ac summer unit
May 4, 2020

Your Hampton Roads home’s central air conditioning system has had months of rest, but now that spring is in full swing and summer is steadily approaching, you’ll soon need your AC to start pumping out cool air. This year indoor comfort is more important than ever, as it’s likely that your family will be spending more time inside than years past.

No one likes dealing with unexpected (and potentially expensive) AC repairs, and while crossing your fingers and hoping for the best way have worked once or twice in the past, you can save yourself a lot of headache by taking a few simple steps right now to get out ahead of any developing HVAC problems, before you end needing to replace your air conditioner.

1. Clear the Outdoor Area Around Your Condenser

Your AC’s condenser unit is the large box-shaped piece of equipment outside your Norfolk or Virginia Beach home, and it needs to be kept clear of debris, branches, tall grass, leaves, and anything else that might restrict air flow, which can lead to breakdown and inefficient operation. Keeping the area around your condenser trimmed and clear will help ensure you’re getting the most out of your AC this summer.

2. Check Outdoor Wiring for Damage

While you're clearing the area around your condenser, it’s a good idea to check for any damage to the wiring as well. If you see wear or anything that would indicate there’s a problem, that’s a great sign to call a technician for air conditioning repair.

3. Inspect Your Central Ductwork

Is your AC not cooling your house as much as you’d like? In addition to your air conditioning unit itself, the condition of your ducts can also play a large role. Air leaks and poor duct insulation can lead to significant energy loss. If there are sections of your ductwork visible in easy to access areas of your home, like your basement or attic, take a look and see if there are cracks or gaps or other signs that cool conditioned air is having trouble reaching the rooms of your house.

4. Replace Your Air Filters

Air filters for your air conditioner unit help improve the quality of the air circulating in your central air system and throughout your home, but you need to check and replace or clean them regularly. A dirty air filter can slow air flow through your AC, leading to increased wear and tear and more frequent breakdowns.

5. Check Your Coolant Lines for Insulation

Your coolant or refrigerant lines are what help transfer heat out of your home. You can find these pipes running out of the back of your condenser and heading into the house. Are they insulated, and is the insulation worn down, peeling, or cracking? If so, get them fixed, or you’ll be wasting energy!

When You Think of AC Repair, Think of Russell’s HVAC

Why does your AC sound so loud when it’s running? How do you fix your cooling unit outside your house? Luckily, Russell’s has the answers you need to get your AC back up and running in time for summer, and keep it there. Scheduling air conditioner maintenance in the spring is one of the best ways you can ensure that you and your family will benefit from low energy costs and high home comfort all cooling season long.

Save money and stay comfortable this summer. Call (VA) 757-995-2807 / (NC) 252-489-4431 or contact us to schedule an AC tune-up.

Having problems getting your AC running this spring?

Call Russell’s before the weather gets hot!

(VA) 757-995-2807 / (NC) 252-489-4431

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Maintenance Plans

Russell's HVAC, HVAC service technician, VA

Regular maintenance for your home’s heating and cooling is an important routine to keep your systems operating at peak efficiency, much like getting your car’s oil changed regularly. One of the easiest ways to ensure regular maintenance is to enroll in a Russell’s Heating & Cooling maintenance plan.


Just like your annual physical at the doctor’s office keeps you healthy, an annual tune-up or safety and efficiency check on your heating and cooling systems can keep your home working smoothly. And, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your system is cleaned and ready to operate efficiently and safely.

What Our Customers Are Saying

  • I can't complement your team enough on the wonderful job done with regard to the installation of the new system in our home. More specifically, we want to recognize the outstanding efforts of: Roberto-- the initial visit and diagnosis of the problem.

    Dan & Connie, Virginia Beach
  • I recently had your team install a new gas package unit including all new duct work at my house in Chesapeake. I had a split system that had undersized ducting which was removed by your installers.

    Mike & Sandi, Chesapeake, VA
  • We purchased a one time service for $79. They came out on time, checked out the geothermal system...they were very professional and kind.

