A rooftop unit may be useful in both residential and commercial uses alike. Rooftop units combine all of the components of a heating and air conditioning unit into a single cabinet located on the rooftop, saving space so that everything is in a single location. This is convenient for a couple of other reasons as well. For one, rooftop units contain modules which means it’s easy to modify as your property goes through any changes. Furthermore, during any repair or maintenance visit, the technician does not interrupt the day to day operation of your property.
So when is it time to repair your packaged rooftop unit? Check with a technician anytime that you suspect there are problems with your rooftop unit.… Read more
Yucaipa air conditioning concerns go beyond simple comfort into legitimate health issues. We live in a desert, and our air conditioning systems are the first, best line of defense against scorching triple-degree temperatures. It can be tempting to breathe a sigh of relief as cooling season comes to and end: when we can turn off our air conditioners and give our electric bills a break. Before that happens, however, it pays to take a few steps to help keep your air conditioner running at its peak. Here’s what to do before cooling season is over.
- Schedule a maintenance session with a qualified service technician. A full summer of use can result in a lot of wear and tear on your system, as parts wear down and fittings become loose.
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In the California deserts, our hot season stretches far into the fall, so keeping an air conditioner in good shape is important. But perhaps you’re looking to get a bit more from your system: better quality cooling, more cost-efficient performance. Here are a few upgrades to consider installing for the late season. The Yucaipa air conditioning technicians at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning are available to perform the installations you need for an improved AC.
Programmable thermostat: One of the best investments you can make in an air conditioner is to install a programmable thermostat. If you don’t have one, you could be spending additional money on your electric bills while not getting the highest quality cooling. Programmable thermostats give you precise control over the temperature that the sliders on manual thermostats won’t allow.… Read more
Both your air conditioning and heating system no longer perform the way you’d like them to. You know it’s time for replacement, but you’re not sure if you want to go through the trouble of replacing both systems. This is the situation that leads many homeowners to decide to purchase a heat pump. A heat pump is a heating and air conditioning system all in one that works perfectly in the Yucaipa weather. In fact, heat pumps are one of the most efficient types of systems available on the market today. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of using a heat pump for heating.
Heat pumps generally work like air conditioners, with both an indoor and outdoor unit.… Read more
Furnaces are one of the most commonly-used heating systems, and while they are durable, it is likely that at some point your furnace will require repair. Heating systems are complex, and working with a system that uses fossil fuels requires expertise and training. Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning has offered comprehensive heating services in Yucaipa since 1980, so if you experience problems with your furnace, call us right away.
3 Main Components
Here are 3 main components of a gas furnace:
The igniter is responsible for lighting the gas so that combustion occurs. There are two types of igniters:
- Intermittent pilot – a small pilot gas line opens when the thermostat cues the ignition process, and an electronic spark lights the pilot.
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August is officially “Late Summer,” even though the season doesn’t official stop until the end of September and the heat in Southern California will continue for a bit after that. But as far as an air conditioner is concerned, it’s late in the season if it’s already built up quite a bit of wear and tear from a few months of steady work. In our desert climate, any home AC puts in a tremendous amount of labor starting in May, so by August the system might either face trouble with malfunctions or start to run inefficiently and raise electrical costs.
We have a few tips for helping your air conditioner during the dog days of summer. When you need the assistance of professionals for repairs or other air conditioning services in Cathedral City, CA, we are here 24 hours a day.… Read more
As we move out of spring and into summer, you’re going to start using your air conditioner more and more often. That means increased stress on the system, which means a greater chance that it will develop a problem. If you want your air conditioner to make it through the summer without any major issues, the best thing to do is have some preventive maintenance conducted on it. Read on to find out why you should schedule air conditioning maintenance this spring.
