Thursday, May 25, 2017

Solve Uneven Cooling With These Tricks

Uneven cooling is a common problem, especially in multi-story homes. Dirty filters, ductwork issues, or the age of your air conditioning system can all affect how well your AC cools the various parts of your home. If one part of your home feels like a sauna while another feels like Alaska, the following tips may provide a solution.

Check Your Vents:
Start by making sure that all vents and registers are free of dirt and debris and that they are not blocked by furniture or other items. If the second floor of your home is overly warm, you can partially close some of the first-floor vents. This will help direct more of the cool air to the second floor of your home.

Adjust the Fan Setting:
Most people keep the fan setting on their thermostat in the "auto" position. This means that the fan only runs and circulates air during the cooling cycle. Switching the fan to "on" allows it to continue to run even when the rest of the system cycles off, which can help even out the temperature throughout the house.

Check for Leaks:
Small holes, tears, and gaps in your ductwork can allow cool air to escape before it reaches its intended destination. Ductwork leaks also force your air conditioner to work harder, which can significantly shorten the lifespan of your system. An HVAC professional can inspect your ducts and make any necessary repairs.

Add Insulation:
Adding more insulation to your attic will help you get more out of your air conditioner by keeping the cool air in and the hot air out.

Upgrade Your AC:
Although it does require a larger financial investment, a new zone cooling system will give you the flexibility to independently control the temperature in various parts of your home. An HVAC professional can help you design a zoned system based on the size and layout of your home along with how you use the various spaces within the home. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it is probably time to considering replacing it. Air conditioning technology has improved significantly over the past decade to provide greater comfort and energy efficiency.

J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling has been providing Phoenix, specifically Scottsdale, and the surrounding area with reliable HVAC service since 1960. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What Are the Benefits of Using a Programmable Thermostat with my Air Conditioner?

The big benefit of a programmable thermostat, with your air conditioner, is that it will save you money and energy. Programmable thermostats are able to store settings for different times of the day, and different days of the week, so that you are not running your air conditioner full force when you are not home. For example, you could set a programmable thermostat so that your cooling system does not work very hard while you are at work or on vacation. As a result, you can potentially save up to 10 percent on your home cooling costs with just a 7 to 10 degree setting change for the 8 hours you are at work. How does that sound?

Before the advancement of microchip technology, the typical thermostat used a rather unsophisticated mechanical mercury switch. The switch tilted one way when the temperature was achieved, turning off the cooling system. When the house started to warm again, the switch tilted the other way, and the air conditioner turned back on. It was all very simple and very easy, but was a bit inaccurate and required manual setting. Microchip technology advanced thermostats, making them more accurate, user-friendly, and far more efficient.

However, while a basic programmable thermostat has many great features like a 7-day programmable schedule, holiday recognition, and diagnostic features, technology continues to advance. Today, you can install a smart thermostat. Smart technology is loosely described as everyday items and appliances with internet connectivity. Therefore, smart thermostats allow you to control your home's temperature using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Moreover, smart thermostats have the power to learn your behaviors and preferences, and will begin to make automatic adjustments based on things like today's weather or if it detects you coming home early (via your smartphone's location).

Ultimately, whether you choose a programmable or smart thermostat, all are certified by the government to have features that will help you save energy. That said, with proper use, they will not only save you money, but they will also improve your comfort at home. Look for a thermostat with the ENERGY STAR logo on the package.

Serving Scottsdale AZ, JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Maintaining Your Air Conditioner’s Condenser Fins

Air conditioners contain a number of components that remain a source of mystery for many homeowners. Unfortunately, this lack of understanding often leads to the need for more expensive repairs when things go wrong down the line. If you would like to learn more about your AC, as well as the maintenance it requires in Scottsdale AZ, read on. This article will discuss how--and why--to keep your condenser fins in good condition.

The Role of the Condenser Fins
As you might guess, the condenser fins are located on your air conditioner’s condenser unit--in other words, that large whirring cube that can usually be found along the exterior of your house. The fins are responsible for helping to diffuse the heat generated by the condenser as it operates. This keeps the condenser from overheating and breaking down.

Condenser Fin Problems
The condenser fins, being made up of extremely thin and close-set sheets of metal. Over time they tend to become caked with dirt and yard debris. Likewise, their fragile nature makes them susceptible to becoming bent out of shape. Both of these things act to decrease the effectiveness of the fins at transferring heat, thus reducing the operating efficiency of the condenser, while also increasingly the likelihood of a breakdown.

Fin Cleaning and Straightening
The good news is that it is fairly simple to keep your fins in good shape. Begin by cutting off power to the condenser and, if your unit has one, removing the outer metal frame that surrounds it. This will expose the rows upon rows of condenser fins. Use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a brush attachment to remove as much dirt and debris as possible. Then rinse the fins off using your garden hose. Bent fins can be straightened out again through the use of the inexpensive tool known as a condenser fin comb.

Serving Scottsdale AZ, JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Tips to Pick the Perfect Air Conditioning Contractor to Rescue You

Air conditioning and heating is one of the most competitive industries in the nation. There are all kinds of companies, big or small, and any one of them could be honest and trustworthy, while some others might bend the rules just to make money. To find the best air conditioning contractor in your area you need to not only do research, but also know what to look for. When it comes to choosing a reputable and reliable air conditioning contractor, consider several characteristics of solid company.

