When to Repair vs. Replace Your HVAC System

September 5th, 2022

At the end of the summer, before fall temperatures arrive, I encourage all my readers to take an assessment of their HVAC systems. This is especially important if you have an older system that you think is coming close to “retirement” age. 

I recently examined some of the ways to tell when it’s time to replace your HVAC system, but today I want to go deeper into a few of those reasons.

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How Safe Is Your AC During This Heat?

August 8th, 2022

As we head into the dog days of summer, I thought this may be an appropriate topic for us to discuss. The days continue to be hot, which cause me to pant a lot when I go for walks. We dogs like to take our walks in the early morning or evening when it’s cool and we require lots of water if we are outside during the day. Thankfully, my owners allow me to stay cool indoors.  

So how safe is your air conditioning during this heat? If you are worried that it may not survive this heatwave, I have some facts to help you out.

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Olive, How Do I Know If It’s Time For a New AC?

July 14th, 2022

This is one of the best questions you can ask me! A big part of keeping your home consistently and affordably comfortable is knowing when it’s time to say “goodbye” to your current AC and have a great new AC installation in Knoxville, TN

Sometimes you can repair a faulty AC and keep it going for a few more years. We won’t try to sell you equipment you don’t need so when you work with our professional team, we’ll always be honest with you about when this is the most cost-effective route. We will also be honest about when it’s better to replace your AC and get a fresh start.  We want you to Live Worry-Free!

We are here to help you make the best decision possible, so we have listed some ways below to help you tell if it’s time to replace your AC.

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Olive Explains Why Your AC Keeps Shutting Off

June 27th, 2022

I don’t want you to come into this blog thinking that your AC shutting off is weird. Your air conditioning system isn’t supposed to run all the time. It goes through cycles where it runs for long enough to provide cooling, then turns off for a stretch before it needs to come back on. That’s just normal, and it keeps the AC from wearing down and your house getting too cold. I know when I go for walks that sometimes I’d love for the walk to last forever, but I do get tired and need to rest before I’m ready again.

But the “AC shutting off” I’m talking about in this post is when your air conditioner turns off too soon. You’ll know “too soon” because you’ll be too hot! I’ll tell you why this might be happening and what you (or we) can do about it.

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The Most Important Service We Offer: Maintenance!

June 13th, 2022

You may notice that at the end of all my blog posts, I close with “Live worry-free.” This is what all of us at Russell & Abbott want for our customers, and it’s what we aim to deliver with our services. And no service is more important for helping you to live worry-free than regular HVAC maintenance!

It’s almost officially summer, so if you haven’t yet scheduled your air conditioning maintenance in Knoxville, TN with our team, this is when I strongly recommend you have this ticked off your “to-do” list. Sign up for our Comfort Club and you’ll enjoy even greater benefits!

Why is this your most important service?

I’m not exaggerating when I say this! Regular maintenance for your air conditioning system (as well as your heating system) is the secret to avoiding most potential troubles you might face with your home comfort, preventing short-term costs, long-term costs, inconveniences, and comfort emergencies. It’s an all-around huge benefit to your life!

I’ll break this down further to show why regular maintenance is so fantastic.

  • Short-term savings: One of the goals of professional maintenance is to prevent air conditioning malfunctions that require repairs. Maintenance can prevent more than 50% of the repairs you would otherwise have to pay for. Maintenance also keeps the warranty valid for the air conditioner, protecting you from having to pay for repairs that are due to a manufacturer’s fault. 
  • Long-term savings: Maintenance helps save you money in the long-term AC in two ways. First, it stops the AC’s energy efficiency from rapidly declining. Without maintenance, you’ll pay more and more each year for cooling, and could soon be paying 25% more than you should. Second, maintenance helps an air conditioner last for as long as possible, often reaching 15 years before needing a replacement. An early replacement is expensive!
  • Convenience: You don’t want to have your comfort interrupted during the summer heat because the AC has started to work less effectively. You’re unlikely to run into this kind of problem when you have maintenance at the start—you can expect the air conditioner to work at peak capacity. Maintenance also catches potential repair problems early so you can have them fixed at your convenience, rather than the AC forcing you to schedule the repairs.
  • Prevent emergencies: I tend to think of the peace of mind that comes with maintenance as its best benefit. When you have our team tune-up and inspect your AC before the summer heat arrives, the system has the best chance of getting through the season without an emergency breakdown.

