Sunday, April 15, 2018

Air Conditioning in Allergy Season

If allergy season is hitting you hard, it may be time to ensure that your air conditioner is a helper and not a hindrance. By keeping the places that collect dust, pollen, mold, and other harmful particulate matters spic and span, your air conditioner can aid in preventing an unnecessarily uncomfortable spring.

Vents and Filters

Keeping your doors and windows shut while allergy-triggering pollen flies around outside may not be enough to prevent the sniffles and sneezes. Keep your vents and filters clean as a whistle so that stealth pollen doesn't bother you or your family members. You may also want to consider a Home Performance Audit to find out just how air is circulating in your home, seal up unsealed ductwork, or fix problematic areas like air leaks that might be causing minor health issues for your family.

Ducts and Carpets

It's also important to keep your ducts and carpets as clean as possible. Leftover particulate matter from home renovation projects or just plain old dust left in ducts and circulated by your AC will agitate your allergies. Furthermore, mold growing atop tile or in damp corners can become mold particles in your circulated air. Your properly maintained air conditioner can work as a dehumidifier to keep your home dry and prevent growths. It's also important to keep tiled areas clean of any possible mold to prevent reactions. You should always consult your J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling technician before deep cleaning carpets and ducts.

Air Quality

You may want to consider a HEPA filter or air cleaner, but it could restrict air flow. Consider a Trane CleanEffects Air Cleaner for the prevention of allergic reactions in your household and improved air quality.

When you come home from a long day during allergy season, your home should be a haven and not another place that might agitate you and your loved ones further. For more information, contact the professionals at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling.

JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley servicing Phoenix, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our Website at or call (480) 422-4437.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Why Is Your Air Conditioner Making Noises?

A noisy air conditioner can not only be a nuisance, but it could also be a sign that your unit is on the verge of a breakdown. Ignoring the noises that your air conditioner is making could result in a minor issue becoming an even bigger one. To help you diagnose the issue, here is what you need to know to avoid a major repair.

What Is Causing the Noise? 

The type of noise you are hearing could provide a clue as to what is going on with your air conditioner. For instance, a clicking noise could be a sign that the thermostat is on the verge of failing. It could also point to a problem with other electrical components within the unit. 

A clanking or banging noise could be indicative of compressor issues. The compressor itself could be loose or have a loose part, such as a piston pin. An imbalance with the indoor blower or outdoor fan could also lead to both noises. 

Other noises, such as buzzing, humming, and squealing, can result from other issues, including debris in the unit, a dirty condenser coil, or refrigerant leaks.

What Can You Do? 

Unless you have experience with air conditioner repairs, your options for dealing with a noisy air conditioner are limited. However, there are a few steps you can take to attempt to resolve the issue. 
For instance, you can change the air filter in the unit. You should also check the outside unit for debris. Debris can sometimes be removed with the use of a vacuum cleaner equipped with a brush attachment. Before attempting to remove the debris, turn off the electrical power to the unit. 

If the noises continue, contact us. An experienced JR Perkins HVAC technician can inspect your air conditioner, locate the source of the noise, and take the necessary steps to get your unit operating as quietly and efficiently as possible.

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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Help! My Air Conditioning Unit is Leaking Water

Most air conditioning units produce water as part of the cooling process. They use the water to cool the warm air that your home discharges. However, the water produced should run out of the back or through a specific drain line within the system. If you notice that water is leaking from somewhere else and pooling in your home, you should be alarmed. Here are some of the top reasons why your AC is leaking water and what you can do about the problem.

Clogged drain lines

The air conditioner is designed to drain most of the water that is produced during the cooling process. Unfortunately, with the debris and dust in the air, your drain lines may get clogged over time. This causes water to collect in the unit instead of getting discharged. The accumulated water leaks through the ducts and other indoor components. If you notice that the AC is leaking, unplug it and inspect the drain line for blockage. Ensure that it is clean before plugging in the unit.

