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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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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Why an Honest Contractor Is So Important for Better Air Conditioning

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Heating and Air RedneckWhen I was writing this post, I was thinking of titling it “Lies My Contractor Told Me.” But I wouldn’t want you, dear readers, to think I meant our team at Russell & Abbott! Honesty is our policy because we know how much it means to customers. We’ve built up a successful business because local homeowners trust us. This honesty isn’t only good business, it’s also being a good neighbor—we’re a part of this community, and we want to do our part to make it a great community.

The contractor I was thinking of when I came up with this list is the other type of contractor. The contractor that makes up stories just to make an extra sale for something a customer doesn’t need and which won’t create better air conditioning! Working with an honest contractor means you won’t hear false advice like this…

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I Keep Lowering the Temperature, But My AC Won’t Make the Home Cool Enough!

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headWhen I get too hot, I pant. It’s a simple trick we dogs have done for centuries, and it works pretty well—even with the fur coat. When people get hot, they turn on their air conditioning systems by adjusting the thermostat to a lower temperature.

But what if that didn’t work? The air conditioner is running, but the cool air coming from the vents isn’t overcoming the heat the way it’s supposed to. You lower the thermostat more, but nothing helps. The house is still too hot and stuffy. What’s happening?

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Olive’s Gardening Tips for a Better AC (Rocks, Not Mulch!)

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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I’d love to tell you that I’ve got a green thumb, but the truth is I don’t actually have any thumbs at all. But I’ve got green paws—I know all about the best gardening tips when it comes to protecting your air conditioning system.

Okay, I can hear what you’re thinking right now. “What in the world does gardening have to do with my air conditioning system?” You might be surprised to discover that good garden planning can help your air conditioner work at higher efficiency and avoid many different repair problems.

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Want to Avoid AC Repair This Year? Here’s How to Start!

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Onyx---Iced-TeaRepairing air conditioners is a big part of what keeps us busy during the summer. Our team is ready to come to your rescue when you’ve got a cooling system that just isn’t doing the “cooling” part.

But we also understand that you’d rather not have to call us for air conditioning repair in Farragut, TN or elsewhere in the first place. It’s much better to prevent repairs ahead of time so you can sail through the summer with one less thing to worry about.

“Okay, Olive, how do I prevent repairs? I don’t know how to tinker with my AC.”

Ah, great point! You don’t want to tinker with your AC no matter what. The only people you want opening up the air conditioner’s cabinets and going in there with tools are licensed HVAC professionals. There are a few things you can do to help your air conditioner run better that don’t require any expert knowledge, such as regularly changing the air filter. However, in this post, I’m going to tell you about the best place to start with repair prevention…

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Keeping Your AC’s Drain Line Clean

Monday, July 16th, 2018
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Don’t let your AC corrode like this!

It’s humid here in East Tennessee! Of course, I don’t need to tell you that—you live it every day, and in the summer it can get intense. As a dog, humidity doesn’t quite affect me the same way it does you. You see, the reason you feel hotter on a humid day is that all the moisture in the air makes it harder for you to release heat through sweating. Dogs don’t actually sweat (okay, a little bit through the paws), we release heat by panting.

However, as an HVAC expert dog, I know quite a lot about why humidity is such a big deal. I’ve talked about how to deal with humidity to stay cool in other blogs. but today, I’m going to look at all that moisture in the air and how it affects your air conditioner.

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It’s Not Normal to “Top Off” Refrigerant in Your AC System

Monday, June 18th, 2018

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantSomething that keeps me busy all the time in my job as an HVAC Blogger Dog is tracking down myths and misconceptions about home heating and air conditioning systems. There are plenty out there, and I’ve dealt with quite a few before on my blog. Some of these myths are basic misunderstandings that spread around until too many people think they’re the truth. Others, unfortunately, are outright deceptions used by dishonest—and unlicensed—so- called “technicians” who want to trick people out of money by fixing a problem that doesn’t exist.

The myth of needing to “top off refrigerant” in an air conditioning system is usually a misunderstanding. We often receive calls during the summer from customers who think they have to have a bit more refrigerant to get through the summer. In most cases, they don’t. I’ll explain.

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What Does It Take to Be HVAC Licensed in Tennessee?

Monday, May 21st, 2018

service-checkmarkPeople sometimes ask me: “What does it mean that Russell & Abbott is licensed?” It’s a good question, because we make a point of informing customers that we’re a fully licensed, bonded, and insured HVAC contractor. We want people to know they can trust us because licensing boards affirm that we know our stuff!

There are too many unlicensed workers out there (“Chuck in a Truck” as I like to call them) who offer cut-rate prices and end up delivering cut-rate work. Unlicensed work not only risks a sloppy job, it may even leave you liable for damages done to your home, or injuries to the unlicensed worker during the time he or she is on your property.

I talked about all this in my last post when I was going over the importance calling on true professionals for your air conditioning maintenance. Today, I’m going to offer you the specifics about getting an HVAC license in Tennessee. Every state has different requirements, and I know all the facts about what you need to be considered an HVAC professional in Maryville, TN!

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