Some Additional Benefits of Regular Heating Maintenance

Last week we wrote about how important it is that you schedule maintenance for your heating system, especially with a potentially very rainy winter ahead of us. Maintenance will help ensure that your furnace or other residential heater continues to work throughout the season with minimal repairs needs and mablog/get-ready-for-godzilla-el-nino-with-furnace-maintenance/ximum energy efficiency.

There are other reasons to make sure that you arrange for an annual heating inspection and tune-up. Some you have may not have considered before.

  • Safety: This is a particularly important advantage when it comes to gas-powered furnaces. Although gas furnaces are not inherently “dangerous” (they are built with many safety features), the best way to make sure that your natural gas furnace remains safe each winter is to have an inspection that will locate any places where trouble might be starting.
  • Reminders: We know that it’s easy to forget about heating maintenance in a place that gets as warm as the Desert Communities. A good HVAC contractor will offer a program with reminders: we will call you each fall to remind you that it’s time to schedule that important heating maintenance.
  • Noise Reduction: As a heater ages, whether a heat pump or a furnace, it will start to make more and more noise. Eventually, it can become a serious source of noise pollution and a major distraction. Even a simple loose air handler will turn into a huge racket. Regular maintenance will help keep your heater running at its quietest for most of its service life.
  • Eliminate cold spots: Uneven heating is a common problem that occurs when heaters don’t receive maintenance—and often the first warning that something is going wrong with the system.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning serves Palm Desert, CA and the Inland Empire and Desert Communities with excellent heating system maintenance. We have more than 35 years of experience helping customer enjoy year-round comfort!

Why a Furnace Tune-Up in Fall Is Important

We’re deep into October, and although the weather is still warm, we can expect to start running into cooler evenings in the near future. Eventually, furnaces will start firing up to provide comfort during these nights and even some of the days. If you haven’t already arranged for a fall tune-up for your furnace, we strongly recommend that you have it done during the next few weeks.

Yes, Furnace Maintenance Is an Annual Service

We understand that when you live in a place as warm as the Southern California deserts that taking care of a home heating system may not seem like that much of a priority. Air conditioners are the comfort systems that people here tend to worry about. But even though a furnace doesn’t receive the same level of workout each year as an air conditioner, it still must have an annual fall maintenance tune-up and inspection.

  • Safety: This is the most important reason for a yearly furnace tune-up. The majority of furnaces are gas-powered (an inexpensive fuel compared to electricity) and can potentially turn hazardous if they are not looked after. A brief professional inspection each year does marvels when it comes to preserving a furnace’s safe operation. The peace of mind alone is worth the cost.
  • Efficiency: You don’t want to spend a huge chunk of money on the short period that your furnace must run during a Southern California winter. A regular furnace inspection will find where the heating system may be losing its energy efficiency and correct it so you won’t have to pay more than you need to.
  • Prevent repairs: Another expense you don’t want to incur with your furnace is for unnecessary repairs. Annual inspections prevent up to 85% of the repairs that a furnace may need—and that adds up to huge savings on repair jobs.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning provides heating maintenance in Moreno Valley, CA and throughout the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities. For exceptional customer service, please give our office a call.

Get Savings When You Schedule Your Furnace Tune-Up in November

Do you find it all too easy to forget about arranging for service for your furnace during the fall? Look, we understand: when you live in a place like Southern California, which is famous for its sunny climate and mild winters, you don’t give as much thought to keeping your home warm as you do to keeping it cool.

But you still need to have the furnace inspected and tuned-up each year. You will need it at some point, and we may be in for an especially rainy winter this year. Furnaces that don’t receive annual inspections put your household at a number of risks, such as…

  • Safety hazards – Although a gas furnace is not an inherently “dangerous” heating system, any device that uses natural gas poses a possibility of carbon monoxide leaks. Maintenance is partially a safety inspection for your furnace, and you’ll have greater peace of mind thanks to it.
  • Higher bills – You only use your furnace for a portion of the winter, so you don’t want to pay enormous bills for those times. Regular maintenance will see that the furnace works at its most efficiently.
  • Shorter equipment life – A furnace that has no maintenance is a furnace that will break down much earlier than it should. You don’t want to pay to replace a furnace five to ten years prematurely.