Ice collection in the coils

During the warm weather, the AC unit may collect a lot of water due to high levels of humidity. When there is too much water in the air conditioner, the fans blow some of it on the cold coils. This can cause the coils to collect ice. As warm air blows into the air conditioner, it melts the ice and causes water to pool beneath the AC. Your air conditioner coils can collect ice even during the summer; therefore, you should check the coils if you notice puddles of water below the unit.

Infiltration of warm air

Your window air conditioner requires proper sealing to prevent warm air from infiltrating your home. If the unit isn't sealed correctly, air flows through, and as it hits the conditioned air in the house, it condenses. Humidity is forced out of the air, and this leads to the formation of water droplets which drip down the sides of the AC unit. You should seal it properly to prevent warm air from infiltrating the house.

Water leakage can significantly affect the performance of your AC unit's components. If you are unable to pinpoint the source of the problem, don't hesitate to contact us. We will inspect the AC unit, identify the problem, and carry out the necessary repairs to restore its performance. We service Phoenix, AZ, specifically Scottsdale. JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley. To learn more please visit our website at or call (480) 422-4437.

Monday, January 29, 2018

6 Qualities to Seek in Your Air Conditioning Contractor

Air conditioner problems seem to strike at the most inopportune times. Fortunately, you can survive the unpredictability of air conditioner troubles if you have a top-notch air conditioning contractor. From superb accessibility to expert technicians, you should seek an air conditioning contractor that offers the following six qualities.

1) Responsiveness that is second to none. When your air conditioner fails and you reach out to your contractor for help, you deserve a prompt and professional response. Make sure that your contractor offers same-day appointments and after hour emergency service.

2) Decades of industry experience. Contractors with multiple decades of experience have invaluable expertise acquired through years of resolving the most challenging HVAC issues. They typically have accumulated an extensive network of contacts and resources that can be instrumental in resolving your air conditioning complications quickly.

3) Industry accreditations.
As you conduct your search, look for contractors who are APS Qualified and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Contractors who are Trane Comfort Specialists are also good choices, as they are committed to the best installation and cooling technology.

4) Affordable pricing.
The contractor you choose should offer fair pricing and convenient financing options such as monthly payments. The contractor you choose should also reward new and existing customers by offering special promotions.

5) Highly trained technicians.
A team of properly trained technicians is the cornerstone of success for an air conditioning contractor. Ideally, your contractor should have North American Technical Excellence (NATE) Certified Technicians on staff to ensure that your air conditioner is serviced by a contractor with training in nine specialty areas.

6) A focus on the future.
The most accomplished contractors are interested in helping you save money and conserve precious energy. They educate their customers about HVAC care and offer energy savings programs to encourage preventive maintenance.

There is no substitute for a combination of experience, responsiveness, and professionalism when it comes to selecting an air conditioning contractor. By choosing a contractor that possesses the qualities above, you will be ready to face the heat of the summer with confidence. JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley servicing Phoenix, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more please visit our website at or call (480) 422-4437.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Hidden Costs of Your Old Air Conditioner

I recently heard a homeowner bragging about their old air conditioner "it still runs." Unfortunately, he doesn't realize his electric bill is probably quite higher than necessary. An air conditioner is not an heirloom possession.

Better Efficiency

Over the past decade or so, efficiency has dramatically improved. This is because of public awareness of energy and the government enacting efficiency requirements. Your airconditioner efficiency is very low if it was installed before 2006. Today's air conditioners are more than twice as efficient as the pre-2006 units (based on government-defined efficiency ratings).

Imagine the cost of electricity for the major electricity consuming appliance in your home as half as much.

Over-sizing was the Rule

Rule-of-thumb was the method for sizing old air conditioning systems. That rule was to make sure it was big enough to cool the house. Unfortunately, in keeping to this rule, a rather generous safety margin emerged. Everyone knew it would use a good amount of energy, but electricity was cheap back then.

There are two problems with this sizing rule. The obvious one, electricity rates have increased tremendously over the decades. The other problem has to do with the cooling needed by the home. If you have done absolutely nothing to your home since installation of the air conditioner, then its capacity is probably about right. But, if you have replaced windows, added siding, or added insulation above your ceiling, then the cooling requirement for the home could be less. An over-sized air conditioner causes temperature swings in your home due to rapid on and off cycling.

