Russell & Abbott Blog: Posts Tagged ‘heating repair’

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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Thanksgiving Foods Are Dangerous to Pets

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

fall-cornucopiaGetting out all those harvest decorations and making those plans for a big Thanksgiving Day feast? That’s great! And, and leftover Halloween candy? Never share it with your pets because it’s potentially harmful to them. And that’s my not-at-all-clumsy transition to talking about Thanksgiving Day food and your pets—because this food is often dangerous to animals and many people aren’t aware of it! Your pets may come begging for some of that delicious food you and your family and friends are eating, but many of those food items aren’t safe for them.

(Dear all dogs, cats, and other household animals who may be reading this: No, I’m not spoiling your fun by telling humans to avoid giving you all those tasty treats you can smell on the dinner table. This is truly for your health and safety.)

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Furnace Noises that Should Disturb You

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Yes, you humans jump at loud noises too!

Like almost all dogs (and cats as well), I suffer from a condition called brontophobia. No, it’s not a fear of Brontosauruses—although it does come from the same Greek root word meaning “thunder.” Betcha didn’t expect Ol’ Olive here to be up on her classical language, right? Well, as I like to say, Amicus hominis canis! Which means a dog is a man’s best friend, and I’m sorry but I couldn’t find anything better with an Internet search.

Anyway, the point is brontophobia means “fear of loud noises.” It’s an important defense from danger if you’re a dog or a cat. But it works for you humans as well! And it especially works when it comes to a home furnace. Noises from a furnace you don’t expect to hear are often warnings the heating system isn’t working the way it should and need repairs. So without further ado, here is my list of furnace noises you don’t want to hear!

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Daylight Saving Time: Should We Keep It Around?

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

wall-clock-clippingAs you know, Daylight Saving Time (DST) has just started. If you have a dog, you’ll know right away everything has changed, because your pooch will want to go outside at a different time of day. Of course, it’s only a different time of day according to the clock: your dog tells time with light. Your body does as well, which is why everything feels a bit “off” for a few days. It’s like jet lag except you aren’t going on a fun vacation.

DST is something everyone accepted for decades as “the way things are.” Now the idea of ditching this spring shift in clocks is gaining popularity. I’ve done my research on this and would like to share with you why Daylight Saving Time exists in the first place, and why it might be time to toss it aside like a chew toy long past its usefulness.

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Olive Celebrates Presidents’ Day with Presidential Pets

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

english-bulldogWe’re coming up on the last of the three major special days celebrated in February. We already passed Groundhog Day (as an HVAC dog I’m a bit wary about other mammals claiming they can predict the weather; I say “Be ready for anything!”). This week is Valentine’s Day. Next up is Presidents’ Day, which is a combined celebration of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. You can read a short history of this holiday, but what I’m really interested in talking about today is Presidential Pets.

Although not every head of our Executive Branch has kept a furry friend in the White House, there have been many animal pals to have taken residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Olive’s Guide to Red Flags for Heating Repair

Monday, January 30th, 2017

burners_in_furnaceIt’s deep winter. Sometimes the temperatures will rise a bit, and then they’ll fall into the deep blue. That doesn’t mean you have to have the blues, however. Winter is often lovely and festive, and I’m not just saying that because I have a nice warm fur coat. I say it because I know the power of a great heating system at keeping families warm until the spring thaw arrives.

Everyone here at MK Russell & Abbott wants you to keep enjoying that pleasant warmth in your home. That’s why the staff asked me to type up a list of warning signs that you may need our assistance to repair your heater. (Why did the job fall to me? The rest of the staff is out helping repair people’s heaters!)

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How to Know You Need Repairs for Your Gas Furnace

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Last week was my focus on safety post. Gas furnace safety is something that’s always on my mind. That’s not because gas furnaces are normally dangerous. But they do have the potential to become dangerous if people don’t remember to keep them regularly maintained and always call for our professionals when it’s time for repairs. Doing combustion analysis is only one part of the ways that our team works hard to make sure that the gas furnace in your house keeps your family warm and safe.

I’d like to focus on that whole “call for repairs” thing. If a furnace simply stops working, you’ll know it’s time to call someone to repair it. You don’t need a dog with a blog to tell you that! But there are other indications that a gas furnace is having trouble that people often ignore, hoping it will somehow just “take care of itself.” It won’t.

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Help! My Heat Pump Is Smoking!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Hey there everybody! How is 2017 shaping up for you so far? There’s one thing I can tell for certain about what’s coming up in these first few months of the New Year: cold weather. It’s a bit warm for winter right now, but we all know that won’t last.

And when the temperature drops, that’s when our hard-working team at MK Russell & Abbott starts putting in extra work to make sure that our great customers stay warm. We’re ready to come out and help repair your furnace or heat pump and make sure your family keeps cozy until the spring thaw.

There are a few heating emergencies, however, that actually aren’t emergencies. While our technicians are busy helping out with heating troubles, I’d like to give you some helpful info on something that looks like an emergency—but probably isn’t.

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Olive’s Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

santa-oliveIt’s that time of year again. Yep, the time when I put on a Santa Hat and pose for adorable photos!

It’s also the time when you need to make sure that your heating system is in the best working condition. So if you notice problems with your furnace, don’t wait around until your whole house of sisters, cousins, aunts, and uncles are freezing. Give our experts a call, and they will be there to get your heater back in order in Alcoa, TN or wherever you live in Blount County.

It’s also the time of year when I give some important advice about protecting your pets during the holidays. It’s no coincidence that baby Jesus was surrounded by animals in the manger: animals play an important part in our lives, and it’s up to us to keep them safe during a season that’s filled with crowded homes, food that isn’t safe for them, and dangerous chilly weather.

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Support the Blount County SPCA This Season!

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

One of my jobs here at MK Russell & Abbott as the “HVAC Dog Who Blogs” is keeping track of various charities and community organizations that we participate in. Believe me, we do so much that I could make this my full time job. (If I had my wish, my full time job would be napping, but I understand that’s not a responsible wish.)

There’s one charity that’s especially important to me, and that’s the SPCA—the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This organization has been around a long time, more than 190 years! The SPCA is involved all around the globe with animal rescue, shelter building, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and more.

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