Prevention vs. Cure
Everyone knows the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This applies to air conditioning repairs as well. Problems that develop in air conditioning systems are often not cheap to repair, especially if they happen to afflict a major part like the compressor.… Read more
In a desert town like Yucaipa, air conditioning systems are the only thing standing between us and triple-digit temperatures. A sturdy AC unit can last for a long time, but sooner or later, every air conditioning unit needs to be replaced. When AC shopping in Yucaipa, you want to make sure you get the right unit to fit your needs. Here are 3 features to look out for when determining the best air conditioner for you.
- Energy Efficiency. AC units all have a SEER (Season Energy Effectiveness Ratio) rating, determining how efficiently they cool your home. Modern AC units feature SEER ratings of 13 or above. Older ones can drop as low as 6. The higher the rating, the more it will save you on your monthly bills.
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If your air conditioning unit needs replacing for whatever reason, it pays to consider alternatives to traditional units that might serve you better. Heat pumps, for example, have a number of versatile qualities that give them advantages over traditional AC. Far from being restricted to heating, heat pumps combine both heating and coolinginto one extremely efficient unit. This efficiency becomes especially valuable during the hot summer months, where air conditioning is in almost constant demand.
Read on for some of the most desirable benefits of using a heat pump for cooling.
The first thing that sets heat pumps apart from more traditional air conditioning systems is their efficiency. By utilizing the surrounding environment in different ways, the heat pump can accomplish the same level of cooling that normal air conditioners can without having to work as hard.… Read more
Dry air inside our homes can be a common problem in Yucaipa, CA, both during the long warm season and the shorter cool season. When your home suffers from low humidity, the best solution is to contact an indoor air quality professional and arrange for the installation of a whole-house humidifier to balance the humidity levels. Portable humidifiers are a good choice if you only need to increase the humidity in a single room, like an infant’s, but they are ineffective when it comes to the rest of the house. With the help of a professional, you can have the humidity raised to pleasant and healthy levels without the danger of making the home too humid (and initiating a whole new set of problems.)… Read more
The days are beginning to warm up, and before long we’ll be in the middle of the hottest time of the year. That means it’s time to start getting your air conditioner prepped for the added stress of keeping you cool all summer long. Part of those preparations, however, include evaluating whether your air conditioner can even make it through another summer. If not, you’ll need to have it replaced with a new one. How can you tell if you need a new air conditioner? Read on to find out.
The easiest way to evaluate whether or not you need a new air conditioner is to look at the age of your current one. Most air conditioners are built to last around 15–20 years, with regular repairs and maintenance.… Read more
Every year in the spring, you must arrange for a maintenance visit for your air conditioning system from an HVAC professional. This will prepare for the rigors of another hot Southern California summer. But there is an important maintenance task that you will need to perform yourself each month during the summer: changing (or cleaning) the AC’s air filter.
Why do I need to do this?
The air filter protects the interior of the air conditioning cabinet from debris that enters through the return air ducts. As the filter traps dust, dander, and other particles, it will start to become congested. After a month of steady work (the sort you can expect during a California summer) the filter will be fully clogged.… Read more
Your air conditioning and heating system comes standard with an air filter that helps to clean the air, keeping contaminants from recirculating through your ducts. But these weren’t originally designed with health in mind. Air filters serve another key purpose: protecting your HVAC equipment from damage. While all filters are effective enough to block large debris from the AC unit, not all filters can reduce some of the main allergens common to most homes. If your indoor air quality is at stake, you may consider an electronic air filter or a UV air purifier as a supplementary device.
Call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning to talk about your Yucaipa air filtration system’s effectiveness and to decide whether a new electronic unit can benefit your home.… Read more
How much do you really know about the ducts in your home? Unfortunately, ducts are known to develop holes and cracks that can greatly interfere with your home heating and air conditioning system. Of course, your ducts are most likely hidden from view, and it’s very difficult for most homeowners to detect whether this is a problem in their homes. Detecting leaks requires professional equipment and a trained eye, so when you notice you’re spending far more on heating or cooling than you’d like, contact the experienced professionals at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning for duct repair and leak detection in Yucaipa.