It’s easy to start with furnace maintenance. You only need to give our heating specialists a call and sign up for our regular maintenance. In fact, during November we are offering a $55 Early Bird Special for furnace tune-ups. Get a jump on the cold weather and contact us today to arrange for your furnace inspection and tune-up.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning has served Cherry Valley, CA and the rest of the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities since 1980.

Do I Need Heating Maintenance—In the Desert? (Yes!)

To the rest of the world, Southern California is a vision of warmth. When you mention the desert areas of Southern California, places like Palm Desert, people can only imagine intense heat through most of the year, with maybe a touch cooling off to merely “very hot” during other parts of the year.

Why would a home need to have maintenance for its heating system in a place like the deserts of Southern California? There are a few reasons that, even in our hot climate, professional heating maintenance is an annual fall necessity.

Yes, it can get cool at night

During December, the days usually peak at a pleasant temperature in the high 60s or low 70s. This is ideal comfort weather for most people. However, going below 68°F is the point where people may start to feel cold … and the nights in December often get down into the mid-40s. You’ll definitely want some heat then. The annual temperature dips further in January before starting to rise again. Of course, there’s always a chance of a cold snap hitting and the temperature going into the 30s. You want to make sure you have a heating system that can handle such surprises.


No matter what part of the world you live in, if you have a central heating system for your home, it must have professional attention each fall to inspect its parts and clean it and tune it up to prevent it from developing safety issues. This is essential for gas-powered furnaces, which are the most common type of heating system in the country. Although gas furnaces aren’t inherently unsafe, they can develop major hazards if they’re neglected. Only a licensed professional is certified to work on a gas furnace.

Energy savings

A downside of not needing a heating system often in Southern California is that a heater tends to collect plenty of dust and dirt during long stretches of inaction. When the heating system actually needs to work, it will waste power because of this neglect. You don’t want to spend more to heat your home than necessary, and regular maintenance is the best way to see that your heating system—no matter its type—works at its most efficient whenever it has to do its job.

Equipment longevity

Replacing a worn-down heating system is expensive, and you want any heater in your house to last for as long as possible. A heating system can last on average from 10 to 20 years depending on the type: electric furnaces can endure the longest, while a heat pump will probably have a shorter lifespan. You can probably add on a few more years here in Southern California because of the reduction in stress. But without maintenance, a heater won’t make it to its estimated lifespan and will need to be replaced earlier.

We’re the Palm Desert, CA HVAC contractor to call on to schedule residential heating maintenance. Our maintenance program covers both air conditioning and heating. We’ll see that you have energy-saving performance, and safeperformance, from your heater during the short winter season. Contact us to hear more about our maintenance program.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning is open 24 hours a day to serve your AC and heating needs in the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities.

Does My Heater Really Need Maintenance?

The question about whether a home heating system requires maintenance is one you encounter more often in warm climates, like Southern California, than in places used to arduous and lengthy winter seasons. Simply put, people in Southern California don’t think about their household heaters that often. If they switch on the heater during the occasional cold day and it seems to do the job adequately, fine. No need to worry about it any further than that, right?

Well, no need to worry about it… until it doesn’t turn on.

Yes, your heater absolutely requires regular maintenance. Any complex machine that does such important work will start to wear down and eventually need repairs, and you don’t want to realize this on the coldest day of the year. If more than a year has passed since you had your home’s heater inspected and given a tune-up, you should sign up for a maintenance program right away. Get your heater ready for the cold surprises that lay in wait. Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning offers excellent heating maintenance in Redlands, CA. Contact us today to get started.

Reasons your heater needs maintenance

Prevent expensive repairs: A maintenance technician will give your heater a thorough inspection to see that no part is wearing down or in danger of breaking. Small adjustments and minor replacements will keep away a large, more costly repair down the road.

Increase efficiency: If you leave your heater without regular care, its parts will start to wear down and it will need to work harder to supply you with warmth. This will show up as an increase on your energy bills. Proper maintenance will keep your heater working at its most energy efficient.

Longer service life: All the extra stress and numerous repairs will result in a heating system that will break down long before its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan. You can get the most years out of your heater with regular care.

We hope you see now that heating maintenance in Redlands, CA isn’t optional. You may not think about your heater during much of the year, but consider how much you appreciate it on those winter days when you have to turn it on. Avoid freezing surprises and steep bills—schedule heating maintenance today with Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. And if your heater needs help right now before the start of the season, we have 24-hour emergency service to help you.

