Why Your Heat Pump May Be Stuck in Cooling Mode

Heat pumps are an ideal comfort system for the climate of Southern California, since they combine a powerful air conditioning system with an energy-efficient heating system that can always overcome our mild winters.

Well… perhaps not always. A heat pump can malfunction and lose one or both of its modes. If you have turned your heat pump over to heating mode to deal with the arrival of cooler weather in Southern California, but you aren’t receiving warmth from it, than there is something wrong that will probably require a professional to fix. Check to see first if the thermostat is correctly set, and if it is, call on heat pump repair experts to look into what is wrong. Below are the two most common possibilities:

Broken reversing valve

The mostly likely cause for a heat pump to become stuck in one mode or another is a malfunction in the reversing valve.… Read more

Are Gas Furnaces Dangerous?

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningNatural gas is a common energy source used in homes and businesses around the country. If your home has a connection to a natural gas line, you probably use gas to power your oven, stove, water heater, and furnace.

Natural gas systems have a tendency to make people nervous. They’re concerned about toxic gas leaks, such as carbon monoxide, and combustion hazards. Most of these fears are exaggerated, but we do recommend people take caution when it comes to any natural gas appliance. We’re trained professionals in handling heating repair in La Quinta, CA and the surrounding areas, so we know a great deal about the safety level of gas furnaces—and how to keep them safe.

Let’s take a closer look at the safety of your home’s gas furnace.… Read more

Why Won’t My Electric Furnace Work?

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningElectric furnaces are common in Southern California because they can provide sufficient heat for the mild winters and don’t require a house to have a full gas hook-up. Electric furnaces are also less prone to break downs than gas furnaces, and it’s nice not to deal with those types of hassles when the heating system doesn’t need to run often.

An electric furnace can still create headaches for a home. No heating system can ever work entirely free from malfunctions! You may turn on your electric furnace to warm up your home during one of our occasional cold spells and discover you’re not getting heat. What’s wrong?

Check the circuit breaker

The furnace may not be getting any power because a circuit breaker has tripped.… Read more

Last Minute “Touch-Ups” for Your Heating System

We can now expect hot weather for much of the rest of the year. However, this doesn’t mean you can forget about your heating system in the last days before you shut it down for the spring and summer. There are a number of last-minute repairs and touch-ups you can arrange for the heater that will make sure it’s in the best condition when it finally shuts off to hibernate for summer.

Duct Sealing

This is a fix that affects the entire HVAC system, not only the heater. It’s therefore a good idea to have it done before the air conditioner comes on to handle the heavy work of the summer. If you’ve had trouble over the winter with cold spots in the house or higher utility bills than normal, we recommend having the ducts tested to see if there are air leaks.… Read more

Let’s Look Over Your Heating System for Repairs—Before You Need It!

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningYou might see the word heating in the title of this post and feel a laugh coming on. The temperatures outside are still hitting 100°F during the middle of the day! You’ve already got enough heat on your mind, and using your home air conditioning system as efficiently as possible so you can make it through this fall heat wave is priority #1.

However, much of home comfort is about planning: anticipating your needs so you can have them taken care of before they become actual needs. We do experience cool winter evenings here in the Southern California deserts, and if you want your heat pump, gas furnace, or electric furnace to work its best from the start, it’s a smart idea to use the time when you don’t need a heater to see if there are any problems with it.… Read more