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.

What Those Noises Could Be Telling You

The odd sounds from your air conditioning could indicate problems large or small. However, small problem willbecome large problems if they are ignored, so you should call for repairs no matter what.

  • Hissing: This sound often warns that there is refrigerant escaping somewhere in the system. Low refrigerant will cause a drop in cooling, but worse, it can potentially cause damage to the compressor (leading to it overheating and burning out) and lead to ice developing across the indoor evaporator coil. Low refrigerant must be remedied as soon as possible.
  • Mechanical grinding, groaning, shrieking: These noises are often a warning of trouble with the motors, such as low lubrication or dirt on the bearings. The motors may burn-out if not attended to, which will lead to non-functioning fans or the compressor.
  • Striking and banging: This is often trouble in the blower or the outdoor fan due to damage that has bent the blades, leading to the fan striking the outer casing. If not repaired, this damage will spread to other components and lead to even large repairs.
  • Clicking at start-up: If you hear clicking noises as the air conditioner’s compressor comes on, it usually indicates that the capacitors that start the motors and keep them running are starting to fail. When capacitors fail, the motors will no longer be able to run.

Any unusual sound from an AC means that the system is wearing down someplace where it shouldn’t, and you can expect to start paying more on your electric bills until the air conditioner stops working entirely. The moment that you detect one of these noises, shut down the AC and call a skilled professional.

You can depend on the team at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning to handle any needs you have for air conditioning repairs in Palm Springs, CA. We have 24-hour emergency service available, so you don’t have to let that warning sound in your AC continue for one moment longer than necessary.

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. We can make sure that your air conditioning installation in Palm Springs, CA is completed professionally.

Let’s take a look at what makes installation so important:

  • Size. Perhaps more so than any other single factor, the size of your AC will continue to impact your cooling experience long after the installation is done. An overly small system suffers from high energy costs and the risk of inadequate cooling, while an overly large system suffers from short-cycling. Pro installation ensures that you have an AC that matches the size of your living space.
  • Reliability. Simply put, you need your AC to last. One of the main benefits of pro installation is that you know the job is done right, which means that you can rely on your AC to work hard for you, despite the temperature outside. Amateur and DIY installation can lead to faulty connections, which can further lead to premature breakdowns and frequent repairs down the line.
  • Quality. A new air conditioning system is a major investment of your time and resources. It’s not something you do very often, and your home’s comfort and convenience will depend upon it for years to come. High quality equipment is incredibly important to ensure a great cooling experience, but equally important is the quality of the installation itself. Only by hiring a knowledge professional can you expect great performance.

Call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning today for all of your air conditioning installation needs in Palm Springs, CA.

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. Maintenance is essential for heating, cooling, and ventilation equipment, usually twice a year but sometimes more depending on the equipment. It’s true for homes, and it’s doubly true for commercial buildings, where much more is riding on the HVAC working right than just unhappy and uncomfortable family members.

The Main Benefits of Commercial HVAC Maintenance

We put together a bullet-point list to show you why a professional HVAC maintenance plan is not only worth it, it’s essential!

  • Stop heating and cooling emergencies: Here in the deserts of Southern California, you’re likely to run into a heating emergency without proper maintenance. You never want an AC to fail when the temperature is above 80°F, let alone the 100°F temperatures we often have. But a heating emergency is possible as well during the cooler winter months. Maintenance is designed to head off problems before they become problems, identify places where repairs need to be done, and cleaning and tuning-up the system for mostly problem-free performance through the seasons.
  • Lower repair costs: We can prevent 85% of the repairs your HVAC equipment may need over its lifetime through regular maintenance. That not only saves you money, it saves you inconveniences.
  • Better energy efficiency: Through a maintenance plan for your business, you can expect the equipment to work at its best and not unnecessarily drain money through poor performance.
  • Extended equipment life: It’s costly to replace a commercial heating or cooling system. You will eventually need to, but maintenance can more than double the service life of heating and AC equipment.
  • Peace of mind: This is the best benefit of all. With a commercial HVAC maintenance plan, you have one less thing to worry about and can concentrate on other parts of your business.

To set up commercial HVAC maintenance plans for a Palm Springs, CA business, or a business anywhere else in the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities, we’re the local contractor to turn to. We have more than 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry, and we offer extensive service for commercial HVAC systems, including cooling towers, packaged units, and rooftop units. Place your maintenance needs in our hands, and we’ll help make your company a success each day with a well-working heating, cooling, and ventilation system.

