Scientists have yet to invent self-repairing air conditioners, and the ACs found in homes do not come equipped with a computer that can analysis malfunctions and correctly report any problems to their owners. When it comes to detecting that your air conditioning system has a repair need so you know to call for a professional technician, you have to use other clues. One of the most important of these is sound.
Odd noises from either the indoor or the outdoor cabinet of your AC almost always means that something is wrong with the system. Don’t ignore these warnings: call for air conditioning repair in Palm Springs, CA from Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We have more than 30 years of history taking care of the AC needs of the Desert Communities, and there isn’t a malfunction that we haven’t seen—or remedied.… Read more
We can expect to suffer from many more hot days in August through September, and even October here in the deserts of Southern California. That means plenty more work for our air conditioning systems. If you’re already tired of seeing high electrical bills this summer, there are some ways you can increase your home’s energy efficiency with your AC and cut down on costs for the rest of the season. Below are some energy-saving methods for the rest of the summer.
Clean/change the air filter if you haven’t already: It’s easy to forget to regularly clean or change the air filter in the HVAC system. This filter must be either swapped out or cleaned every 1 to 4 months, or clogging will force the AC to strain and begin to waste power.
August is officially “Late Summer,” even though the season doesn’t official stop until the end of September and the heat in Southern California will continue for a bit after that. But as far as an air conditioner is concerned, it’s late in the season if it’s already built up quite a bit of wear and tear from a few months of steady work. In our desert climate, any home AC puts in a tremendous amount of labor starting in May, so by August the system might either face trouble with malfunctions or start to run inefficiently and raise electrical costs.
Fans aren’t the biggest components in your air conditioner, but they are important to the operation of your air conditioning. There are two fans in your system: the condenser fan in the outside unit, and the blower/air handler in the inside unit. Each of these fans helps with air flow and the heat release/cooling process in your system. Problems with fans can be fairly minor, but when one malfunctions or stops working, the effects can be seen system-wide. It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact problem with a fan, so it’s important to call experts when needing repair, and Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help.
Common Fan Problems
There are a few fan issues our technicians see with relative frequency:
Each fan has a motor that operates the fan array (fan, belts, etc.).… Read more
You may live in one of the many homes in Southern California that uses a ductless system for its air conditioning as well as its heating. These ductless mini splits are an excellent way to provide comfort without the need for space-eating ducts that collect dust and often lose air through leaks.
But ductless air conditioning systems can run into problems as well. If you notice that one of the indoor units—the air handlers—is sagging on the wall or looks like its crooked, you might imagine something’s wrong. And you’re probably correct.
Why this is may be happening
One possibility is a poor installation job. Did you try to install the system yourself, or allow an amateur to do it? If so, the air handler was probably mounted incorrectly so it wasn’t secured to the wall.… Read more
Here in San Bernardino, CA, air conditioning repair services are as important as your auto mechanic. Temperatures often reach triple digits here in the Inland Empire, and without a reliable air conditioner, you’re liable to melt right onto the floor! People are used to paying a lot in monthly bills for good air conditioner service, but that sometimes mean paying more than is necessary.
Here Are 3 Causes of Higher Air Conditioning Costs That You Should Keep an Eye Out For
Lack of Maintenance. Dirt and dust build up on your air conditioner over time, and various components can become loose or worn as they operate. As a result, your air conditioner will work harder to do the same job and cost you more money.
Here in Palm Springs, CA we run our air conditioning systems a lot throughout the year. All that use can cause your air conditioning system to develop a number of common issues. If you’re having any problems with your AC system just call the Palm Springs, CA air conditioning repair professionals at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We have years of experience working on all different kinds of air conditioners. We wanted to share with you some of the most common repairs that we get called for so that you can recognize them.
Palm Springs, CA Air Conditioning Repair Services
If you’re like most homeowners here in the desert then you likely run your air conditioning system almost every single day to stay comfortable.… Read more
If you like to take care of various repairs and home improvements around your home as DIY projects, you should certainly be commended. However, you need to know that there are some jobs that you should never undertake on your own. One of these is repairing your central air conditioning system.
But what’s wrong with a little DIY on an AC?
The modern air conditioner is an extremely complicated refrigeration device, similar to an actual refrigerator. Just as you won’t be able to repair a refrigerator unless you have training, you can’t repair a malfunctioning air conditioner without the proper skills and professional equipment.
