantages to using a ductless mini split heat pump in a house: higher energy efficiency, healthier air quality, and the ability to heat and cool only the rooms that need it. And because there is no ductwork that can wear down and develop leaks, ductless systems won’t require as many repairs as standard central air conditioning.
But you can’t expect the ductless heat pump in your home to escape with no repair needs at all. There are some specific problems that these systems may encounter, and it takes trained professionals to fix them. Never try to fix a malfunctioning ductless system yourself. If you feel tempted to try to detach one of the air handlers from the wall to see if you can repair it, stop yourself and instead pick up the phone and give our team a call!… Read more
What do you know about ductless mini split air conditioning? Anything? Something? In the age of information, there is no shortage of opinions and facts available to the web-savvy consumer, but the most important features of the ductless AC should not be overlooked. In today’s post, we look closely at 3 things you should definitely know about ductless systems so that you make sure you know what your options are in the event of a new installation. Call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today for excellent air conditioning services throughout the San Bernardino area.
Why it doesn’t need ducts. One of the first questions we hear from owners of central air systems is wonder at the thought of how a ductless system can cool without ducts.
The technology behind air conditioning and heating is always advancing. One of the main goals of new HVAC research is to find ways to increase the energy efficiency of systems. Energy savings are not only an important way for homeowners and business owners to save money, but they benefit the environment as well.
The ECM Motor
One of the major improvements for air conditioners and furnaces is something called an ECM motor, also referred to as a variable speed motor. The letters ECM stand for electronically commutated motor, which might sound a bit complex to understand. In the simplest terms, an ECM motor lowers the total electrical consumption of an AC or furnace and helps to maintain proper air flow through the system.… Read more
Maintaining an air conditioning system involves many different steps, and you can count on professionals to go through all of them to make certain that your AC is prepped for the intense summer weather. One of these steps is swapping out the old HVAC system air filter for a new one. During the rest of the summer, all the way until your heating maintenance in the fall, you’ll need to take care of changing the filter yourself so it doesn’t become heavily clogged with debris. If you don’t know how to do this or where the filter is located, ask your maintenance technician for assistance.
How frequently should you change the filter?
There are different types of filters for HVAC systems, and they need to be swapped out on different schedules.… Read more
There are numerous things that can go wrong with your AC over the course of its lifespan. Most problems start small and build from there. What was originally a maintenance issue eventually becomes a major repair need. There are some problems that command your immediate attention, and it is those on which we would like to focus for today’s blog post. It’s imperative that you stop using your AC immediately if you recognize any such problems because further operation could lead to permanent system damage or even premature replacement. Make sure to hire a professional technician to work on your air conditioning system. Call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today for professional air conditioning repair services in Redlands, CA.
It’s already June, and the official start of summer is only two weeks away. The hot temperatures are going to grow even hotter… and you’ll be glad that you have an effective air conditioning system to cool down your house during the next few months.
If you’re thinking that perhaps you should have your old AC taken out and a new one put in, then you have some different choices to consider, such as special high efficiency systems. One of the options is a ductless mini split, a system that works through a series of wall-mounted air handlers that send cooled air directly into the rooms.
Below are some situations in which going with a ductless system installation is a particularly good idea:
You don’t have a central AC/or heating system
Have you been using window air conditioning units to cool down your house?… Read more
There’s really no escaping it: the air your AC pulls in from the outside is going to have dirt and dust in it. While your air conditioner does use a filter, there’s no way for it to catch all of the dust. So what can actually happen from too much debris, dust or dirt in your air conditioning system? Read on below to find out more and then call us here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning if you need any kind of Redlands, CA air conditioning repair services.
Redlands, CA Air Conditioning Repair from Dust and Dirt
Dust and dirt can cause several common issues so call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning for Redlands, CA air conditioning repair services.… Read more
Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning took the time to explore the IHACI Tradeshow in Pasadena, CA last month on November 13th, 2013. The IHACI Tradeshow is a highly recognized event by the United States HVAC industry. It was a fun event with a long list of exhibitors for the team to check out. Tradeshows are a great way to network and become familiar with the latest technologies leading the way in the HVAC industry. We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers with new products and education and we have fun doing it!… Read more
With a dependable air conditioning system, keeping your home cool and comfortable throughout the hottest time of the year is a fairly straightforward task. Doing so in an efficient way, though, can present more of a challenge. Do not let high energy costs prevent you from enjoying the full benefits of a quality air conditioning system this summer. The Palm Springs, CA air conditioning installation pros at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning have some tips to help you save energy this summer. Feel free to contact us with any further questions you may have. We are happy to help you get the most efficient performance possible from your air conditioner.
