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Signs Your Furnace Needs Attention

December 28th, 2017

The average furnace lifespan is about 15 years. Keeping your furnace properly maintained is vital to performance and longevity. Watch and listen for signs your heater might need a tune up, so you can spot trouble before it shortens the life of your furnace. Here are 9 signs that your furnace needs your attention:

#1: It’s been more than a year since your furnace was checked by an HVAC professional.

To maximize the performance of your furnace it’s important to have it checked annually by a trained HVAC expert. This allows you to catch small issues before they become big problems and extends the life of your system.

#2: You notice water pooling around the furnace

This is generally caused by a clogged condensate line, a problem best left to professionals because it requires a mix of HVAC and plumbing expertise to fix.

#3: You smell gas leaking

If you smell gas from your furnace, shut it down immediately. . Next, open up your furnace, find the gas supply valve, and turn it off. No not light matches or turn on any lights in your home—and call a local HVAC technician as soon as possible.

#4: Things that go bump in the night

If you hear strange noises it may be an indicator that your furnace is in need of repair.

#5: Weak airflow

Weak airflow could be caused by minor issues with fans to more significant issues with belts and motors.

#6: The furnace blows cold air

The most common causes for this are issues with the thermocouple or pilot light, both of which are complex components that need specialized expertise to evaluate.

#7: Thermostat trouble

If you find yourself turning the thermostat up higher and higher to warm the house, it’s a sign that your furnace needs your attention and may be in need of repair.

#8: High utility bills

Another indicator that something is amiss with your furnace is a dramatic increase in your utility bills that doesn’t coincide with use.

#9: Frequent or constant cycling

If you hear your furnace kicking on and off repeatedly, this likely indicates that it’s over cycling, which means it’s running more often than it should be. That’s a problem that may be caused by a clogged filter, improper air circulation, or complications with the thermostat.

The best thing to do to address these issues and avoid further problems is to keep to a regular maintenance schedule. Preventative check-ups are a great way to lessen the odds of experiencing these troubles in the first place.

Russett Southwest offers a Peak Performance Service just for this reason. Give us a call at (520) 629-9676 or visit us at russettsouthwest.com to learn more.

Keep Your Costs Down This Winter

December 18th, 2017

Winter is in full swing in the Old Pueblo. Here are a few tips on keeping your home comfortable and your energy costs down.

Adjust your thermostat

According to the Department of Energy, you can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By making this adjustment, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating.

Take care of the filters

Replace or clean furnace filters as recommended. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Consider a tune up for your system.  Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to 5% of heating costs.

Seal the leaks

Caulk leaks around windows and doors. Look for places where you have pipes, vents or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling or floor. Check the bathroom, underneath the kitchen sink, pipes inside a closet, etc. If you find a gap at the point where the pipe or vents goes through the wall, seal it up.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Russett Southwest. We help Tucson homeowners handle all of their heating and cooling needs! Contact us at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com to get started.

 

Thankful for You!

November 22nd, 2017

We love this time of year, friends, family and the holidays. Our hearts are full with gratitude. This year we’re most thankful for you, our customers.

Since 1947 we have operated with the simple philosophy of doing right by our customers. What makes us unique is our unwavering commitment to service and integrity. After 70 years in the business we’ve maintained our values and have provided heating and air conditioning services to a community we love.

So this year, we thank you, our valued customers for choosing Russett Southwest for your heating and air conditioning needs. Thank you for trusting us with the comfort of your home and your family. This Thanksgiving we are thinking of you and yours while enjoying our turkey and cranberry.

We are fortunate to have such amazing customers and to operate in an amazing place like Tucson. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! Our best from our family to yours.

Remember that we are here to help with all of your heating and cooling needs. From changing air filters Ton learn more or to schedule an appointment contact the experts at Russett Southwest at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com.

 

The Importance of Maintenance

November 17th, 2017

 

Just as your car needs its regular tune-up, your heating and cooling system also needs regularly scheduled maintenance in order to function properly. It’s the only way your HVAC system can deliver consistent comfort to your home throughout its life span. Here are just a few reasons why preventative maintenance is the best way to take care of your system.

Longer Life Span

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average HVAC system offers a 15- to 20-year life cycle, while a gas or oil furnace is capable of lasting up to 25 years. Regular HVAC maintenance ensures that your system lives up to its potential. When that maintenance isn’t being performed, you can expect a much shorter life span.

Not taking advantage of regular maintenance could easily add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your cumulative operating costs throughout the life of the system.

Better Performance

Keeping your HVAC system in good shape also means improving its energy efficiency and keeping your energy costs low. HVAC system issues that go unaddressed can cause greater wear and tear on your system, resulting in more energy needed to deliver the same amount of comfort than a comparatively better-kept system. Increased energy usage leads to increased energy bills over time, resulting in higher running costs.

HVAC system expenses account for as much as 50% of a typical household’s energy budget. Regularly scheduled maintenance helps reduce expenses while improving overall performance.

 

From changing air filters to routine maintenance, Russett Southwest has a preventative maintenance package for you. To learn more contact the experts at Russett Southwest. We help Tucson homeowners handle all of their heating and cooling needs! Contact us at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com to get started.

Get Ready to Cool Down!

November 6th, 2017

 

Typically the weather in Tucson stays pretty warm until Halloween. After that the cool weather tends to sneak up. Before the weather changes, make sure your heating system can handle the cooler months. Use the following tips to prepare your system for the winter.

Test Your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors protect those in your home from dangerous gasses and life-threatening situations. You need be sure that they work. Maintaining these devices is simple all you have to do is change a battery. This may be one of the simplest things to do, but it is also one of the most important.

Schedule a Heating Maintenance Visit

To ensure that your home heating system is ready for the cooler months, have an HVAC technician come to your home and inspect your setup. Russett Southwest Corp. not only provides standard heating checkups, but also home energy audits to find energy inefficiencies in your home. By proactively finding and addressing these small issues, you can keep your system running efficiently and keep your energy bills down.

Check Your Windows

Be sure to check the sealing around your windows. There is nothing worse than a drafty window in the cold because it impacts your comfort and costs you money? If warm air is allowed to escape outside of your home, then your heating system will need to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature. Check your windows to make sure that your home is warm and your utility bill is low.

Change Your Air Filters

Changing your air filters is very important to keep your HVAC system running efficiently and your indoor air pure and clean. It is recommended that you change your air filters once every 3-4 months, and also that you are using the correct type of air filter for your home. If you need help in choosing the right air filter for your HVAC system, have a technician from Russett Southwest Corp. help you during their next service visit.

Russett Southwest Corp. has been proudly serving Southern Arizona since 1947. To learn more about our services or to schedule your seasonal maintenance appointment call (520) 629-9676 or visit us at https://www.russettsouthwest.com.

 

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