Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Strange Noises in Your Air Conditioning

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

Here’s Why You Should Leave Your Air Conditioning Installation To A Professional

For homeowners throughout the Palm Springs area, air conditioning is not merely a luxury or a pleasant accessory to their homes, it’s an absolute necessity. With some of the highest temperatures in the country, residents of the area know how hot it can get during the summer, which means that their air conditioners have to work hard to combat the heat levels. Whatever type of system you have, and whatever condition it is in, it will inevitably endure significant wear and tear in this region. That’s what makes professional air conditioning installation so critical to your future comfort. If you’re in the market for a comprehensive cooling solution for your new home, or you want to replace your existing system with a highly energy efficient unit, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today.… Read more

An HVAC Maintenance Plan for Business: Is It Really Worth It?

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningWhat’s a nightmare scenario you can imagine for your company during regular business hours? You can probably think of a few—and don’t want to—but here’s a particular one we want to draw your attention to: an AC failure on a 100°+ day. We get plenty of roasting hot summer days here, and whether you run a restaurant, a retail store, or an office space, a loss of cooling can mean a complete work shutdown.

Almost as bad as a loss of cooling when your business needs it the most is the fear that this will happen. If you don’t trust your AC to make it through the summer, you’ll be on the edge all the time. For these reasons alone, an HVAC maintenance program from commercial specialists is worth the cost.… Read more

What Type of Heating System Is Right for Your Home?

There’s a reason Palm Springs is a famous vacation spot, popular enough to inspire the jazz classic “Palm Springs Jump” by Slim Gaillard: beautiful warm weather around the year. But… cold weather happens, and if you want to stay comfortable during those December-through-February days when the temperature can drop to the 40s at night, you’ll need an efficient heating system. What sort of Palm Springs, CA heating installation will work best for you?

We can’t give you a direct answer to that in a blog post, because we don’t know your home’s specific needs. However, we can find out: give us a call at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning and we’ll look over which of these options (and others) will give you the comfort you need:

Heat pump: These are superb systems for a location with hot summers and mild winters, since they act as both air conditioners and heaters.… Read more

Should I Replace an Air Conditioner That Uses R-22 Refrigerant?

You may have heard something about air conditioners that run on R-22 refrigerant, and realized that your home has one. What you probably heard was that R-22 is being phased out and it’s a good idea to have a new AC put in as a replacement before too long. These aren’t just rumors or hearsay: if you have an older air conditioner that uses R-22 refrigerant, we strongly urge you to arrange for an air conditioning replacement in Palm Springs, CA in the near future.

What Is R-22?

The earliest refrigerants used for air conditioners were toxic or flammable, but they were eventually replaced with safer chemical blends. R-22 (chlorodifluoromethane) was one of the most widespread, both for residential and commercial use.… Read more

Russell’s Is One of the Top 100 HVAC Blogs!

f you’ve stopped by our blog regularly to find out more about the services we offer or to learn about how your heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems work, you are not alone! Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning is listed as one of the Top 100 HVAC Blogs and Websites for HVAC Contractors and Homeowners. And we didn’t just barely scrape onto the list—we’re ranked at #35! Feedspot bases their list on Google rankings, influence and popularity on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the quality and consistency of the posts, and Feedspot’s own editorial team review and expert opinion. We’ve been doing something right!

But honestly, we’re not surprised with our high ranking. We have years of experience helping homes and businesses with our skill and our dedication to the best in customer service.… Read more

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

Start to Prepare for Allergy Season Early

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningWe may not experience major seasonal swings here in the warmth of Southern California, but that doesn’t mean we miss out on seasons all together. One season that we experience like the rest of the country is “allergy season.” Because of our climate, our allergy season can start as early as February!

There are ways you can get yourself ready for allergy season, aside from taking medication. One of the best ways is to improve your home’s air quality systems to get rid of the pollen and other pollutants that create runny noses, wheezing, sneezing, and the other general ickiness that comes along with this time of the year. With the help of indoor air quality professionals, you can enjoy a much healthier first half of the year.… 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

4 Things You May Not Know About Your Indoor Air Quality

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningPoor indoor air quality is a common problem for both homes and residential buildings. But it’s also poorly understood. People often don’t realize they have air quality issues until they develop serious symptoms related to whatever is floating around in their air.