There are many things about air conditioners that make them difficult-to-impossible for amateurs to repair. But there’s one specific aspect of AC repair that we would like to focus on, which is diagnosis.… Read more
End-of-summer repairs are common, and you shouldn’t wait to make them. Problems with your AC rarely get better on their own, and they usually become worse over time. If it’s time for air conditioning repair in Palm Desert, call the people you can count on: Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning.
There are a lot of ways your air conditioner can malfunction, but there are a few problems we see a lot after a busy cooling season:
Refrigerant leaks – the refrigerant in your system helps facilitate the transfer of heat. Your air conditioner requires an exact amount of refrigerant in order to work properly. When there’s a leak, it causes an imbalance in the heat release/cooling process. Refrigerant leaks require immediate repair and can be hard to find, so it’s important to call a professional.
During the blistering hot summers in the desert towns of Southern California, there’s nothing worse than an air conditioning system that simply cannot deal with the heat. It takes a powerful and well-maintained AC to beat back intense summer temperatures that often rise above 100°F, and if your home’s air conditioner starts to fall down on the job, you’ll probably need to call on HVAC professionals to diagnose the problem and fix it.
Some Reasons Your AC May Be Struggling with the Heat
Excess age: If an air conditioning system receives annual maintenance (usually in the spring) it should be able to last 10 to 15 years, sometimes more. But it will eventually start to wear down, no matter how much attention it receives, and start to lose its cooling ability.
Many homeowners enjoy taking on small fix-it and improvement jobs on their own. It’s not only a way to save money, it can be an exciting adventure on its own and the feeling of accomplishment that comes after it is its own reward.
But not every job in a home can be done as a DIY project. Most work for a central air conditioner should be left to professionals only. In fact, aside from some basic maintenance work such as replacing the air filter regularly and some adjustments to the thermostat, air conditioning tasks are something only trained technicians can do right. Let’s look at a few.
Diagnosing a short-cycling air conditioner
Short-cycling is a common type of malfunction for a central cooling system (as well as a heat pump).… Read more
As we head into the warm temperatures of summer in San Bernardino, you may notice more water heading into the drain pipe of your air conditioner; this is normal, considering the higher rate of operation your air conditioner is experiencing. But leaking water from other parts of your air conditioner, including the condensate tray, is not part of normal operation and will need repair. Water leaks can do a great deal of damage to your home, so don’t let a water leak make your air conditioning repair larger than it has to be – call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning immediately.
Reasons Why Water Can Leak from Your Air Conditioner
Your air conditioner is a closed system, so if water is doing something other than draining from the condensate tray into the drain pipe, there is most likely an issue.… Read more
Every year in the spring, you must arrange for a maintenance visit for your air conditioning system from an HVAC professional. This will prepare for the rigors of another hot Southern California summer. But there is an important maintenance task that you will need to perform yourself each month during the summer: changing (or cleaning) the AC’s air filter.
Why do I need to do this?
The air filter protects the interior of the air conditioning cabinet from debris that enters through the return air ducts. As the filter traps dust, dander, and other particles, it will start to become congested. After a month of steady work (the sort you can expect during a California summer) the filter will be fully clogged.… Read more
In a post a few weeks ago, we discussed one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about air conditioning systems: that they will eventually run out of refrigerant. Your AC should retain the same charge of refrigerant for its entire service life, with no need to have professionals put in more.
But there is one exception: leaks along the refrigerant lines. When you notice signs that your air conditioner is losing refrigerant (frost along the evaporator coil, a drop in cooling power, a hissing sound from the cabinets) you need to call for repairs right away from HVAC professionals.
What causes these leaks to happen in the first place?
Well, it’s almost certainly nothing that you did wrong. Studies have shown that this problem stems from something called formicary corrosion, which is a type of corrosion that can affect the copper lines of an air conditioning system.… Read more
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
“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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
It’s now officially spring. The weather in Southern California never obeys exactly what the calendar says, so we’ve already encountered some hot days even before March 20. But now that we are actually in the season itself, it’s harder to ignore the need to take care of your air conditioning system. If you haven’t done so already, now is the ideal time to arrange for air conditioning maintenance in Palm Springs, CA or elsewhere in the Desert Communities and the Inland Empire.