Wednesday, February 27, 2019

What to Do About Moisture Around Your Air Conditioner Vents

If you start to notice water stains on the ceiling around your vents or even feel the vents and they are wet to the touch, you have a problem that needs to be addressed promptly. What you are seeing is condensation forming inside of your vents. Similar to a can of soda, the air inside your ducts is cold, but the air around it is hot enough to form condensation inside your vents. Not only can this cause water damage, water in your vents can also result in mold growth that can be even more difficult to deal with.

At JR Perkins Heating & Cooling, we often explain to our customers why this happens in the first place. Condensation inside of your air conditioner vents will typically manifest for two reasons:

1. The duct boot, or the part where the duct connects to the vent, is possibly not properly sealed. This means that air is leaking out and meeting warm air. Not only does this cause moisture, but it effects energy efficiency as well.

2. The second cause is because your ducts are not properly insulated. Insulation of your duct work serves to not allow the hot air outside of the properly sealed ducts to meet with the cool air inside as directly. Insulation is installed to specifically prevent condensation from forming. If you, for some reason, installed your own duct work and didn't use insulation because you thought it was only for cold weather, this is a problem and likely the reason you have wet vents.

Once you have discovered wet vents, it is important to call your JR Perkins Heating & Cooling HVAC service technician to fix the cause. If the cause is not immediately apparent, your technician can help you find it and fix it. They can ensure your ducts are sealed tightly and find signs of compromised insulation. Furthermore, your service technician can help you test and mitigate mold and mildew within your duct work.

JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

What Happens During an Air Conditioner Repair Call

If your air conditioner is broken, the obvious answer is to call a repair service like JR Perkins Heating & Cooling to get it back on its feet again. However, you may wonder what needs to be done or what is expected of you. Sometimes the best way to take the uncertainty out of the situation is to be informed about what will happen.

Your air conditioner repair visit will probably start off in a way you might not expect. It is likely that our technician will first want to look at the thermostat rather than the air conditioner. You'd be surprised at how many problems are really just a result of thermostat programming issues.

After that potential cause has been crossed off, it is time to inspect the air conditioning unit. The best case scenario is your technician will open it up and the problem will become immediately apparent. Unfortunately, things usually aren't that simple, so they will usually begin a special diagnosis process. This might include your technician listening to your air conditioner and checking the wiring.

The process of discerning which part of the air conditioner is broken is very much one of trial and error. Often times, all it takes is one broken part in the process and nothing works. Therefore, it’s important for your JR Perkins Heating & Cooling technician to isolate the singular part that isn't working.

Once the failed part has been found, this is where you will come in. Your technician will explain what broke and what is necessary to fix it. We will also give you an accurate estimate of the cost before doing the repair. Often times, it is more cost effective to invest in a new air conditioner rather than repair your old one, especially if the repair is just a Band-Aid for age.

JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Top 3 Air Conditioner Supplies to Stock Up on Each Year

Extreme weather years like 2018 create a particularly demanding environment for your air conditioning system, from top to bottom. That's why now is the perfect time to check up on and maintain your temperature or environmental control systems, as on the milder days it's easier to work outdoors. If you need to expose the internals of your air conditioner or open a duct for maintenance, warmer weather is the preferred circumstance.

With that in mind, it's a great time to take stock of your air conditioner and figure out what you might need to prepare for demanding weather conditions! Here are the top 3 air conditioner supplies that we at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling recommend our professional and home owning customers look into each year:

Air Intakes
                                       
The duct joints that "pull in" the cooler air produced by your air conditioner are called air intakes. They are a common stress point due to the temperature fluctuation, air pressure, and physical stress inherent to their location within your duct system. Check out your intakes, look for any stressed or misshapen areas, and mark any showing wear or with leakage points for replacement.

Air Filters

Air filters are usually made of fiberglass, are inexpensive to replace, and come with immediately noticeable benefits for your air quality when transitioning from a thoroughly used filter to a brand new one. Your
air filter is the first line of defense between debris and dust from the outdoors and the inside of your home or business. Every summer, check and replace your filters to eliminate the health risks associated with poor air quality.

Air Conditioner Covers
Replace your air conditioner covers every few years. While you're checking the above points, it's worth giving a yearly look to the condition of your cover. Even the highest quality cover takes a heavy toll from the condensation inherent to air conditioner operation, and will eventually become less useful for its intended purpose over time.

Ready to check out your air conditioning system to make sure it's prepared for this summer and beyond? Great! If you have any more questions on maintaining your air conditioner, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling today!


JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

What Size Air Conditioner is Right for Your Home?

If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, the choice can be surprisingly overwhelming. J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling is here to help you make the right choice. Not only are there different brands and designs to contend with, but there are so many other factors as well. When choosing a new air conditioner, it is best to take the process one step at a time. Your first step should be deciding on what size air conditioner you need.

For every home, the size of an air conditioner matters. If you choose one that is too small or even too big, it won't efficiently cool your home, meaning you will be spending much more than you need to.
Any of our experienced air conditioning technicians will be able to give you an accurate estimate on what size you want for an air conditioner. If you simply want to cool one room, you may not even need a whole house model. For most homes, you won't need an overly large model. What you want is an air conditioner that will cycle properly. This means it will not cool down the home too fast (as a large model would) so that it doesn't remove the humidity from the air. Furthermore, you don't want it to take too long cooling the home because it will send your energy bills rising.