The Trouble with Leaky Ducts
When a duct collapses, the problem may be obvious, but minor holes and cracks are not usually so apparent.… Read more
Electric furnaces are a relatively new type of heating system, in comparison to more traditional combustion-based furnaces. They have a number of advantages over more traditional systems, as well. Electric furnaces are more reliable, versatile, and environmentally friendly than gas-powered systems. They are not without their flaws, however. Let’s take a look at some common electric furnace repairs.
Burned Out Heating Element
Electric furnaces heat by running an electric current through a large heating element in the bottom of the furnace. As this heating element heats up, it warms the air being blown over it by the air handler. There is no need for a heat exchanger, because there are no combustion byproducts to worry about. However, the extreme amount of strain that these elements are put under over a long period of time eventually cause them to burn out.… Read more
The summer is the period when you will have the most concerns about your business’ HVAC system. The temperatures in the Inland Empire and the other Desert Communities can often reach brutal levels, and an air conditioning system that fails on one of the hottest days of the year usually means major trouble for any sort of commercial establishment.
If the current HVAC system that keeps your business cooled down during the summer is an older one, pay special attention to signs that it has worn down to the point where you should schedule a replacement. Repairs sometimes can keep systems running a bit longer; a commercial HVAC specialist will tell you when it is more economical to replace a system rather than letting it limp along with continual repairs.… Read more
Duct sealing is often cited as the best way to improve the energy efficiency of your home’s forced air system. Most homes are in desperate need of it. The US Department of Energy has found that the average home heating system loses approximately 30% of its total heat output to leaks in the ductwork. That’s nearly one-third of your total heat that’s completely going to waste. Beyond drastically improving heating and cooling efficiency, though, duct sealing can also help improve the air quality in your home. Why do you need your air quality improved? Let’s take a look at some of the common airborne contaminants that can be found in an average home, and how duct sealing helps to get rid of them.… Read more
Most air conditioning units, especially those used in homes, are comprised of two separate units. One unit is installed inside the house, where it is hooked up to the ductwork and power source. The other unit is installed outside the house, and is connected to the inside unit by a conduit that includes a refrigerant and power line. Air conditioners are constructed this way to both save space inside the house and facilitate the air conditioner’s operation. However, commercial buildings have another option available: packaged air conditioners. Let’s take a look at what packaged air conditioners are, and why you may want to install one for your business.
Anatomy of a Packaged Air Conditioner
Unlike a normal air conditioner, a packaged air conditioner does not have two separate units.… Read more
This is something we emphasize over and over: you should never attempt to make repairs to your home’s air conditioning system on your own. (Nor should you entrust the work to amateurs, although that’s a topic for another post.) Trust us, we understand the urge to go “do-it-yourself” and find a way to save money. But this isn’t an area where DIY is beneficial. Most of the time, it creates far worse problems.
Below are some of the troubles, large and small, that can occur should you decide to tackle that malfunctioning central air conditioning on your own:
You might injure yourself
This issue isn’t as major as it is with a gas-powered system like a furnace. But the threat still exists.… Read more
Air conditioning systems are complex refrigeration devices, and the majority of people only know a few of the basics about how they operate. They often know that something called refrigerant is an essential part of how the AC cools down a home. However, there is a common misunderstanding about refrigerant, which is that the air conditioning depletes it as it works to cool down a house. Thus, the above question.
But refrigerant does not work the fuel you put into your car. Fuel is the power source for a combustion engine. What’s the power source for an air conditioner? That’s right: electricity. Refrigerant is something entirely different from an energy source. Unless it experiences leaking along the refrigerant lines, an AC will not run out of refrigerant during its service lifeWhy you won’t run out of refrigerant
Refrigerant doesn’t supply energy to the air conditioner.… Read more
One of the well-documented problems with air conditioning systems is their effect on the atmosphere, and specifically on the ozone layer. In response to this problem, not only have new refrigerant types been developed, but laws have been put in place that phase out the main culprit of these problems: R-22 refrigerant, also known as Freon. Starting in the 1990s, production and use of Freon started to phase out, and as of January 1, 2020, the phase out will be complete. What does this mean for your air conditioner? Our Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning technicians have put together some information below.