Now Is the Time to Schedule Your Annual Heating Maintenance

Southern California isn’t known for its blistering winters, and if you live in one of the Desert Communities, such as Palm Springs, you usually won’t have to worry about keeping your home warm during the day at any time of the year. But the desert nights can get quite cool, sometimes dropping into the low 40s, and to make sure that you and your family remain comfortable, you need to know that your heater is ready to go to work.

To prepare your home’s heating system for the cool nights, arrange maintenance for it during the fall. Right now is an excellent time to call up our HVAC team and schedule a maintenance visit. The process only takes about an hour, and once our professionals are finished, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • A system that runs at high energy efficiency: One of the principle goals of heating maintenance is to make sure that the system doesn’t drain excess energy because of wear and tear. Our technicians will clean and adjust the unit so that it works its best and doesn’t cost you more to run than it should.
  • Reduced repair needs: Heating maintenance is sometimes called preventive maintenance because it helps prevent malfunctions in the future. You can expect to have few to no repair calls during the winter if you prepare your heater with professional maintenance.
  • Extended equipment life: To get the best return on your original investment in a heating system, you want it to last for as many years as possible. Maintenance will help your heater enjoy a long service life.
  • Peace of mind: Perhaps the best benefit of heating maintenance is that it will put your mind at ease that the heater will work when it is supposed to and that it won’t break down abruptly.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers heating maintenance in Palm Springs, CA. For exceptional customer service, give our offices a call.

What’s Involved in Heating Maintenance

The time for heating in Redlands, CA is coming to an end as the last few chilly days shake themselves out and homeowners start preparing for the summer. That makes it the perfect time to schedule a routine maintenance session on your heater. It’s more of a tune-up than a repair session: designed to clean components and spot big problems while they’re still small for a later repair session. Ideally, you should schedule a session at least once a year to keep your furnace in the best shape it can be.

What’s involved in heating maintenance? A brief rundown of the various steps is included below:

  • The technician shuts down the furnace and turns off the gas flow at the source to ensure that he works in safety.
  • The technician cleans the combustion chamber and clears soot build-up on components like the burners. He’ll also check those components for signs of corrosion or damage.
  • The technician checks the flue pipe, gas lines and other connections for loose fittings or clogs in their length.
  • The technician will replace any filters and check the ignition system to make sure it ignites when it is supposed to.
  • The technician inspects the burner, the heat exchanger and other components for any damage or signs of problems.
  • The technician restores power to the system and allows it to run for 15-20 minutes, examining it for any problems all the while.
  • The technician closes up the system.

The results allow you to spot any problems and schedule a more focused repair session to deal with it. More importantly, it helps the furnace run more efficiently, reducing the costs of running your heater and leaving it ready to go when the temperatures start to drop next fall. Considering the amount of dust in our desert environment, what’s involved in heating maintenance can do wonders for protecting and extending the life of your furnace. For more information, or to schedule a maintenance session, give the experts at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning a call. We handle all matters concerning heating in Redlands, and we won’t rest until you’re 100% satisfied!

Protecting Yourself from Carbon Monoxide

Gas furnaces are the most common type of heating system found in homes around the U.S. Even here in Southern California, where we only need heaters running for a short period during the mild winters, gas furnaces are the number one choice for household warmth.

And where there’s a natural gas furnace, there’s also the potential for harmful carbon monoxide leaks.

The dangers of carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that results from incomplete fuel combustion. Anything that burns can create carbon monoxide, but the major danger for modern homes comes from the combustion of natural gas. If the heat exchanger in a gas furnace develops cracks, or the furnace stops ventilating effectively, it can result in CO entering the home. Carbon monoxide is toxic and in high quantities will cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and various flu-like symptoms. Eventually, it leads to unconsciousness and death.

Protecting your home and family from CO poisoning

The first thing to keep in mind is that your home’s furnace isn’t inherently dangerous. If you keep the furnace professionally maintained each year, there will be a minimal chance for CO to leak from it. This is the most important reason for always scheduling a fall tune-up and inspection for your furnace. Call our team today and ask about our maintenance program to get you started.

Prompt furnace repair is another way to avoid carbon monoxide leaks. As soon as you notice anything amiss with your home’s furnace—odd sounds, burning smells, drops in heating output—call our licensed heating repair technicians for help. The quicker the problem is solved, the less likely there will be CO leaks.