If you are in the market for a new air conditioner and aren't sure what size your home needs, it is best to talk to a professional at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling before buying. Sometimes you will find that your home needs much less of an air conditioner than you were ready to buy. Of course, the opposite can also be true. If you are looking for a new air conditioner or just have endless questions before you feel comfortable enough to buy, give us a call and we will be willing to sit down with you.

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

Friday, October 12, 2018

Why Does My Air Conditioner Keep Turning On and Off?

If your air conditioner is constantly turning on and then back off again, it is a problem that shouldn't be ignored. This issue is known as short cycling, and it not only means something is wrong with your air conditioning system, but it also means your home is not being properly cooled. You need to determine what is causing this short cycling and have it fixed. A trained technician at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling can help diagnose the issue for you. If left alone, short cycling will cause damage to your entire air conditioning unit. 

Thermostat Issues


The most unsuspected cause of short cycling could very well be your thermostat. A thermostat gauges the air around it, and as such, it decides when it needs to activate your air conditioning based on that ambient temperature around it. This means that something like sun shining on your thermostat, for example, could cause your thermostat to misread the home's temperature. However, when it senses cool enough air, it will turn your air conditioning off. Having a thermostat in the sun or over a vent can cause short cycling issues.

Low Refrigerant


When the refrigerant is low in your air conditioner, the compressor levels become unstable and it can cause short cycling. Refrigerant is necessary for absorbing heat and producing cool air from your air conditioner. However, refrigerant doesn't just run low. When you have low refrigerant, it means there is a leak that needs to be rectified before your air conditioner stops working altogether.

Air Conditioner is Too Large


When it comes to air conditioners, bigger is not better. Any air conditioning technician at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling will agree. What happens when an air conditioner is too big for your home is that it cools the house too fast and causes the air conditioner to short cycle. This seems like it would be preferred, but air conditioners take increased wear while short cycling, and also suffer from diminished energy efficiency.

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Boost A/C Performance with These Tips

It's hotter than blazes, and if you feel like your air conditioner isn't keeping up with the cooling demand in your home, a few simple and inexpensive tasks can boost its performance—and save you money on energy costs. From the team at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, here are five surefire ways to enjoy cool comfort without cranking down the thermostat.

1. Seal air leaks.


If your home's envelope is leaking air, your air conditioner has to work overtime to compensate as cool air escapes and warm air infiltrates. Caulk around leaky windows and baseboards, and install weatherstripping around exterior doors. Seal around pipes and service entrances on exterior walls, and make sure the attic hatch is well-sealed. 

2. Install a programmable thermostat.


A programmable thermostat that's properly installed and programmed can shave ten percent off your cooling bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To enjoy savings without sacrificing comfort, set your thermostat to eight degrees higher than normal while you're at work and four degrees higher than normal while you're asleep. You'll never have to worry about forgetting to set it back, and you can program it to have your rooms cool by the time you wake up or arrive home.

3. Get a tune-up.


Your air conditioner works hard all season long to keep you comfortable. Much like a car, your system loses efficiency over time, but an annual tune-up can restore peak operation and prevent common problems. During a tune-up, a certified technician will test the controls, remove dust buildup, tighten belts and electrical connections, and check for refrigerant leaks and other problems.

4. Turn on those fans.


When you're hot, sweat evaporates from your skin to eliminate heat and regulate body temperature. Fans keep the air moving around your skin to promote more evaporation, which keeps you cooler. Turning on your fan increases your comfort, even at higher thermostat settings. But remember: Fans cool people, not air. Turn them off when you leave the room to save energy.

5. Replace the air filter.


A dirty air filter restricts airflow and makes your air conditioner work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy and dollars. Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can increase system efficiency by up to 15 percent, according to the Department of Energy. Choose a high quality, pleated air filter, and check it each month. If it's coated in dust, replace it. 

Comfort doesn't have to be costly, and you can even save money on cooling bills by keeping your air conditioner in top condition and maintaining an energy efficient home. For more information about ways to stay cool during the dog days of summer, feel free to contact J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Air Conditioning Maintenance for Pet Owners

At J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, we find that one of the often overlooked aspects of pet ownership (or pet parenthood, if you prefer) is the amount of hair and dander that animals can produce. This is a problem with the most common household pets: dogs and cats. Hair and dander can vary dramatically between breeds, but are still major household problems in most cases. It can have a significant impact on a home's indoor air quality and an equally significant impact on its air conditioner. If you are a pet owner, you can help to protect your air conditioning unit and other parts of your HVAC system by following these steps:

Bathe and Groom your Pets Regularly

Bathing and grooming are important for your pets' wellbeing but it is important for your HVAC system as well. It can help to control the amount of hair that the animal sheds and which can end up inside your air conditioner.

Change or Clean your Filters More Frequently

The most common recommendation our team at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling offers for homeowners regarding filter-changing schedules is to do it monthly. If you have a pet that sheds a lot (or multiple hairy pets) you may want to shorten the length of time you go without changing or cleaning your filter. Clogged filters increase energy costs and can cause your system to break down.

Brush your Pets Outdoors

Brushing pets inside will result in the dispersal of filter-clogging hair and dander throughout the rooms in your home. Even if you vacuum some of it up, you will never get all of it. What escapes will eventually make its way into your HVAC system and may cause issues.

Even if you clean your home frequently, you should still have your HVAC system inspected by professionals on a regular basis. Contact us by calling (480) 422-4437 or visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com. We serve the East Valley area (Phoenix, and more specifically Scottsdale) and can help you to keep your HVAC system running smoothly even with pets in your household.