One great way to boost energy efficiency in your home during the cooling season is to supplement the performance of your air conditioning system with your ceiling fans.… Read more
Does your air conditioner have a few… quirks? You’ve probably already started to run your AC this year, since the hot weather always starts early and we’ve had some 90°+ days roll through. It’s extremely important that you have any repairs your air conditioner may need done now, or else you may end up with a non-working cooling system the next time the temperature climbs that high.
Here are a few issues to watch for that will warn you to get on the phone and call our technicians for AC repairs:
Hissing sounds: This is an early indication that an air conditioning system is losing refrigerant. The hissing is the sound of gaseous refrigerant escaping from the copper lines. A drop in refrigerant will not only cause a loss of cooling power, but it can cause damage to the compressor because of the change in pressure throughout the system.
The central air conditioner has yet to be invented that has a smart system to analyze malfunctions and provide the homeowner with an exact rundown of repairs that need to be done, and how soon to have them done. Until the invention of this type of “genius AC,” you will have to make do with more ordinary warning signs that your home’s air conditioner is in need of professional repairs. One type of warning: unusual noises from the cabinets.
Some Common Warning Sounds from an Air Conditioner
Clicking: You might hear a repeated clicking sound when the air conditioner’s compressor attempts to come on. This is referred to as “hard-starting,” and could point to a number of issues—all of which require the work of HVAC technicians to repair.
One of the repair calls that HVAC professionals receive most often is the “no cooling” call. This is when a homeowner discovers that the central air conditioning system of a house is blowing out warm air instead of the crisp, cool air expected. There are many reasons for this occur, and in most cases it will take an experienced air conditioning technician to track down the malfunction and fix it. You will need the system repaired as soon as possible, especially if the problem happens on an extremely hot day. (Malfunctions are much more likely to occur under these conditions because of the extra stress placed on the AC.)
What you can do when this happens
First, before you call for professional repairs, make a double-check on the thermostat.
We live in a part of the country that experiences summer weather best described as frequently brutal. When it gets hot in the Southern California deserts, it gets hot. Simply getting through the day requires a powerful air conditioning system putting in steady work. This translates into high electrical bills during the season.
You may just accept the steep costs of keeping your home livable during this time of year. There’s no way to avoid a rise in how much electricity you use during the summer—but you’re probably paying too much. Something as simple as poor use of the thermostat can waste power. (The Department of Energy has some good tips on effective thermostat settings for cost-cutting.)
We want to focus on the ways our team can assist you with making air conditioning costs less painful.… Read more
It’s May already, and summer is closing in fast. You don’t actually have to live in a place like Palm Springs, CA, to know what kind of heat we experience during the summer. And the hot weather starts early and stays for a long time. This is why we emphasize the importance of regular air conditioning maintenance during the spring. There is no better way to prepare your home’s air conditioning system for the rigors of yet another desert summer in So. Cal than to have professionals inspect it and give it a thorough tune-up.
Here’s What We Check during a Maintenance Visit
Maintenance involves (broadly) two tasks. One is tuning up the system by doing tasks such as tightening electrical connections and cleaning coils.… Read more
Air conditioning technology is a fact of life in our modern world, and we don’t always appreciate how much it’s improved our lives. Before it came along, we had to suffer through heat waves and high humidity with only fans to circulate the air. In Palm Springs, air conditioning systems keep our homes cool and comfortable amid the intense desert heat waves. But how does air conditioning work, and what does that mean for me as an air conditioning owner?
Traditional air conditioning systems use refrigerant gases to enact the cooling cycle. The process starts when the gas enters a compressor, which subjects it to high pressure and raises the temperature accordingly. It then travels through a series of condensing coils, which lower the temperature and transform it into a liquid (which is still under high pressure).… Read more
The thermostats in your home are actually one of the most powerful components of your air conditioning system. If they start to go bad it can cause big problems for your comfort and efficiency. Here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning we know how important your air conditioning is—especially during the summer heat. We wanted to help our customers understand how their thermostats work with your AC equipment and what negative effects they can have on your comfort. Give us a call if you need any kind of air conditioning repair services in Palm Springs.
Air Conditioning Services: Thermostat Repairs
Take a look below at some of the most common thermostat problems that could harm the performance of your air conditioning system.… Read more
The US Department of Energy (DOE) states that approximately half of the energy used in American homes goes towards heating or cooling the home. That being said, it’s only natural that you want to make sure that your air conditioner is working as effectively and efficiently as possible, to help you save money on these energy costs. According to one DOE report, one way to reduce your cooling bills significantly is by increasing the amount of insulation installed in your home.