Finally, if you use any natural gas in your home, you should have carbon monoxide detectors placed around the rooms. These detectors will sound an alarm if CO levels rise, giving you and your family enough time to vacate the house and call for help.

For assistance with your home’s gas furnace in Palm Springs, CA or elsewhere in the Desert Communities and the Inland Empire, contact Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

When Does AC Maintenance Season Start? It’s Always Hot Here!

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningAny quality HVAC company—one that cares about your family’s comfort—will recommend you have an annual maintenance inspection and tune-up for your cooling system. The same as with a vehicle, this regular maintenance is a way to prevent breakdowns and inefficient, costly performance.

There’s no season for vehicle maintenance, but when it comes to AC maintenance in Palm Desert, CA or the surrounding areas, the time usually recommended is spring. This is actually the recommended time across the country, from our roasting So. Cal. desert climate to the chills of a New England seaport. But when you consider how warm the weather here is for most of the year—including heat waves that can hit during the middle of winter—is there really any such thing as a “season” to arrange for AC maintenance? Can’t you have it done at any time?

The answer is, “yes and no.”

First, if it were always our choice, we’d recommend spring as the time to arrange for your regular AC maintenance with us. We have a maintenance program you can sign up for that will see you receive spring maintenance each and every year from one of our professionals. Doing the work in spring is advantageous because it preps the system right before the strongest heat of the year arrives; it’s also wise to have a system tune-up before it will be needed the most, rather than do it and then let the system sit around unused for a couple of months.

But, on the other hand, it’s much better to have maintenance done during a different season than to skip it outright. Each year an AC misses its maintenance appointment, it will start to suffer a decline in energy efficiency and an increase in the dangers of unnecessary repairs and a possible system shutdown. These aren’t risk you ever want to take, so it’s much better to schedule maintenance late than never.

If you haven’t had your maintenance done yet this year, having it taken care of in August is still a good option. There’s plenty of summer weather still ahead, stretching as it usually does deep into fall and arriving in early spring. You’re probably already spending too much to run the system as it is if you didn’t have maintenance, and our inspection and tune-up will help you get started with saving money. You can also count on us to locate any spot where your air conditioner may need to have a preventive repair to stave off worse problems. There’s never any bad time for learning about repair problems that you otherwise can’t detect.

We recommend you sign up for both air conditioning and heating maintenance with us. Late fall is the best time to have the heater serviced. You may not rely on it as much, but a well-maintained heater will last for longer, remain safer, and won’t inflate your winter bills needlessly.

Schedule service with Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning in the Inland Empire and Desert Communities. For exceptional customer service, please give our office a call.

How a Professional HVAC Company Can Help You 12 Months a Year

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningIt’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. Below are ways we can be of service to you around the year, not just for AC repairs (although we’re ready 24/7 when you need those!).

Regular HVAC Maintenance

This is the big recommendation we give to all our customers: sign up for our maintenance program to take care of your AC and heater throughout the year. Maintenance means regular check-ups for your cooling and heating, along with tune-ups, adjustments, and cleanings. We’ll see you in spring to give the air conditioner a good check-up, and then we’ll come back in fall and see that your heater is going to be fine for the shorter cool season. This is an investment in both the short-term and long-term success and energy efficiency of your HVAC system.

Humidity Control

Comfort inside a house is also related to humidity levels, not only temperature. Sometimes an AC can’t deal with high humidity, and other times it might make a house too dry. Arid desert conditions can add an unpleasant edge to winter temperatures. And both low and high humidity can create health troubles. Let us assist you with balancing indoor relative humidity with our humidifier and dehumidifier services.

Keeping the Ducts Clean

Most homes have ductwork for their central AC and heating—and ducts collect dust, dander, and lint over time. Eventually, you’ll need to have your ducts professionally cleaned. Don’t fall for cold calls from people offering suspiciously low bids to clean your ductwork; these aren’t thorough or professional. Leave the job to us! If you’re unsure if you need duct cleaning this year or not, give us a call.

Better Climate Controls

We offer a range of thermostats and climate control systems that can make huge improvements in HVAC performance. It’s important that you don’t purchase thermostats online and try to install them yourself: this can potentially void HVAC equipment warranty! We’ll guide you toward an affordable and effective upgrade to your home’s climate controls.

There’s much more that our expert HVAC team can assist you with! Contact us today—you can start with arranging for regular maintenance—and we’ll see you have the finest in comfort for your house.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning serves the Inland Empire and Desert Communities, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year!