Benefits of an Upgrade to Your Air Conditioner

If you have an air conditioner that has reached or exceeded its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan, then you should start considering replacing it. If the AC shows signs that it’s wearing down, has started to cost more and more to operate, or runs up high bills for repairs, then you should stop considering replacement and schedule it right away. Aside from avoiding breakdowns, you’ll save money with the new higher efficiency systems now available.

However, if you have a younger AC, you don’t need to replace it entirely to have better comfort, performance and efficiency. You can instead make a number of upgrades: a state-of-the-art thermostat, a new outdoor unit, or a zone control system. There are some excellent benefits from going with a number of cost-effective AC upgrades.… Read more

Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning This Summer

Summer is coming, and considering the last month we’ve had, a lot of people would argue that it’s already here. Here in San Bernardino, air conditioning systems will be called upon like never before to keep those sweltering Inland Empire temperatures at bay. Most of us have come to accept the reality that we’ll be paying higher bills this summer to keep our homes cool, but that acceptance may hide the fact that you’re paying more than you should. You can find ways to save money on air conditioning this summer, helping keep the pinch in your pocketbook to a minimum. It starts with simple steps you likely learned about in grade school: dress lightly, drink plenty of cool liquids and set your thermostat a few degrees higher than you normally would.… Read more

What to Do Before the Cooling Season is Over

Yucaipa air conditioning concerns go beyond simple comfort into legitimate health issues. We live in a desert, and our air conditioning systems are the first, best line of defense against scorching triple-degree temperatures. It can be tempting to breathe a sigh of relief as cooling season comes to and end: when we can turn off our air conditioners and give our electric bills a break. Before that happens, however, it pays to take a few steps to help keep your air conditioner running at its peak. Here’s what to do before cooling season is over.

  • Schedule a maintenance session with a qualified service technician. A full summer of use can result in a lot of wear and tear on your system, as parts wear down and fittings become loose.
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Late Season Air Conditioning Upgrades

In the California deserts, our hot season stretches far into the fall, so keeping an air conditioner in good shape is important. But perhaps you’re looking to get a bit more from your system: better quality cooling, more cost-efficient performance. Here are a few upgrades to consider installing for the late season. The Yucaipa air conditioning technicians at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning are available to perform the installations you need for an improved AC.

Programmable thermostat: One of the best investments you can make in an air conditioner is to install a programmable thermostat. If you don’t have one, you could be spending additional money on your electric bills while not getting the highest quality cooling. Programmable thermostats give you precise control over the temperature that the sliders on manual thermostats won’t allow.… Read more

What is a High Efficiency Air Conditioner?

An air conditioner that is highly energy efficient is good for you, your family, your home and the environment. But to understand what a high efficiency air conditioner is, you first need to understand how efficiency is rated and what the ratings can mean for you and your air conditioning.

How Is Efficiency Rated?

Just as cars come with an MPG number to indicate its efficiency, so, too, does your air conditioning system. This number is known as a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) number, and it tells you how energy efficient a certain air conditioner is on a scale of 1 to 23. Today’s air conditioners have to be manufactured with a minimum SEER of 13, so that would be the baseline number at which you’d start.… Read more

What are the Benefits of Zone Control Systems?

Anything that can make your air conditioner more energy efficient, particularly during the height of summer, is a great thing for you, your home and your air conditioner. One way to maximize both energy efficiency and personal comfort is to add a zone control system to your air conditioning. A zone control system gives you the ultimate control over how, when, and at what temperature you cool your home, including the ability to turn off cooling to rooms that aren’t being utilized. Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning has installed many zone control systems over the years, and our customers have seen first-hand the benefits of using them.

How Does a Zone Control System Work?

The first thing to understand about a zone control system is how it works.… Read more

Why You Should Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance This Spring

As we move out of spring and into summer, you’re going to start using your air conditioner more and more often. That means increased stress on the system, which means a greater chance that it will develop a problem. If you want your air conditioner to make it through the summer without any major issues, the best thing to do is have some preventive maintenance conducted on it. Read on to find out why you should schedule air conditioning maintenance this spring.

Prevention vs. Cure

Everyone knows the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This applies to air conditioning repairs as well. Problems that develop in air conditioning systems are often not cheap to repair, especially if they happen to afflict a major part like the compressor.… Read more

Air Conditioning System Shopping: 3 Features to Look Out for

In a desert town like Yucaipa, air conditioning systems are the only thing standing between us and triple-digit temperatures. A sturdy AC unit can last for a long time, but sooner or later, every air conditioning unit needs to be replaced. When AC shopping in Yucaipa, you want to make sure you get the right unit to fit your needs. Here are 3 features to look out for when determining the best air conditioner for you.

  • Energy Efficiency. AC units all have a SEER (Season Energy Effectiveness Ratio) rating, determining how efficiently they cool your home. Modern AC units feature SEER ratings of 13 or above. Older ones can drop as low as 6. The higher the rating, the more it will save you on your monthly bills.
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How To Get Your Air Conditioning System Ready for Summer

Before you turn your air conditioning system on for the first time this summer there are a few things that you should consider doing for your AC. The Palm Springs, CA air conditioning professionals at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning can help you with any services that you might need.

