Questions to Ask If You Think You Need a New AC

Monday, June 29th, 2020

an-old-air-conditionerI know that a heat wave is the last time when you want to worry about having new air conditioning in Maryville, TN. But when it’s hot here, it’s hot, and having an air conditioning installation isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity!

If you’re right now in the spot where you think it may be time for a new air conditioner, I encourage you to put some serious thought into it, and as soon as possible. Our team is here to help, but as much as I would love to develop canine mind-reading powers, none of us here will know you need our help until you ask for it! I’ve put a list below of some important questions to ask yourself when it looks like you may need an air conditioning replacement. If you have any uncertainties you can’t answer yourself, please call us. We can offer the professional analysis and opinions that will start you off on a solution.

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Short-Cycling: Why It Happens to an Air Conditioner

Monday, June 15th, 2020

air-conditioner-evaporator-coilI have a nice pattern for my life. It’s a bit mellower than for humans, but it keeps me busy. I nap on the couch when the sunlight hits it, I go on regular walks, I have my dinner, and I’ve got my regular blogging duties.

I bring this up because I want to talk to you about what happens when a routine gets interrupted. Not your routine. Your air conditioner’s routine. During the summer, when you have the AC running, it should work in familiar patterns: turning on, running for a stretch, then turning off for another stretch before starting up again. If you keep the thermostat setting steady during the day (which I recommend), these on-and-off patterns should stay about the same. This is called the cycle of the air conditioner.

But when you notice the AC is starting and stopping far more often than normal, you may have a problem called short-cycling. Sorry to say, but this isn’t good!

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Olive Answers Questions About AC Installation

Monday, May 18th, 2020

graduate-oliveLate spring is air conditioning installation season! If you’ve been thinking about getting a new AC to replace the old, tired one in your house, now is the best time to get started—that way you can switch on the new air conditioning system and get a great flow of cool air around your home in time for our hottest and most humid Tennessee days!

It sounds like I’m making it seem so simple. And you know, it kind of is—at least when you leave the work to our awesome team. But you’ve got questions, so I’m going to put on my “Professor Olive” cap and give you the best answers I can. (The only reason I can’t give the best answer is because that answer depends on your particular situation. When you call our team about air conditioning in Knoxville, TN, they can give you those details.)

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Here’s What NOT to Do If Your AC Breaks

Monday, May 4th, 2020

sun-iconThe heat is approaching! We’re going to start seeing the spikes in warm and humid weather strike in May, and it’s time for your air conditioner to earn its keep. That also means it’s time for our great team here to support you when you’ve got an AC emergency. We’re still on the job because we know how vital it is for our clients to have working cooling systems during humid Tennessee days.

In my time as a blogger dog, I’ve heard about plenty of homeowners who make big mistakes when their AC breaks down on them. It’s understandable, but also preventable. Below I’ve listed some things I want you not to do when you’ve got major AC trouble in the coming weeks.

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“Professionalism” Is NOT a Brand: It’s How AC Repairs MUST Be Done!

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Lies that HVAC contractors tellThe word professional gets tossed around a lot in all types of fields. The simple meaning of professional you’ll find in most dictionaries is “following an occupation for the purposes of livelihood”, i.e. doing a job for a living.

But professional can mean many different things when you put it in action. When I say something here like, “You need to have professional repairs for your air conditioning when it breaks,” it doesn’t mean find just anybody who makes money fixing air conditioners. It’s not a “brand” either, which anybody can “sell.” No, professional means people who make a living at AC repair … ­­because they are the only ones who are qualified, trained, and certified to do the work right.

The short version: professional repairs are the only way to do AC repairs. Anything else puts your air conditioner at serious risk of bigger problems.

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Give Your AC Some TLC With a Tune-Up! Plus, Virtual Estimates!

Monday, April 6th, 2020

daffodilsIt’s spring, and it means the time has come around once more for you to schedule a maintenance tune-up and inspection for your air conditioner.

I’ve said it before, but it always merits saying it again each spring and fall: maintenance is the most important service that we offer. Maintenance is not a “special” you might want to add to your HVAC system once in a while. It’s not like giving a dog some extra treats. It’s like remembering to feed your dog and take it to the vet regularly. It’s important for an HVAC system to have a regular tune-up and inspection twice a year. No other service helps keep your family safer and more comfortable with your heating and cooling system, and no other service pays off so much in the long-run.

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Olive’s Top Tips for Find a New Air Conditioning System

Monday, October 7th, 2019

onyx-unitAre you already worrying about your Christmas shopping in October? There’s not much I can tell you that will help ease those worries—I know exactly how much a crunch these final three months of the year can be! However, I can help with an important bit of shopping you can take care of in October that can be a great gift to your family in the near future: a new air conditioning system.

“Wait … air conditioning? Olive, the cold weather is just coming up?”

Oh, I know! Everyone here at Russell & Abbott anticipates another busy winter season helping our customers keep warm. But right now, during the fall stretch of warm-to-cool weather, is the ideal lull time to upgrade parts of your HVAC system. If you think you need a new air conditioner, getting the work done now is convenient and lets you give extra time to think about your options.

And I have some expert tips about this! Because that’s my job:

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Please Don’t Put Off Late Season AC Repairs for Next Year!

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

wrenchesThis is an important reminder I bring up this time of year because staying on top of repairs for an air conditioning system makes a huge difference for the future of your cooling as well as your budget.

I’ll start with the best kind of analogy I know—a pet analogy! Let’s say you have a loveable pet dog (if you don’t, please look into adopting one!). One day you notice your happy pooch is acting sluggish, or not eating as much, or anything else that seems out of the ordinary. You can choose to wait and just hope the problem goes away. Or you can schedule an appointment with your trusted vet. Which is the better option? The second one, obviously! Waiting on an illness is never a good idea.

I know that you don’t love your air conditioning the same way you love your pets. But you do love what an air conditioner does for you in the summer, and you probably also love having lower utility bills each month and not having to spend money where it’s unnecessary. Because of all this, please always move fast to have air conditioning repair in Loudon, TN done, even if fall weather is right around the corner.

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Take Your AC Back to School—Find Out If You Need a New One

Monday, September 9th, 2019

service-checkmarkI’ve gone to dog schools before, and although they usually don’t hand out report cards for canine training, I’m familiar with grading systems. And those grades and report cards are on my mind right now because it’s September and folks are heading back to school. So I came up with this idea … why not take your air conditioning system back to school?

No, I don’t mean to pack the AC into your car and drive it to Maryville High School. You can’t pick up a central AC anyway! What I mean is to give your air conditioning system a report card about its performance during the summer. If your air conditioner did poorly, it either needs repair work, or else it needs to retire. Figuring this out now, as the weather cools down in fall, provides you with a convenient period to arrange to have the AC fixed or replaced.

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Watch Out for These AC Scams From Non-Professionals!

Monday, August 26th, 2019

moneyI always want to bring good news to people, because I’m one of those friendly dogs who loves to make folks happy. I’d love nothing better than to tell you all about the specials we offer and the way our team can help you enjoy better cooling in your house.

But I also have to bring bad news at times, because it helps my readers avoid bad news in the future. And the bad news I’ve got today is that not all people who work on air conditioners are as honest or as skilled as the Russell & Abbott team. In fact, there are plenty of non-pros out there who are running scams that aim to part people from their money and leave them with a bad air conditioning system.

I’ve put together a list of some of the scams you might run into. Remember, when you need real professionals who’ll give you honest work done right, just whistle and we’ll come running!

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