Reputation and credentials 
Look for a licensed and insured contractor, and avoid ones that aren’t. First, find out if a company is NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified or APS qualified. Also, take a look at their Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List ratings. These are reliable checks you can perform, and will immediately tell you if you are looking at an honest and well-trained contractor.

Flexible financing and competitive pricing 
A solid, upstanding HVAC company often offers free estimates on new systems. Most people want to use the credit card of their choice or consider financing options, especially when investing in a new A/C system. Demand flat rate pricing with total transparency from your HVAC service provider.

Prompt service 
As a customer, it’s frustrating to wait around with a broken heating and cooling system, especially with extreme temperatures. Rely on a company that offers same day appointments. Requesting service and estimates online lets you get back to your day. When you need emergency service after normal business hours, it’s important to contact a company that treats you like family.

When your heating or cooling system fails, you want the perfect air conditioning contractor to rescue you. Just as the paramedics help you in a medical situation, a good HVAC contractor is a lifesaver when a unit goes out: providing fast, professional service from a reputable and qualified company for a reasonable price. JR Perkins serves the Phoenix AZ area and surrounding cities including Scottsdale.

JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Two Ways an Air Conditioning Contractor Can Boost Your Energy Efficiency

There’s simply no denying that air conditioners are one of the most indispensable of home appliances. Yet they can also be the cause of a lot of stress when it comes time to pay the energy bill. If you would like to learn more about what you can do to help keep the cost of your air conditioner as low as possible, read on. This article will discuss two ways that an air conditioning contractor can help boost your AC’s efficiency. Located in Phoenix AZ and serving Scottsdale, JR Perkins is the perfect air conditioning contractor to work with on this topic.

Insulate Ducts in Heat-prone Areas 


It is vital that the chilled air being generated by your air conditioner’s condenser unit remain as cold as possible on its way to the various rooms of your home. Unfortunately, unwanted heat loss remains more common than you might realize. That’s because, where ducts pass through naturally hot parts of the house--attics and crawlspaces, for example--they tend to soak up a good deal of heat. As a result, your air conditioner is forced to work harder and longer in order to accomplish its cooling. Fortunately, you can prevent this type of unwanted heat gain by having an air conditioner contractor insulate any ducts located in such problem areas.

Identify Problematic Air Leaks 


Heat absorption isn’t the only factor at play in boosting your monthly cooling bill. Air leaks are another common--yet often overlooked--source of inefficiency. In fact, air leaks have been estimated to be responsible for efficiency losses of up to 30 percent! The worst part is that many of these leaks are so subtle as to be virtually undetectable without precision equipment. Luckily, many experienced air conditioning contractors utilize thermal imaging technology to identify areas where cracks, gaps, and poor insulation are allowing air leaks to decrease the efficiency of your air conditioner.

JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Repairing a Clogged Condensate Drain Line

There’s no denying that air conditioners are complex appliances, which often require the intervention of a professional when it comes time for repairs. Yet certain air conditioning repairs are basic enough that even relative amateurs can accomplish them. If you would like to learn more about one such repair for fixing a leaky AC, read on. This article will discuss how--and why--to clear out a clogged drain line.

The Problem 


A running air conditioner produces a good deal of water, in the form of condensation. This condensation forms on the evaporator coils as the frigid refrigerant flows through them. The water then drips down into the condensate drain pan, which carries it to a drain line leading safely away from the air conditioner.

Over time, however, debris, build-up, and even algae act to form blockages within the condensate line. This causes the water to back up in the drain pan, eventually spilling over the sides and manifesting as a leak.

The Solution 


Fixing this problem is relatively simple. To begin, shut off the power to your air conditioner and remove the outer grill from the condenser in your yard. To do this, you’ll need to find the grill’s attachment points and loosen them up with either a screwdriver or a wrench.

Once you’ve got the grill lifted free, you should be able to easily identify the drain pan, which is comprised of a flat metal rectangle. At one corner you will see the hole that leads to the drain line. Boil up a kettle of water and then pour it carefully and slowly into this hole. The boiling hot water is often enough to loosen up and blockages.

You may also use a pipe cleaner of the appropriate thickness to help remove more stubborn build up. Chances are this will restore proper functionality to the drain line, and thus eliminate your nagging leak. If not, feel free to contact J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, an HVAC company that services the Phoenix AZ area including Scottsdale, for a professional evaluation.

JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Don't Put Off Air Conditioning Repair Until Next Year

Now that the summer has come to an end and temperatures will be cooling off soon, you might be thinking about putting off any necessary air conditioning repair until next year. After all, you’ll be relying on your system less as the cooler months arrive, and waiting until next year can give you a little more time to budget for the repairs. However, if at all possible, it's generally best to handle repair issues right away rather than waiting.

First of all, you should know that many heating and air conditioning units share a lot of components, such as if you have a central heating and air conditioning system. This means that it’s important that your system as a whole is in good working order, so that you are prepared to cool or heat your home as the weather changes.

Plus, time will likely fly by before you know it. You might continue to put off the repair and forget about it completely. Then, you might get a rather unpleasant surprise when you and your family try to turn up your air conditioning system when the weather heats up. Also, if you wait until the last minute, you might find that your favorite heating and air conditioning repair company is actually all booked up with appointments for other people's air conditioning repairs and tune-ups. This could leave you and your family dealing with the heat a lot longer than you had ever planned.

As you can see, it's generally not a good idea to put off air conditioning repair until next summer. Instead, call your HVAC contractor to come out and make these repairs now. Then, you can also have your entire system, maintained and inspected for any other less transparent issues at the same time.