Below we’ve put together a list of four things you may not have realized about your home’s indoor air quality. The purpose isn’t to alarm you—although a few of these facts may be unsettling—but to get you to take action to solve the problems before they worsen. Issues with indoor air quality in Palm Springs, CA can be solved with the assistance of IAQ professionals who work with air filters, air purifiers, duct sealing, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, duct cleaning, and more.… Read more

Why Do I Have Hot and Colds Spots in My Home?

This is a question that we sometime hear from our clients: “Why am I finding cold and hot spots around my house?” This is a result of uneven heating and cooling, and there are a number of different reasons for it to occur. We’ll look at some of the more common as well as what you can do to restore the even comfort in your household.

Hot and Cold Spots—Why It Happens

  • The simplest reason is because of heat escaping or entering a room through a window or other air leak. Check to make sure windows in the hot/cold areas are secure and there are no draughts entering.
  • Problems with the ventilation system are one of the most common reasons for uneven temperatures around a house.
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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 the Installation of Your Air Conditioning System is So Important

Getting a new air conditioning system installed in your home is a huge decision and one that you will have to live with for many years. You rely on your air conditioning system a lot—especially during the summer when it gets really hot here in the desert. One of the best things that you can do for the performance, consistency and efficiency of your AC system is to get it installed by a professional Palm Springs air conditioning technician. Here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer a full range of air conditioning installation services and we wanted to share some of the benefits to getting your air conditioner installed by a pro. Give us a call if you have any questions or if you’re interested in getting help with your new air conditioning system.… Read more

Why Does the Pilot Light in My Heater Keeping Going Out?

If you use an older natural gas furnace to provide heat for your house, it probably has a standing pilot light to ignite the burners whenever the system turns on. When the furnace is working as it should, the pilot light will remain burning steadily throughout the season.

But a common problem that people with furnaces run into is a pilot light that keeps going out. An unlit pilot light means that the burners can’t come on and the furnace won’t work. (A device called a thermocouple is designed to recognize when the pilot light fails and then shut off the burner as a safety precaution.)

Our customers often call us because of a pilot light they can’t keep lit. Below are some of the reasons this might happen:

  • Faulty thermocouple – The thermocouple detects when the pilot light is on, and sends an electric current to the gas line to keep a valve open.
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It’s Late Summer… Is Your AC Doing Any of These Things?

“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

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.
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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.… Read more

How to Tell if Your Home Needs a New Heater

In Palm Springs, CA heating installation services are usually provided by the same people who handle your air conditioning system. Air conditioning tends to loom larger in people’s minds here since our summers are as hot as they come. But the desert can get cold in the winter at night, and we shouldn’t let our blazing Julys overshadow the needs for our chilly Januaries. Heaters can last a long time in our weather, but when they break down you need to install a new one quickly before the temperatures start to drop. Call our Palm Springs heating installation technicians if you think you might need a new heater.

Here’s how to tell if your home needs a new heater.

In general, you need to look for a failing performance on your old heater.… 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

How a UV Air Purifier Will Benefit Your Air Conditioner

We’re proud to offer our customers many indoor air quality services that can help to keep down the irritating pollutants that can make spring allergies miserable for many people. We install air filtration systems that keep the majority of harmful pollutants from circulating through a home. We also install UV air purifiers that eliminate dangerous molds, bacteria, viruses, and germs from the ventilation system.

But UV air purifiers have another important function in households: they can help air conditioners work more energy efficiently and last longer. Even if you haven’t experienced trouble with organic pollutants in your household, you should consider a UV air purifier installation for the summer to benefit the air conditioning system.

Why is a UV air purifier helpful for the air conditioner?

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Does a Package Unit Work Much Differently from a Split System?

One of the installations that we offer to our customers is a packaged unit for indoor comfort. This is a type of heat pump or air conditioner that’s completely housed outside of a building, rather than half inside and half outside. Packaged units are the most common way for commercial buildings to enjoy central heating and cooling. (Those units you see on the top of commercial buildings? Those are packaged units.) But they sometimes have use for homes as well, such as smaller homes that don’t have room to house an indoor component for a heat pump or air conditioner.

People are often confused about what makes a packaged unit different from a split system, aside from the way the unit is laid out.… Read more

What We Check During Your AC Maintenance

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

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

3 Steps to Breathing Cleaner Air in Your Home

In Palm Springs, CA, indoor air quality is harder to come by than it seems. Our desert climate means that there’s a lot of dust in the air, augmented by pollen and allergens in the spring. Your home should be a respite from that, which means keeping your indoor air quality as high as possible. Doing so takes diligence and effort, but you can get help from your air conditioning service technician. Here are 3 steps to breathing cleaner air in your home.

