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

Tips on How to Install a Ductless System on Your Own (Spoilers: Don’t!)

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

Watch Out for a Leaking Air Conditioner at the End of Summer!

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

Why Are Rooftop Units So Popular for Commercial HVAC?

Although there are many different types of HVAC systems to provide comfort for businesses, most people are familiar with the sight of heating and cooling units located on the top of commercial buildings. These rooftop units are one of the most popular ways for a building to receive year-round comfort. If you are curious about why this is so, we have some answers for you.

The benefits of the rooftop HVAC unit

The first reason that so many property owners use rooftop units is to save space. In the early days of electro-mechanical heating and cooling, HVAC systems “migrated” to the top of buildings because the older downtown areas simply lacked sufficient space around them to fit a large cooling and heating unit.… Read more

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning Supports Childhelp via the Salon Tranquility and Spa

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningDuring the month of April in 2017, Salon Tranquility and Spa will be collecting donations for a goal of $5,000 to present to the Childhelp facility and organization. Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning donated a gift basket to be raffled off as part of the fundraising effort. We are so happy to help contribute to a local community organization that we truly value and to partner with a local business in doing so. Please consider donating and look out for more details on the April 2017 Childhelp fundraising event hosting by Salon Tranquility and Spa.

Childhelp is a facility that hosts local children and offers guidance, supervision and therapeutic services for integration into lower level care such as foster or adoptive homes.… Read more

Some Ladder Safety Tips for Safe Holiday Decorating

Safety during the winter holiday season in Southern California presents a number of different challenges than it does in many other parts of the country. After all, “winter” is a relative term in the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities. We’ll experience some cooler days and perhaps cold nights, as well as some rain, and wearing light jackets outside might be necessary. But since we don’t receive snow and freezing cold days, we don’t have many concerns about dangers from slick roads and pavements, or worries about letting our pets outside.

Actually, our #1 safety concern during the holidays is ladder safety! Each year, more than 164,000 people in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms because of improper use of a ladder.… Read more

How Air Conditioning Problems Get Worse without Repairs

When you notice a minor problem with your air conditioner during the summer, you may be tempted to simply ignore it and only schedule repairs if something worse occurs. Or you could simply wait until the next scheduled maintenance visit (usually in spring) to have a technician locate what’s wrong.

This is a big mistake! There really isn’t such a thing as a “small” AC problem, because most air conditioner malfunctions are progressive: they worsen the longer they goes on, and may kick off a chain reaction of problems in other components. So when you notice your air conditioner is turning on and off rapidly, struggling to evenly cool all the rooms, or making unusual sounds, call for technicians right away to catch the trouble in the early stages.… Read more

Help, My Air Conditioning Isn’t Sending Out Cold Air!

This isn’t a situation you ever want to run into during a hot Southern California summer day: an air conditioning system that’s only sending out room-temperature air, rather than the crisp, cooled air you expect.

The first thing to keep in mind when you run into an AC that isn’t doing its job is not to panic: the issue may be a simple one that you can correct yourself. And if it isn’t, there’s help easily available with only a phone call to our professionals.

Here’s what you can do when you have a “no-cooling” emergency

First, check on the thermostat. It’s always possible there was an error in the settings that has caused the AC to believe that the compressor doesn’t need to come on.… Read more