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January 21, 2022

A new year brings something different for everyone, but what does 2022 have in store for your home? It is a good idea early in the year to take stock of the systems in your home, to better plan for any expenses you might run into down the road—things like water heater replacement, a burst pipe, or even replacing your heating and cooling system. 

The life expectancy of a furnace, boiler, air conditioner, or heat pump can vary depending on the manufacturer and your own heating and cooling habits, but there are some symptoms to look for that indicate you might stand to benefit from HVAC replacement sooner rather than later. 

Your Furnace or AC Turns On and Off Quickly

If your furnace or AC seems to turn off not long after you start feeling air coming from your vents,  you could be suffering from “short cycling”. This happens when your HVAC system is oversized and is too big for the square footage or design of your home. A system that is short cycling will not run efficiently, as extra energy is wasted each time the system starts up! 

On the flip side, a furnace or air conditioner that seems to always be on could be undersized for your living space, meaning it can barely keep up with the thermostat settings. In both cases, you may be comfortable in your home, but your heating and cooling system is wasting energy.

Unusual Smells or Noises Coming from Your Heating and Cooling System

If you have started noticing a strange odor coming from your AC vents, or you have had to turn up your TV to hear it over the noise of your furnace, your heating and cooling system may be trying to tell you something. Loud noises like bangs, high pitched squeals, and buzzing should be checked out by an HVAC professional, as well as any strange odors, which can indicate harmful bacteria growth or a leak of some kind. 

An Uncomfortable Home

Your home comfort is the accumulation of many interconnected systems. For example, the conditioned air from your heating and cooling system is delivered by your ductwork, and the insulation in your home—as well as the overall air sealing—is what keep that conditioned air inside instead of leaking out. If you can’t seem to get your home comfortable, the whole-home experts at Russell’s can assess your home from top to bottom, and tell you if HVAC replacement is the right call. 

An Increase in Energy Costs

While any energy bill above $0 can feel like too much, consistently rising energy bills also indicate that your heating and cooling system is slipping in efficiency. As wear and tear sets in, your furnace will have to work harder to keep up with your typical thermostat settings, and your air conditioner will be forced to run a few minutes longer. This can cause a rapid decline in your home comfort, as the harder your system works, the faster it deteriorates. 

Has it come time to replace your heating and cooling system? Schedule furnace or AC replacement with Russell’s today, at or get in touch here.

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Regular annual maintenance keeps your system operating at peak efficiency. Experience has shown that a system that runs well keeps your utility costs in line — in fact, independent 3rd party research shows that you can save over $30 per month on utility bills.


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.

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  • 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.

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    Danny and Teresa S., Chesapeake, VA
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    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