What Are the Problems with R-22?
R-22 doesn’t just deplete the ozone: it emits greenhouse gases that contribute heavily to global warming.… Read more
It may be surprising to you to learn that the air inside your home is perhaps more polluted than the air outside. But the fact is, we keep our homes sealed very tightly as we’re running our AC and heating systems, which only traps in contaminants and allows particles to continue to circulate in the air.
Your respiratory health is at risk as you breathe in some of the most common contaminants found in homes in Yucaipa, such as bacteria, dander, pollen, and dust. You may have already noticed the effects of this if you have family members with asthma or allergies. Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning wants to help, which is why we’ve listed a few quick indoor air quality tips.… Read more
Yucaipa is a desert community, which means Yucaipa air conditioning maintenance is as important as car repairs or plumbing repairs. A smooth-running air conditioner maintains your home’s comfort levels, even when the temperatures climb into the triple digits. And the more efficient your air conditioner is, the less you’ll have to pay for that comfort with your monthly energy bills. A routine maintenance session can fix small elements like loose bolts, seal any leaks and recharge you refrigerant levels to optimum status. That can help keep small problems from becoming big ones. More importantly, it can keep your unit functioning at its peak. Here’s how routine air conditioning maintenance in Yucaipa improves energy efficiency.
In the first place, sealing leaks and tightening loose bolts and fittings reduces strain on the AC unit’s various components.… Read more
A majority of homeowners look for a way to save money when making a major change in the home. Installing a new central air conditioning system is one of the more costly projects you can take on, so you may be concerned about finding a system at a low initial cost. But what may be more important is finding out whether your unit will save you money over time. While some low-cost systems can be quite efficient, it’s vital to check on a couple of different factors to see if the lower price of your unit is worth the monthly bills that go along with it. Check out our quick guide to locating high efficiency AC systems in Yucaipa.
First, you should pay attention to the SEER.… Read more
Making sure your work environment is comfortable is critical to your business. But when you are in your business space, you are busy working, and it may not be so easy to determine when something is going wrong with your HVAC system. To help you get ahead of problems and know when to call for commercial HVAC repair in Yucaipa, the technicians here at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning have put together a short list to help you see the signs of impending problems:
Your business space may be large, but you’ll still hear strange sounds if they occur. Things like banging, buzzing, popping and screeching are not normal sounds and often indicate that a problem has developed with your system.… Read more
We’re glad to know that you want to look out for the operation of your air conditioning system over the summer. The most important step is to always see that you have spring maintenance scheduled for it. You should also change the air filters regularly (we have a post that goes into this in more detail). However, taking care of the refrigerant (a.k.a. “Freon”) inside the air conditioner is not a job you need to take on, and for two very good reasons.
ONE: Your air conditioner doesn’t “use up” refrigerant
The first reason that you won’t need to refill an AC’s refrigerant is because under normal circumstances the refrigerant level will remain the same.
People often make the mistake of thinking that refrigerant is a type of energy source for the air conditioner, its “fuel,” and the AC can run out of it over time.… Read more
You may have heard about something called ductless air conditioning before, a type of central air conditioning system that does not need a duct-based ventilation network to distribute air to the rooms in a house. Ductless ACs, also known as ductless mini splits, have been used in businesses such as restaurants and hotels for years. They are now popular in homes, particularly for new housing construction and historic buildings that lack the space for ventilation systems.
So how does central air conditioning work without ducts?
Think of a ductless AC as a cross between a window unit air conditioner and a conventional central air conditioner. Like a window unit, a ductless AC blows cooled air directly into a room from an individual unit that contains an evaporator coil and a fan.… Read more
If you are experiencing high levels of illness in your home, or if people who suffer from asthma and allergies are having a harder time coping than normal, one solution you should look into is a UV air purifier. Homes that are dealing with low indoor air quality because of viruses, microbacteria, mold spores, and other biological pollutants need to have special types of purifiers installed; standard air filters are usually insufficient.
