Russell & Abbott Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Olive’

Olive Explains the Faulty Flame Sensor in a Furnace

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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What do you want most from your gas furnace this winter? Warmth! But what happens if you’ve got a furnace that keeps shutting down each time you set your thermostat for it to turn on. Not much warmth, and that’s not much fun.

Gas furnaces that keep shutting down are a common furnace repair in Seymour, TN that our Russell & Abbott team handle. If you’ve got this problem, call us and we’ll find out what’s going on and take care of it.

But many of you would like to know the why of this situation—it’s the reason you come to read my blog. And I love to talk about how HVAC systems work because that’s what being an expert heating-and-cooling blogger dog is all about. So today let me tell you about a common reason for a gas furnace that won’t stay on: a faulty flame sensor.

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Olive’s Top Tips on Heating Savings for the Coming Season

Monday, November 15th, 2021
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You may not know this, but I’m pretty good with number-crunching on a calculator. I need one of those large, old-style calculators because it works better with my large paws, but I can still whip up a good budget when I need to. But when it comes to finding ways to save money on heating bills during the winter, I don’t need a calculator: I already know all the right techniques you can use to cut down on the cost of staying warm! 

I’ve gathered some of my favorite tips on saving during the winter. A few of these will require the assistance of a team of Seymour, TN, HVAC professionals (by which I mean us!). Others you can get started on as soon as the temperatures drop. Let’s dive in.

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Olive’s Big Fall Recommendation: Have Us Maintain Your Heating System!

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Ah, it’s here: one of my favorite blog subjects of the year! It’s the Get Your Heating System Maintained blog post! 

Why do I love writing this post so much? Here are a few reasons:

  • Maintenance is the most important service we offer, and the wonders it can do for our customers are immense. 
  • I love writing about all the benefits customers enjoy because it reminds me why I’m in this business in the first place—to help people.
  • It means it’s almost fall and I can soon run and jump into piles of leaves.

I consider this post my annual fight for you to enjoy better heating! I hope I’ll get you super-enthused by the end of this post so you’ll call our team to sign up for the Comfort Club and get on the schedule for heating maintenance in Vonore, TN, or wherever you are in our service area. Fall is the best time to get this job done: take advantage of the slower season and the milder weather.

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Olive’s Annual End-of-Summer “Analyze Your AC’s Performance” Review

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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Welcome to my most popular regular topic of the year! (Well, I’m only guessing. I like it a lot!) This is the post where I ask you, loyal readers, to do your own reviews of the air conditioning systems that have kept you super-cool through summer. This is a “performance review” or a “report card” about how your AC has worked over the last season. You can use this information to help make important decisions about the future of your air conditioning in Vonore, TN, such as:

  • Should you replace the AC with a new one before next summer?
  • Does the AC have a malfunction you haven’t paid much attention to?
  • Do you need to change the way you use the air conditioner to improve its performance and save energy?
  • Seriously, should you replace the AC with a new one?

I put the last one on the list twice, because it’s the most important question to ask about your AC once you’ve had it for several years. You want to make the choice about when to replace the air conditioner—you don’t want the air conditioner to make the choice by breaking down!

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Olive Explains Your AC’s Cooling Limits

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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Greetings everyone! I’ve gotten some questions about just how cool I can be! 

Okay, maybe it wasn’t phrased exactly that way. People want to know just how cool an air conditioning system can make their house. It’s a good question: air conditioners do have limits, the same way that your car can’t do 300 mph no matter how well-built it is. And although we dogs can get super-fast—did you know that Greyhounds can run as fast as 45 mph?—none of us are going to outpace a Bullet Train no matter how healthy we are. Not meant as a criticism! Just basic facts about how things work.

So, what’s your air conditioning system’s “top speed”? I’ll get into that below. Please hang around, this can be helpful with setting your thermostat during summer.

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The Daily Times’ Reader’s Choice Poll Is Back: Vote for Russell & Abbott!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
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This is one of my favorite posts to write each year! It’s when the Daily Times runs its annual Readers’ Choice poll for the best local businesses. For the last three years, Russell & Abbott was voted the Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company in the poll. I’d like to think that my diligent work getting out the vote is responsible—but the truth is that it’s you, our great customers, who have made us #1 year after year. And I’m hoping you’ll make us #1 again for 2021. 

Here’s what you have to do… 

Phase 1 starts on March 1st, and only the top five nominees from this phase will move forward to Phase 2. From those five nominees, one will be chosen as the winner. During Phase 1, go to the Readers’ Choice 2021 page and nominate a “Best” Business in the “Business & Professional Service” category. Complete the name, address, and phone number fields, then nominate “Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling” as the Best Heating and Air Company. Do this every day until Phase 1 ends on March 31st. Please don’t let us get bumped out during round one!

You can help me out by asking your friends, family, and buddies on social media to also nominate Russell & Abbott daily as the Best Heating and Air Company. 

Get us into Phase 2 and I’ll be back here in April with instructions on how to push us to #1 again!

Who’s the best when it comes to local HVAC? You already know the answer! Call Russell & Abbott for all your heating and cooling needs.

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Olive Explains: Why Your Furnace’s Burners Aren’t Lighting

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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Here’s an irritating problem: you set your thermostat for something comfy during winter. I recommend 68°F, even though my nice fur coat lets me set it lower than you would. It’s a cold day, so that means setting the thermostat to that temperature will cause the furnace to come on. But it doesn’t. The fan might turn on, but not warm air. When you go to the furnace, you discover that the customary blue glow from the burners isn’t there—they haven’t ignited. What’s going on?

Well, I can list a few possibilities…

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Olive’s Biggest and Best Recommendation: Heating Maintenance!

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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I put in the hours to make sure my readers know what they need for great comfort. But each fall, I get a bit of a break: a post that’s easy for me to write because it’s about our most important service. The one we know does the most good for our customers. I have plenty of facts at my paw-tips when it comes to talking about this service, which is regular seasonal HVAC maintenance. Or, in the case of the fall, regular heating maintenance

If you haven’t considered maintenance for your home’s furnace or other heating system, now is the time to call us and sign up for our Comfort Club. We’ll get you on the schedule for a convenient appointment for your heater to get it’s annual inspection and service.

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We Have Ways to Solve Your IAQ Problems

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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In my last post, I wrote about indoor air quality problems you may have in your home during fall. But I know my readers don’t show up just to listen to me give them bad news. They’re looking for help from a smart dog who knows her heating and air conditioning. “I’ve got air quality issues, Olive, but what can you and the Russell & Abbott team do about them?”

Plenty, it turns out. And not just in the obvious ways—we understand that great indoor air quality in a house is connected to having a great HVAC system in prime shape. A few pricey gizmos that make big promises aren’t enough to turn around IAQ troubles. Let’s talk about real solutions!

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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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