Russell & Abbott Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

Miranda Clark Receives Scholarship from Russell & Abbott

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Miranda Clark receives the Russell & Abbott from President Chris Hurley.

Miranda Clark of Maryville is the recipient of Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling’s essay contest. She received a $500 scholarship toward tuition and books. “The essay topic was about the importance of online reviews for service-based businesses such as heating and cooling companies, and how to engage positive feedback,” said Chris Hurley, Russell & Abbott President. “Miranda did a very good job with her analysis, suggestions and written presentation of her ideas.”

Clark, a 2016 graduate of William Blount High School, is the daughter of John and Kristy Clark, and is a rising junior at the University of Tennessee—Knoxville where she is majoring in accounting. Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling, now in its 41st year of operation, provides residential heating and air conditioning services in Blount, Knox and Loudon counties. The company is the exclusive vendor for Onyx equipment, which is designed for optimal performance in the East Tennessee climate. Russell & Abbott is located at 2124 East Broadway Ave. in Maryville, directly across from Food City. Business hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, about Russell & Abbott, visit or go to Facebook.

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Clear Debris Away from Your AC Outdoor Unit

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Spring is upon us! While we haven’t dealt with the heat and humidity quite yet, it’s just about time to start using air conditioning. As a professional HVAC dog, I know all about how to best prepare your air conditioner for spring. Preventive maintenance is essential, of course. Without it your air conditioner can’t work efficiently. Think of it as just another part of spring cleaning—except you have to bring in professionals for this type of cleaning!

Scheduling maintenance is just part of the puzzle, though. There are things you can do today to help ensure your air conditioning system will be up and running when temperatures rise, and this includes clearing debris away from your outdoor unit.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Unlicensed HVAC Contractors

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

When you are looking around for a contractor to install, repair, maintain, or provide other service for your air conditioning or heating system, you’ll have many choices available. It is very important that you only hire HVAC contractors who are licensed with the state. (Look on a contractor’s website: they will have the license number listed along with the contact information.) Although it might seem tempting to go with a non-licensed amateur because you might “save some money,” please resist this urge. You won’t save money—and you might end up with serious problems.

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How Does a Whole-House Dehumidifier Work?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

There is nothing you can do to change the reality of the summer weather in Tennessee. It is going to be hot, and it is going to be humid. This does not mean, however, that you must put up with uncomfortably hot and humid conditions within your home in the Maryville, TN area. A central air conditioning system is an effective and efficient means of cooling an entire home, and such systems will naturally dehumidify the air during operation. This is not their primary function, however, and any real level of dehumidification requires the use of a designated whole-house dehumidifier. MK Russell & Abbott installs and services these beneficial systems.

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Signs That You Need a Whole-House Humidifier in Maryville, TN

Monday, April 20th, 2015

You know that you need a good air conditioner if you are going to live comfortably in your home this summer. You are also well aware that a dependable heater is necessary to keep your home warm and cozy throughout the winter months. In truth, though, there is more than just successful temperature maintenance to consider when it comes to your comfort. The quality of the air in your home is also important, and a lot of that quality hinges on the humidity level.

If your air is too dry in your Maryville, TN home, let MK Russell & Abbott install a whole-house humidifier.

Our team has put together some information to help you to determine if the humidity in your home is too low. If you suspect this is the case, please give us a call and our technicians will assess the situation.

One of the major signs that the air in your home is too dry is difficulty in effectively heating it. Dry air has a harder time holding heat. By bringing the level of humidity in your home up to where it should be, you can increase your comfort and heating efficiency at the same time.

Dry air can also really take a toll on your body. If, for example, you find that your skin is dried out, flaky and itchy, a lack of adequate humidity in the air may be to blame. You may also find that you have frequent sore throats, or even bloody noses. In any case, increasing humidity can help to resolve such health issues.

Finally, remember that dry air can also negatively affect your property. Wooden floorboards and furniture can dry out to the point of splitting and cracking, while paint on the walls may chip. Dry air can also lead to issues with pervasive static shocks, which are annoying and can damage sensitive electronics. When you let the professional humidifier technicians at MK Russell & Abbott install your humidifier, you can eliminate any such problems present in your home.

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3 Great Reasons to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance This Spring

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Spring is the season when homeowners’ thoughts turn to their air conditioning systems. That summer heat isn’t far away, and before we know it, our ACs will start to perform steady work. It is crucial that the air conditioning system that serves your family all summer is in peak condition before the heat arrives. Arrange for a maintenance visit from an HVAC professional during this spring (and every spring after it) to inspect and tune-up your air conditioning. You’ll be glad you did: the benefits of routine maintenance are huge. Here are three of the major ones:

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The Basics of How Home Air Conditioning Works

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Because air conditioning is something so common in daily life, especially during a hot Tennessee summer, people often don’t think much about how it actually works: that’s something for the experts to worry about whenever an AC starts to malfunction.

Although you should rely on professionals only when you’re in need of air conditioning services in Maryville, TN, our team at MK Russell & Abbott would like to share some of the basics of how an AC actually does its job. This will give you a better sense of what might go wrong with your cooling system and why it is so crucial that you call on skilled repair technicians right away when you sense that your AC has a malfunction.

The first thing you need to know about how an air conditioner runs is that an AC does not create cold air the same way that a furnace or fireplace creates heat. An air conditioner is a type of refrigeration system, and like other refrigeration systems it works by removing heat from an area to lower its temperature. This heat must be shifted to another location as exhaust. This process is called heat exchange and is the basis for how an air conditioner cools down a home.

A standard central air conditioner consists of two units: an indoor unit (the evaporator) and an outdoor unit (the condenser). The condenser contains a compressor, a motor-powered device that changes the refrigerant inside the system from a cool, low-pressure liquid into a hot, high-pressure gas. Most of the energy to run an air conditioner goes to the compressor, which is the central “engine” of the whole system.

The hot, gaseous refrigerant leaves the compressor and travels through the outdoor coils. Outdoor air drawn by a fan in the condenser cabinet runs across the coils, where condensation occurs that releases heat from the refrigerant to the outside. The refrigerant, now cooled, travels toward the indoor unit. On the way, it passes through an expansion valve, which causes it to further drop in pressure and temperature.

When the refrigerant arrives in the indoor coils, it is cold enough to cause evaporation to occur as the warm indoor air crosses it. The refrigerant absorbs heat from the ambient air and lowers the air’s temperature. A blower fan sends this cooled air into the ductwork, where it travels to the various rooms of a house. The warmed, liquid refrigerant now returns to the compressor, and the heat exchange cycle begins again.

Modern ACs are complex machines that rely on a precise balance of components. If you encounter trouble with your air conditioning in Maryville, TN, call MK Russell & Abbott for help. We have provided excellent air conditioning repairs since 1977.

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in HVAC Technology

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Be sure to bookmark the MK Russell & Abbott blog for updates on the latest advances in HVAC technology.

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Call MK Russell & Abbott for all your air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, and commercial HVAC needs.

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