Contact indoor air quality professionals first to help you identify the troubles that are affecting your home. These experts will determine if a UV air purifier is the right match to deal with your home’s air issues.
The basics of a UV air purifier
The UV air purifier is also known as a UV germicidal light, since it uses the power of ultraviolet light to kill off germs and other microbes that can reduce air quality.… Read more
One of the ways that malfunctioning mechanical systems give warnings to their owners that they are developing faults is through unusual noises. You know that when the engine of your car begins to make shrieking or grinding sounds that something major is wrong and the vehicle needs a visit to a mechanic. In the same way, your home’s air conditioning system can give you important omens of a coming breakdown through odd noises. One in particular to watch out for that is a bit less noticeable than some other warning sounds is hissing.
Why your air conditioner is hissing
Does that hissing sound resemble the noise of a high-pressure gas escaping from a pipe? That’s probably exactlywhat it is. An air conditioner hissing usually means that refrigerant in its gaseous state is leaking from the refrigerant lines somewhere in the system, or from loose connections to the compressor.… Read more
If your home’s air conditioner has already started to run for the season, but it seems like it isn’t doing the job it should, be thankful that you’ve discovered the problem now, as opposed to running into trouble during mid-summer. You will have time to call on AC repair specialists to have the problem fixed and see that the cooling system will make it through to fall without further serious malfunctions.
For fast and effective repairs from experts, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We have served Yucaipa, CA and the Inland Empire since 1980.
Reasons your air conditioner is losing cooling power
There are many different causes for an AC that is failing to keep a home sufficiently cool.… Read more
A cooling tower is a heat ejection device that cools water temperature and releases the removed heat straight up into the atmosphere. Some commercial cooling towers are simply immense, such as the 600-foot tall structures associated with nuclear power plants. However, you can also benefit from much smaller rooftop cooling towers, which are an extraordinarily helpful and often necessary way to remove the heat from industrial and manufacturing equipment, performing a job that a standard air conditioning system cannot.
Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning offers full services for commercial cooling towers in Yucaipa, CA. If you want to install cooling towers, we have the equipment and skill to do the job. If you need your current cooling tower repaired, give us a call.… Read more
If you are wondering about whether you should have a heat pump installed to deal with the summer temperatures in Yucaipa, CA or other parts of the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities, than you probably already know something about how a heat pump operates. The concern that some people have about heat pumps is how well they work at doing the two halves of their job: heating and cooling. “Is a heat pump better at doing one than the other? And will it work for my home in particular?”
We’ll answer both those questions in this post.
A heat pump’s cooling power vs. heating power
If the main function of a heat pump in your home will be as an air conditioner—almost certainly the case if you live in Southern California—then you have nothing to worry about.… Read more
With cooler weather arriving, people are now turning on their gas furnaces for the season. This is a time of the year when we often receive questions from customers about how their furnaces are supposed to operate. A question that frequently comes up is about the color of the pilot light in a furnace. Usually it burns blue, but sometimes to switches to orange. Why does this happen, and is it something to worry about?
Blue vs. Orange Pilot Lights
The first thing you need to know is that blue is the correct color for a pilot light. The reason that this happens is that methane—the primary chemical compound in natural gas—gives off a blue radiance when it’s ignited. You’ll probably see a touch of yellow near the tip of the flame, and that’s normal.… Read more
Not only is it irritating when your furnace won’t stay lit, it also can leave you chilly. It can be tempting to inspect your furnace yourself and maybe even try to adjust a few things to see if you can get your furnace to ignite; unless you have expert knowledge, this isn’t a good idea. Why? There are a number of reasons why your furnace won’t stay lit and unless you know what you are doing, it’s best to leave that work to an expert. The trained technicians at Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning can help with any heating problem you may have, so call us today!