    Nicholas H., Chesapeake, VA
  • We would like to thank your company for an excellent job. We are very pleased with the new (Mitsubishi ductless mini split) system that was installed last week. It works wonderfully at heating our home.

    Danny and Teresa S., Chesapeake, VA
  • Not one single idea for improvement. Keep doing what you do. OUTSTANDING!

    Charles J., Norfolk, VA
  • Great job!...World class employees!

    Colleen & Jim C., Suffolk, VA
  • Everything went great! This is the second big project we've had done through Russell's and we couldn't be more happy! We had the most dedicated, polite, and respectful crew! The team consisted of Elliot, Chase and Sean. Sean was here for the removal process on day one, and did awesome!

    J. Luhan, VA Beach
  • Hi Nate, please pass along our appreciation for you, Elliot and Steve. We are very happy with you being able to arrange our ( Lennox ) replacement system so quickly!

    T. Johnson, VA Beach
  • Thank you for running a top notch company and sending over to us two excellent folks Terry and Shawn. They did an awesome job putting in our new furnace system. Also thank you for Donald and Nate who did a superb job as well. Please reward these guys with some sort of commendations or rewards....

  • ...folks need to know how wonderful working with Russell's Heating & Air Conditioning is. They were very professional all the way thru the process of getting our unit installed down to the payment plan. I have been telling our neighbors and my co-workers about the experience.

    Pamela F., Chesapeake, VA
  • Every moment from the time an appointment was set up until the day the work was completed was a pleasure. Every employee was a delight to work with. The proof that the product was great came when the electric bills started coming in the airconditioning season.

    Douglas P., VA Beach
  • I am extremely satisfied with both the Lennox unit I purchased and the employees of Russell's. Even with poor window and door quality in this overly tired house, I am actually cooled off sufficiently enough to call it chilly.

    Robin W., Chesapeake, VA
  • Over the years I have gained the utmost trust in my service technician Corey Lesko's knowledge and work ethic while servicing my system.

  • I am writing this letter to commend your company on a great job! We were very pleased with how the company performed in every area...the installers did an impeccable job. They were very knowledgeable, efficient, and hard workers—staying focused to the task in the extreme heat.

    Pastor Larry E. O'Brien, Churchland Assembly of God
  • A year ago, I contracted with Russell's to tune up and clean the heating and cooling system. How impressively your specialist cleaned my system...he also found a defective automatic (programmable) thermostat. Quite quickly, he replaced my automatic thermostat. The results?

    R. Snider, Norfolk, VA
  • You recently installed a new Trane unit for us. We want you to know we are completely satisfied. The outside unit is now a hum versus the roar of the old one...we also want to recognize the installer...we cannot overstate what we think of his workmanship.

    K. Hawkins, Portsmouth, VA
  • Great and prompt service – as usual. Everything from ordering the a/c unit to installation went smoothly. Thanks for everything.

    B. Fenstermaker, VA Beach
  • Everyone was very nice. I felt well informed about my purchase. Your staff is great! I don't usually return opinion forms, but you need to know you have a staff you can be proud of!

    V. Horn, Chesapeake, VA
  • You have a new customer for life and I will definitely tell all my friends about your prompt, courteous service, your knowledgeable technicians, and your very reasonable prices. Thank you very much Russell's. You warmed much more than just my heart!

    G. Knoop, Chesapeake, VA
  • Your company was very responsive to my needs. The quality of your work was extremely high.

    Ms. Bright, Chesapeake, VA
  • Your workers actually made this total replacement project an enjoyable learning experience...they were always willing to stop and answer any questions. Their pleasant and cooperative attitudes cannot be praised enough!

    J. Wellons, Portsmouth, VA
  • Very pleased with both the price and service. The installation went off without a hitch and everything exceeded our expectations. When finished, the work areas, including the attic, were so clean you couldn't tell anything had been done.

    T. Marsh, VA Beach
  • Great expertise and timely service.

    H. Turbeville, Chesapeake, VA