It’s That Time of Year: Evaluate Your AC’s Performance

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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September is when I break out one of my old chestnut topics—but it’s a perennial topic for good reasons! The same way I make sure my good readers and Russell & Abbott customers know they need to schedule an air conditioning tune-up in Knoxville, TN each spring, I want you all to know that the start of fall (this week!) is a time to size-up how your air conditioning system performed over the summer.

No, I don’t want you to open the cabinet of your AC and look at it. Leave repairs to our pros. What I want you to do is ask questions about how well the central air conditioner did its job through the hottest months of the season. This will help you with future planning. And those plans may involve getting a new AC!

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Watch Out for Rusty AC Coils

Monday, July 27th, 2020

ac-coilsNobody wants anything to rust. It’s just not what you want to happen to metal! And yet, I’ve often discovered that people are willing to let “a little rust” get past them when it comes to important appliances like a central air conditioner. “After all,” they say, “What’s a little rust”?

No! I have to put my paw down on this. I’m going to tell you about the problem with rusty/corroded air conditioning coils. If you’ve found your way to my blog because you’re wondering if corroded AC coils are a problem, then you’re already ahead of the game and on your way to scheduling the air conditioning repair in Knoxville, TN to fix the problem.

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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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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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A Healthy HVAC System Is Good for You!

Friday, February 15th, 2019

woman-with-thermometerFebruary is a busy time for doctors and veterinarians—it’s the peak season for dog flu and human flu! I know a lot about both, since a) I’m a dog, and b) hang around a lot of humans. But did you know there’s another member of your household that can also get “sick” this time of year? It’s your HVAC system—and I have advice on how you can keep your HVAC system healthy during this time of the year, as well as the rest of the year. A healthy HVAC system means a healthier household overall—for pets and humans!

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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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Olive’s 1 Simple Trick to Avoid Air Conditioning Repairs This Year

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

man-in-front-of-fanNobody wants to have to arrange for air conditioning repair work in the middle of a hot summer day. And we don’t want you to have to go through this pain, even though it’s our job to handle the work. We would much rather you hire us to help you prevent air conditioning repairs!

And … oops, I already gave away the One Simple Trick from the title. Darn, I was hoping to build up some suspense about this, slowly pull back the curtain for a “Ta-Da!” moment. But it’s out in the open: the one simple trick for avoiding those pesky AC repair jobs this year is to have our professionals give your system a tune-up before the hot weather arrives. This is often called preventive maintenance, but I like to think of it as good sense. It’s the same as when I go to the vet regularly for check-ups and medicine to make sure I don’t get sick. Think of this as taking your air conditioning to the vet for a check-up, except the vet comes to you and your air conditioner won’t want a treat afterwards.

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Ways to Get the Coolest Cooling from Your AC

Monday, March 26th, 2018

air-conditioner-on-leavesSummer time, wooo! Okay, actually it’s spring time—and the weather isn’t yet at the point where I can start quoting great song lyrics about summer warmth. (Also, I checked: quoting song lyrics is kind of a “no-no,” and I am very law abiding dog.) But, it is spring, and that means I can officially put on my “AC Expert” bandana and give you some advice on how to get your air conditioning system ready for warm weather so you’ll get the most out of it.

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Do You Know This Dark and Dirty Secret?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Dirty-secret-oliveOh, I hope I didn’t scare you away with that title! Or maybe … I got your attention? Well, you’re reading this, so it must mean you’re interested in hearing this big secret. Okay, I’m just gonna lay it out there, give you the real dirt, which is that …

DIRT is the #1 reason for HVAC system failure.

It isn’t age! A system wearing down can lead to an AC or heating system failure, but dirt and grime are much more likely to get to it first. Dirty is like a wave of devious little spies getting into the tiny parts of the HVAC system and then sabotaging it. (For my canine friends, think of it like a massive flea attack. Yeah, they’re small, but they’re nasty.) This dirt means an expensive repair call for the system—or worse, an expensive call to replace it.

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