Reasons for Non-Ignition
Here are some reasons why your furnace won’t stay lit:
Problems with Electronic Ignition
If your furnace has an electronic ignition system, it is one of two types: intermittent pilot or hot surface ignition (HSI).… Read more
Furnaces have come a long way in only the last few decades, with many advances that have made them both safer and more energy efficient than ever before. However, many homeowners cling to the older furnaces in their home, reluctant to replace them because of concerns about expense, or because they simply don’t realize that these out-of-date models are inferior and might even be safety hazards.
If you live in an older house, you might have a gas-fired floor furnace. This is definitely something that you should consider replacing with a newer model.
What’s a floor furnace?
A simply description is that a floor furnace is a furnace that’s level with the ground floor of a home. They’re located in a small room and often don’t even use blower fans, instead letting convection currents carry the heat up through the ventilation system.… Read more
Most people understand that having good insulation is important, but do you know why? Do you also know that having good insulation isn’t important just for the winter season, but year-round? Are you aware that there are several types of insulation available for homeowners to use? Having a basic understanding of how insulation works and the types available can help to answer why having good insulation in your home is so important.
What Does Insulation Do?
Heat naturally moves toward colder air; the job of insulation is to slow the transfer heat, significantly slowing this natural movement toward cooler air. During the winter, insulation stops heat from moving toward the colder areas of your home and the outside; in summer, insulation slows the hot air from the outdoors from moving into your cooled living spaces.… Read more
Your furnace is built to last for many years, with parts that are resistant to wear and tear, a number of built-in safety features, and a filter to keep debris from interfering with the operation of your unit. And yet, as the years go on, you may begin to notice that you spend more and more money on heating every year. Thankfully, Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning knows a few ways to improve this situation, and we discuss three of them below.
Change the Filter
When we tell people that some of their heating trouble is caused by a dirty filter that needs to be changed, we’re often asked, “But isn’t the filter just meant to help with air quality?” Well, the filter actually serves a couple of purposes.… Read more
Many people don’t understand how in-depth a maintenance appointment is, which is one of the reasons why scheduling a maintenance appointment can be overlooked. Annual heater maintenance involves a lot more than a quick visual inspection of your system. There are multiple steps involved, as well as thorough inspection and cleaning. To help you understand better what happens during a routine maintenance appointment, our Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning technicians have put together an overview outlining what happens during a routine maintenance appointment.
What Happens During a Heating Maintenance Appointment?
- Thorough inspection of entire system
- Small repairs as needed (corroded/frayed wiring, worn fan belts, etc.)
- Cleaning of components, including burner assembly
- Adjustments and lubrication of components
- Inspection of components for cracks or holes
- Checking and cleaning blower
- Check of refrigerant levels (for heat pumps only)
- Safety checks, including for carbon monoxide
- Testing of system performance
What Are the Benefits of Heating Maintenance?
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When your heating system stops working, your first instinct is probably to call up your HVAC technician right away. That isn’t actually a bad idea. However, there are a few things you’ll probably want to check first. Even if you do end up needing to call a professional, it helps to have an inkling of where the problem might be.
Thermostat malfunctions are a very common cause of heating systems acting strangely. The thermostat acts as the central control center for the entire heating system. The rest of your system could be perfectly fine, mechanically, and still not work if the thermostat is broken. Check the display to make sure that the temperature is correct and the heat is on.… Read more
To an extent, heating repairs are inevitable. After all, heating systems degrade over time like everything else. The primary goal, however, should be to ensure that your heating system lasts as long as physically possible before needing replacement. Frequent need for repair is often caused by a lack of proper maintenance, which shortens the life of your system. Let’s examine some of the things you can do to ensure that your heating system lasts as long as possible.
This is the biggest determining factor in the longevity of your heating system. Do you schedule regular, professional maintenance on your heater? If not, you should. It is recommended that you schedule maintenance at least once a year for your heating system, often during the fall.… Read more