Benefits of Air Conditioning Maintenance in Palm Springs, CA

During the winter you likely leave your air conditioning system unattended. Before you go running all the time in the summer you may want to consider calling the Palm Springs, CA air conditioning pros at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today. We can visit your home and perform a full diagnostic inspection and tune-up on your system. Our experts will thoroughly inspect every component of your air conditioning system and look for any issues that could have developed over the winter.… Read more

Common Air Conditioning Repairs in Palm Springs, CA

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

The Relation Between Air Conditioning and Indoor Air Quality

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of stepping into a properly air conditioned room and cooling down after a long day. The Irvine summers can certainly get hot, and as much as we enjoy the sunshine, we also recognize the importance of an excellent air conditioning system, such as central air or a ductless mini split. But temperature isn’t everything. Much of the comfort level in your home depends as much on the humidity and quality of the indoor air as it does on the temperature you read on the thermostat. For this reason, it’s critical that you take your indoor air quality as well as your air conditioning into account during the cooling season in order to optimize the comfort of your living space.… Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Try to Repair Your Air Conditioning System on Your Own

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

The Biggest Air Conditioning Misconception: ACs “Don’t Need Maintenance”

A large number of misconceptions and myths swirl around residential air conditioning systems. (For example, “Air conditioners use up refrigerant as they work.” Not at all true: air conditioners circulate refrigerant, which does not dissipate during the process.) We are going to deal with one of the most unfortunate of these AC misconceptions, which leads to many air conditioners failing years before they should and costing their owners large amounts in replacement fees. The misunderstanding is that air conditioning systems can continue to work fine for years without requiring professional maintenance.

Just like a car, air conditioner must have routine maintenance

An air conditioner is a mechanical system, and any mechanical system will wear down over time because of stress. There is simply no way to avoid this—but it can be alleviated.… Read more

How Duct Sealing Can Improve Your Air Conditioning

Your ductwork is one of the unsung heroes of your home, allowing your central forced-air heating and cooling systems to keep your home comfortable year-round while simultaneously staying out of sight. While it’s a great thing that your ducts are so unobtrusive while playing so vital role, it also makes it hard for them to receive repairs when they need them. Many homeowners can’t tell what kind of condition their ducts are in, and thus can’t tell when they are in need of repairs. This contributes to one of the biggest problems that ducts are afflicted with: duct leaks. Let’s take a look at why you should have your ducts inspected and sealed, and how that can help keep you cool this summer.… Read more

Keep AC Costs Down During a Heat Wave

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.
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How Do Zone Control Systems Work?

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

3 Air Conditioning Issues That You Need to Watch Out For

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

Is It too Late in Summer to Bother with Minor Air Conditioning Repairs?

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

What You Should Know About Refrigerant Types

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

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning working at Salvation Army!

We recently completed a service on the Salvation Army’s San Bernardino Men’s residence building for the HVAC systems. Our techs went out and performed full preventative maintenance tune ups on multiple rooftop systems, including Fujitsu split systems. We are proud to provide service work within the local community. Take a look at the pics below to see our techs; Johnny, Paul, Chris and Ricky, working away to help prolong the life of these units!

Remember to call us today for all of your heating and air conditioning service and installation needs!… Read more

My Air Conditioner Is Hissing: Is That Normal?

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

Air Conditioning in Redlands, CA: How Leaking Refrigerant Affects your Air Conditioner

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

Common Compressor Problems in Your Air Conditioner

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

Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Producing Sufficient Cooling?

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.

For fast and effective repairs from experts, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We have served Yucaipa, CA and the Inland Empire since 1980.

Reasons your air conditioner is losing cooling power

There are many different causes for an AC that is failing to keep a home sufficiently cool.… Read more

Is a Heat Pump an Effective Air Conditioning Option for Yucaipa?

If you are wondering about whether you should have a heat pump installed to deal with the summer temperatures in Yucaipa, CA or other parts of the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities, than you probably already know something about how a heat pump operates. The concern that some people have about heat pumps is how well they work at doing the two halves of their job: heating and cooling. “Is a heat pump better at doing one than the other? And will it work for my home in particular?”

We’ll answer both those questions in this post.

A heat pump’s cooling power vs. heating power

If the main function of a heat pump in your home will be as an air conditioner—almost certainly the case if you live in Southern California—then you have nothing to worry about.… Read more

Energy Saving Air Conditioning Tips for the Summer

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

What to Do When Your Air Conditioning Isn’t Cooling

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.
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3 Ways That a Heat Pump Differs from an Air Conditioner

A popular choice for home comfort in the hot conditions of Southern California is a heat pump. Although the name may at first make it sound like a bad idea for a place that is warm for most of the year, a heat pump is able to move heat two different directions: out of your home, like a standard air conditioner, and into your home as well. Heat pumps work as effectively at cooling a home as a comparably-sized AC, and have the right level of energy efficiency to keep your home warm during the short periods of colder weather.

In most ways, a heat pumps works in the same fashion as an air conditioner. Both use indoor and outdoor units, circulate refrigerant to move heat, absorb and release heat through indoor and outdoor coils, and use a compressor to apply energy to the refrigerant.… Read more

I Don’t Get It: How Does Air Conditioning Work?

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 Importance of Effective Insulation

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

What to Look for in a New Air Conditioning System

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

2 Ways in Which Ductless Air Conditioning Can Benefit You

Centralized air conditioning has long been the most popular method in this country for cooling a home. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s always the best option. Central air loses a lot of its output in transit from the system to its destination. In fact, the US Department of Energy has estimated that an average centralized forced-air system loses as much as 30% of its output to leaks in the ductwork.

On top of that, a central air conditioner is often linked to a single thermostat. That makes it ill-equipped to serve an entire house, many parts of which may warm up or cool off faster than the area in which the thermostat is installed. Fortunately, there are other options for those who want greater energy efficiency and control over their air conditioning.… Read more