Why Does This Matter?
Most people understand that during winter, their insulation prevents cold from coming into their home through their ceilings and walls. Well, this works the same way during the hot summer, except that instead of keeping the cold air out, it keeps the cold air inside the house, blocking it from moving toward the warmer area outside.… Read more
Finding a new air conditioning system can be a hard task for many homeowners. Here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning we want to help make the process easier which is why we put together a quick list of some of the things to consider as you move through the process. Give us a call if you need any kind of air conditioning installation service in Palm Springs, CA or if you have any questions about your home’s AC system.
Palm Springs, CA Air Conditioning Installation Services
Getting a new air conditioning system installed in your home is a huge decision and one that you have to live with for many years to come. You want to make sure that you get the right system and then that it gets installed with good quality.… Read more
An air conditioning system is supposed to work when it’s hot outside. That’s what an air conditioner is for, after all! HVAC manufacturers design these systems to operate in scorching temperatures so they shoulder the work that homeowners need from them.
But no matter how well an AC is built, the summer temperatures we experience in the deserts of Southern California are the definition of “unforgiving.” When our temperatures fly up into the 90s and 100s, the stress on an individual air conditioner can become extreme enough for the system to overheat and stop working. Obviously, you don’t want this to happen, so when you need Palm Desert, CA air conditioning services to get your cooling system working once again, don’t hesitate to call our technicians.… Read more
Are you curious about what AC is right for your new home? Have you already started the process, but are confused by the various details? Searching for the right system can be daunting, not only because of the range of available system types and brands, but also because it’s not clear how they are different from each other. While the quality of the equipment itself is incredibly important, it must be professionally installed if you want to ensure your new AC works well for the years to come. In today’s post, we’d like to examine a few different factors to consider when making your choice. Call the Palm Springs, CA air conditioning specialists at Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning today for comprehensive installation services.… Read more
As the hot weather starts to really get underway here in Southern California, you’ll have your first opportunity to see how well your air conditioner is operating. If you had it professionally inspected and tuned-up, it should have a great start for the hot season. But no amount of maintenance can make an AC 100% repair-proof. If you notice hot spots in your house when the AC is running, it might mean the system needs repairs.
There’s another possibility, however: damaged ductwork. Air leaks in the ducts steal away cool air on its way to rooms, resulting in warmer air from the vents.
So which of these two is giving you grief during hot weather?
When Good ACs Go Bad
The simple answer to the question is “Call the professionals!”… Read more
Short-cycling is a condition that’s easy to notice in an air conditioner, although people may not always know exactly what it is or why it’s a problem. To put it as simply as possible, short-cycling is when an air conditioner’s compressor turns on and off multiple times over an hour, with each cooling cycle lasting less than fifteen minutes. This shouldn’t be happening if the air conditioner is running properly. Short-cycling places enormous pressure on the components of an air conditioner, which creates high bills and a system that will wear down fast—to the point where it will need to be replaced years ahead of time. Short-cycling is often a sign of a specific malfunction that needs to be repaired.… Read more
Spring is the season to arrange for air conditioning maintenance Indio, CA and elsewhere in the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities. The majority of maintenance services must be handled by an HVAC professional, which is why we recommend you sign up for our regular maintenance program. One of our highly trained technicians will come to your house to tune-up the AC, lubricate moving parts, check on refrigerant, clean components, and change the air filter. The program includes maintenance for your heater in fall as well.
We don’t get much of a reprieve from the heat in the Southern California deserts when October arrives. This last week we dealt with temperatures high up in the 90’s during the daytime, and that means air conditioners are putting in just as much work around Halloween as they were during Labor Day.
This is a time of the year when we recommend you pay special attention to any odd behavior from your home’s air conditioning system, since the system has already put in months of hard work and the stress may finally cause parts to fail. One common warning sign you might encounter is a clicking sound coming from the outdoor cabinet.
What Does This Clicking Noise Mean?
There are a couple of possibilities for what causes this clicking sound.… Read more
We’re in for another incredibly hot summer in the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities. The cool days will be in the 90s! Your home’s air conditioning system will be handling a great deal of work over the coming weeks to maintain a livable, comfortable indoor environment for you and your family. With all that work, people often worry that the heat may cause their air conditioners to fail. How bad is the intense heat for an air conditioning system, and should you worry about it?
High heat means extra work for an AC—although not necessarily damage
For the most part, air conditioners are designed to handle extreme heat so that their internal components won’t suffer from damage. They’re pretty sturdy machines!… Read more