For exceptional customer service, please get in touch with our officeRussell’s Heating & Air Conditioning!

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. Heat pumps operate similarly to  standard air conditioners (indeed, an air conditioner is a kind of “heat pump,” although it’s not what we mean when we use the term): refrigerant moves heat from indoor condensing coils to the outdoor evaporator coils. A heat pump can reverse the process, making the two coils swap jobs. Heat pumps aren’t as effective in extreme cold—but for Palm Springs they are ideal.

Furnace: These old standbys remain popular to this day because of their relative low initial cost, flexibility with fuel source, effective heat levels, and easy installation if you already have ducts. With so many varieties of furnaces available, we can easily find a model that’s right for your home.

There are many more options to consider, and each of them involves further choices to get you to the type, model, and size of system that will match your home. Make sure you have professionals helping you each step of the way. Contact Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning for quality heating installation in Palm Springs, CA. Since 1980, we’ve given our Palm Springs customers year-round home comfort.

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. It became the most common type of refrigerant for both central air conditioners in homes and for window units. It replaced a number of known ozone-depleting blends such as CFC-11 and CFC-12.

Unfortunately, R-22 is still not ozone-depleting enough for the current standards, and it’s also a greenhouse gas with high global warming potential that’s more than 1800 times as powerful as carbon dioxide. For these reasons, global phaseout efforts started in the late 1990s to replace R-22 with an ozone-safe blend called R-410A, which also is a less powerful greenhouse gas.

The Phaseout in the U.S.

In accordance with the Montreal Protocol, the United States has started in earnest a complete phaseout of R-22 to be completed by 2020—right around the corner. The first three stages have already been reached:

  • 2004 – The U.S. reduces consumption of R-22 and all hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 35%.
  • 2010 – All U.S. manufacturers of air conditioners no longer manufacture systems that use R22. (If your current system was installed after this, then it uses R-410A or another non-ozone-depleting blend.)
  • 2015 – The consumption of R-22 and other HCFCs reduced by 90%.
  • 2020 – Phaseout completed, with no further R-22 produced to service existing systems. Only refrigerant that has been recycled and reclaimed will be allowed to be used.

What This Means for Your AC

Air conditioning system do not “use up” refrigerant as they run, so if you have an R-22 system, you theoretically shouldn’t need to worry about having to add more refrigerant. But that theoretical part is important, because leaking refrigerant is a common problem. Right now R-22 is extremely costly to purchase because so little of it is being manufactured. And in a few years, it will be almost impossible to fix an R-22 air conditioner with a leak. We encourage you to start planning to replace your aging system—and it’s probably old enough that you’d want to replace it no matter what.

With fall coming up in a couple of months and a period of cooler weather (well, cooler for where we live), we’d recommend scheduling an air conditioning replacement service with us to install an AC that uses R-410A. There are many benefits to reap from a new system, such as increased energy efficiency and fewer worries about an AC breakdown. But knowing you’ll always be able to replace the refrigerant without worry in case of a leak is one of the best benefits.

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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. It’s part of our job to see we that have informed customers, which is why we enjoy sharing energy-saving tips, guides to tell when an air conditioner or heater needs repairs, advice on what type of cooling or heating system might be best for a home, and much more. We will continue to offer the finest in HVAC blogging in the future. Congratulations to our exceptional blogging team for their hard work!

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning serves the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities. Call us today for exceptional customer service in Palm Springs, CA.

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. Doing this has a few potential benefits.

  • Reduced repair – When you have a professional inspecting your air conditioning system on a regular basis they will be able to find small problems and fix them early. This might be able to reduce the need for repairs.
  • Extended equipment life – Often it is small problems that can be the demise of your air conditioning system. By finding those issues during regular maintenance visits you might be able to extend the life of your air conditioner.
  • Efficiency – When you turn on your air conditioning system you want it to cool your home but use as little energy as possible. The small issues and problems that your AC unit develops over time can cause it to work harder to cool your home. Fixing those problems early can help return some of the efficiency to your system.

When to Consider Air Conditioning Replacement Service

Something else to consider before the summer is replacing your current air conditioning system. If you have an older air conditioning system or if yours has started to require more frequent repair you could benefit greatly from an air conditioning replacement.

For all your air conditioning services in Palm Springs, CA, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We Have years of experience working with all different kinds of AC systems.

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.

What causes allergy season?