The Comfort Club

Our Comfort Club makes maintenance even better. Aside from all the benefits I just talked about, the Comfort Club adds discounts on repairs, priority customer status, and other benefits (depending on which plan you select).

So give us a call today to sign up for membership in the Comfort Club. You can also download the membership form and present it to your technician at the time of your maintenance appointment. 

Live worry-free,


Russell & Abbott serves Maryville, Knoxville, and surrounding areas. Just Whistle and we’ll come running!

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Difference Between Professional and Store-Bought Dehumidifiers

May 16th, 2022

Ugh, high humidity. Not one of Man or Dog’s best friends. Humidity can feel nice during cold weather, but when it strikes here in Tennessee during our spring and summer seasons, we can be in for plenty of sweating and panting. (I’ll pant, you sweat.) 

Humidity in the home can cause plenty of problems. Not only does high humidity make your home feel hotter, but it can promote mold and mildew growth which can affect your indoor air quality and make life pretty miserable for people with asthma and allergies. (The odor for mold and mildew is pretty bad too. Believe me … I’ve got a sharp sense of smell!)
You’ve got a way to combat humidity: dehumidifiers.

You’ve got a way to combat humidity: dehumidifiers. And now that we’re on that topic, I want to share with you some of the important differences between the portable dehumidifiers you can purchase in stores and the professional dehumidifiers our Russell & Abbott can install in your home.

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Olive on Choosing the Right Thermostat

April 25th, 2022

A question I often get from my readers is how to pick a great thermostat. Thermostats can make a huge difference in how well your HVAC system operates. The ideal thermostat will help the HVAC system run efficiently and make life easier.

I’m glad to help because there are many new options when it comes to thermostats—the technology has advanced fast! Below I’ll provide you with advice about picking a thermostat in Knoxville, TN.

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Our Guide to Air Filters

April 18th, 2022

When I look over the topics I often write about for my blog, one that pops up often is “air filters.” When people hear about air filters, they usually think about the air filters that are already part of their HVAC system. These are important filters, but you need to know that they aren’t there to improve indoor air quality. These filters do the job of stopping dust, lint, and other debris from getting into the HVAC system and damaging the heating system, air conditioner, and blower. 

You can also have special filters installed into your HVAC system that remove pollutants from the air that surrounds you in your house. These filters are highly effective at keeping dust, pet dander, pollen, mold, and mildew spores from circulating through the air and they are much more powerful than the standard furnace filter.

There’s no single kind of air filter. You have several options when it comes to types of filters, and in this post I’m going to look over several of the different kinds. 

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Defend Your HVAC System With a Surge Protector!

April 4th, 2022

If you’re a regular reader of my blog (and thank you!), then you know my expertise as a blogger dog is in the HVAC world. So you wonder why I’m writing about a surge protector. “Olive, are you also an electrician dog?” Well, not a licensed electrician, but I have some important knowledge about electricity because it applies to HVAC equipment. And that’s why I want to talk to you today about the importance of surge protection—it’s closely connected to your home’s heating and cooling!

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Duct Sealing: Why You Need It, How to Know You Need It

February 21st, 2022

Hello folks! In my last post, I talked about an important new service we now offer at Russell & Abbott—duct cleaning! Check it out and see if duct cleaning is something you think you may need in the near future. We’re always here to answer any questions you have.

Today I have another important service to talk about, one we added along with duct cleaning. It’s duct-related, so I’m not straying too far from the topic here: Russell & Abbott now offers duct sealing in Maryville, TN and throughout our wide service area.

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