Do Not Decide on Your Own

Even if it seems that you should replace your air conditioner, you will need assistance in selecting the best economical size and efficiency. The professionals at J. R. Perkins can provide this assistance and they can provide more insight than provided in this short article. After talking to J.R. Perkins, you can do the bragging. JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley and services Phoenix, specifically Scottsdale, AZ. To learn more please visit our website at or call (480) 422-4437.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Properly Cleaning Out Your Air Conditioning Unit

If you use an air conditioner to cool down your home or apartment during warmer months, it is likely you do not wish to experience downtime due to improper maintenance. Yearly assessments of your air conditioner, in addition to regular cleaning sessions of the components within the unit, will aid in keeping your machine working at times you need it most. Here are some steps to follow when cleaning out a window unit.

Turn Off Power To Your Unit Before Doing A Cleaning Session
Before you clean out your air conditioner, make sure it is not plugged into an electrical outlet. Failing to unplug your air conditioning unit before doing a cleaning session can lead to the possibility of an electrical shock as you will be working with the interior portions of the unit with cleaners and water. While turning off the unit will aid in keeping it from running during your cleaning session, electricity will still be present if you do not unplug it.

Remove The Grill Cover And Clean Out The Coils To Remove Debris
The exterior side of your unit will have a cover present which you will be able to remove rather easily. Pry the cover away from the unit with a screwdriver if it does not come loose when you use your fingertips to pull it away from the main portion of the air conditioner. When this cover is taken off, coils underneath will be exposed. These coils should remain free of debris to ensure maximum efficiency in the cooling of the interior of your home or apartment. To remove surface dust, dip a piece of microfiber cloth in water and wring out the cloth to remove excess liquid. Use the cloth to gently wipe down each coil by hand.

Use A Vacuum Cleaner To Remove Excess Dust And Change The Filter
The grill portion of your air conditioner, in addition to the inside components, can be vacuumed to remove dirt. Use a soft brush attachment to do the job. When you vacuum the interior of the unit, do not rub the brush over any of the components as you remove dirt. Instead, keep the brush an inch or so away from components to aid in the avoidance of damage to them. Swap the brush attachment with a crevice tool to remove dirt from the fins that make up the grill portion of your unit. After dirt is removed, slide out the air filter and replace it with a new one. If your machine has a washable filter, remove it and soak it in a sink full of warm water for several minutes and allow to air dry before placing back in your unit.

It is best to have your air conditioning unit serviced yearly. This will ensure it is able to be used during the hottest temperatures without unnecessary downtime. If you require assistance in maintaining your air conditioning unit, do not hesitate to contact JR Perkins to schedule an appointment. JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, serving Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ. To learn more please visit our website at or call (480) 422-4437.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Central vs. Ductless Air Conditioning

There are quite a few kinds of air conditioners, but not all are equally suited to residential usage. Here is a comparison of two popular residential air conditioning solutions: central and ductless mini-split systems.

Central air conditioners are simple and effective. Central air conditioners extract heat from regular air and then distribute the resulting cool air throughout your home. Central air conditioning is often the best choice when you are looking to cool your entire home, but it does require a little extra maintenance. Not only do you need to keep the air conditioner in working order, but you also need to make sure that your ventilation isn't getting clogged up.

Ductless Mini-Split systems are similar in that they have a central cooling unit and outlets throughout your home. You can choose which rooms get cold air at any time. While a central system uses ventilation to move cold air, a ductless system has refrigeration lines that directly connect the refrigeration unit to the fan systems in each room. This cold air is then blown right into the room, somewhat like a cleaner swamp cooler.

So which option is better?

Central air conditioners require much less effort to install if you already have ventilation in place. They are also pretty good choices if you are planning on keeping all of your rooms equally cool.
Ductless systems are easier to install if you don't have ventilation already. They are efficient if you are only planning on cooling a few rooms since they allow you to save energy that would otherwise be spent on bringing down the temperature in the rest of your house.

Did you know that JR Perkins was the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley? Our service area includes Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding areas. To learn more please visit our website at or call (480) 422-4437.