Good question! Why does allergy season start up in the early fall—and sometimes in the winter? The reason is the change in temperature at this time of year can lead to early pollination of the plants that trigger allergies. Wet conditions right before the warming trend will also promote this early bloom, as well as increase the growth of mold that releases toxic mold spores, a major source of allergy problems.

There are many types of plants in our area that can release allergens, such as sagebrush, Russian thistle, and tumbleweed. Allergies aren’t just limited to flowers! When you add in the wind blowing the pollen around, allergy season can be a miserable time for many people, not only those with sensitive allergies.

How can indoor air quality systems make allergy season easier?

Any IAQ system that reduces the number of pollutants circulating around your house is a big help. Thankfully, this is what most air quality systems do—but you have to ensure you have the right type installed to target problems.

  • Air filters are the most basic precaution to take against allergens. Filters stop pollen and dander from moving through them using a media, such as fiberglass strands, to trap them. There are many filters designed to counteract allergens, but you have to be cautious that your house doesn’t have filters that are so thick they will also stop airflow and possibly harm your HVAC system. (HEPA filters, found in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, are too powerful for most homes.) IAQ experts will match any filters to your HVAC system.
  • Air purifiers target the particles which may escape a filter. If it’s impossible to put a strong enough filter into your ventilation system to stop all the pollutants, then pairing the filters with an electronic air purifier should get the job done.
  • UV air purifiers are the best method to deal with allergy problems due to mold spores and microbes. These pollutants are hard to trap or eliminate using other methods, but the power of ultraviolet light kills them without placing any chemicals into the air.

Whether you need an air filtration system or an air purifier in Palm Springs, CA to help you get ready for the allergy season, you can depend on us and our indoor air quality services.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning serves the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities.

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. All this use can really take a toll on your equipment. For all your Palm Springs, CA air conditioning repair services make sure that you call the professionals at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning.

  • Not enough cooling – One of the most common issues that we get called for is not enough cooling. If your AC is blowing warm air or if it just isn’t able to keep your home cool, it likely means that you need Palm Springs, CA air conditioning repair. This could be caused by broken thermostats, a bad fan motor or a faulty compressor motor.
  • Unusual noises – If you start to hear your air conditioning system making a new noise it likely means that something has gone wrong with it. Squealing is usually caused by an old fan belt that needs to be changed. If you hear a hissing noise it likely means that you have a refrigerant leak somewhere. Gurgling is normally caused by low refrigerant.

If you’re having any problems with your air conditioning system just call the Palm Springs, CA air conditioning repair experts at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ll be able to get your system back up and working again quickly.

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.

ONE: Indoor Air Pollution Is a Top 5 Environmental Danger

According to the U.S. EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the top 5 health hazards people in the country face daily. The EPA estimates that the air quality in homes is around 3 to 4 times worse than the air outdoors. The reason for this is the many sources of air pollutants located inside a home which do not escape to the outdoors because of poor ventilation. Chances are high that your home has air quality that could be improved.

TWO: Indoor Air Quality Has Increased Pediatric Asthma Rates

Young children are at the most risk of poor indoor air quality, and asthma is the most common condition resulting from their exposure to it. Studies have shown a steep rise in pediatric asthma rates, many of which can be traced to indoor air pollutants.

THREE: There Are Pollutant Sources Everywhere in a House

One of the most frustrating parts about poor indoor air quality is that it’s difficult to stop at the source. Second-hand smoke is an obvious danger to air quality, but it’s easy to identify and reduce. But there are many common items in homes that emit airborne pollutants, and it’s almost impossible to get rid of all of them—especially when you consider that one source is the building material of the house itself! Other indoor air quality pollutant sources include hobby supplies, paint and varnishes, cosmetics, household cleaners, and byproducts from cooking.

FOUR: There Is No Single Solution to Improving Indoor Air Quality

There’s no magical device for a home that will eliminate all the pollutants circulating through it. Usually it takes a combination of air quality systems to handle the job. Air filters are an excellent place to start, since they remove the larger particles from the ventilation system. But a home can’t have a filter that’s too strong or it will put restrictions on airflow and possibly damage the HVAC system. Air purifiers are an excellent backup to catch the particles that escape filters. UV air purifiers are an option to deal with mold spores, germs, and microbes. A home that has leaky air ducts will need them sealed to stop extra pollutants from entering into the ventilation system. The best way to solve your IAQ problems is to work with experienced HVAC professionals who will see you have the ideal combination of air quality systems.

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