  • Replace the filters in your air conditioner regularly and keep your HVAC unit clean. The filters help keep dirt and dust out of your AC system, which can be distributed through your house via the air ducts. Replacing your filter often will prevent this from happening, as will routine maintenance sessions from an air conditioning service expert.
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How Your Thermostat Can Negatively Impact Your Cooling System

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

Is Regular Duct Cleaning Really Necessary?

We often hear this question from our customers, and we understand why people may feel hesitant about scheduling duct cleaning work. The unfortunate truth is that there are a number of disreputable companies and individuals that claim to offer duct cleaning, but are actually only looking to upsell homeowners on other products while providing the most minimal job possible when it comes to the actual cleaning. They’ll only clean what you see, pretending they’ve done a complete cleaning when they’re really done your HVAC system no good at all. (Basically, they just push the dust back farther into the ductwork.)

But just because there are inferior duct cleaning services out there who try to lure customers with extremely low prices doesn’t mean that duct cleaning isn’t an important service.… Read more

Get Ready for “Godzilla” El Niño with Furnace Maintenance!

Southern California experiences some of the mildest winters in the continental United States. Our “heating season” usually means a few cool days, some slighter colder nights, and the occasional rainfall. You need to have a working heating system for this time, but it isn’t as major a concern for most homes as keeping the air conditioner working.

However, this winter in Southern California may be much colder than usual. The prediction of a possible El Niño event in the coming months, one large enough to have earned it the nickname “Godzilla,” could result in heavy rains across California. You don’t need to panic about El Niño, but you should take precautions to see that you have the heating necessary to make it through the season in comfort.… Read more

Noises That Mean You Should Schedule Furnace Repair

Here in Palm Springs, CA furnace repair issues matter more than you might think. We live in a desert, which certainly means hot days. But nights can get very cold and if your furnace goes on the fritz, you could be looking at a chilly and uncomfortable household until you get it fixed. Learning to spot early signs of trouble is a good way to get on top of the problem quickly, before it creates a serious shutdown. Sounds, in particular, can clue you in to a growing issue with your heater: noises that mean you should schedule a furnace repair.

Generally speaking, any noise that you don’t recognize as part of the normal functioning of your heater probably merits a look by a professional.… 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 Consider During the Installation of Your Air Conditioning System

Finding a new air conditioning system can be a hard task for many homeowners. Here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning we want to help make the process easier which is why we put together a quick list of some of the things to consider as you move through the process. Give us a call if you need any kind of air conditioning installation service in Palm Springs, CA or if you have any questions about your home’s AC system.

Palm Springs, CA Air Conditioning Installation Services

Getting a new air conditioning system installed in your home is a huge decision and one that you have to live with for many years to come. You want to make sure that you get the right system and then that it gets installed with good quality.… Read more

Can I Put Radiant Heating in My Home?

Radiant heating is a unique form of heating that involves warming your home through the floor. It offers a number of advantages over traditional heating systems and here in Palm Springs, CA heating trends tend to favor its use over other systems. “Can I put radiant heating in my home?” you ask. The answer is almost always “yes,” though obviously there will be some specifics involved.

As with any other type of heater, you first need to properly size your home. Heating output is measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units. You basically need 50 BTUs for every square foot of space in your home, with modifications made based on factors like sunlight exposure in your home and the amount of insulation in your attic.… Read more

3 Tell-Tale Signs That You Need Heating Repair

Palm Springs isn’t a location known for the bone-rattling cold that whips through it every winter. People flock here from December through February to take advantage of average highs in the balmy and relaxing 70s.

But no place on Earth can expect an ideal warm climate all the time, and Palm Springs does experience fluctuations that can mean temperatures in the 40s during winter evenings, plus a few rainy days. The heater in your home still needs to be ready for anything. But is it?

Here are 3 signs that it might not be. If you need heating repair in Palm Springs, CA before the cold threatens our vacation paradise, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.… 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

A Closer Look at Air Conditioning Maintenance

Russell's Heating and Air ConditioningIt’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.

Maintenance is easy and hassle-free when you sign up for our professional maintenance program. This program includes both air conditioning and heating tune-ups during the year. Talk to one of our specialists to find out the details and benefits.… Read more