Monday, May 20, 2019

Should You Replace Your Furnace When You Replace Your Air Conditioner?

If your air conditioner or furnace has broken down, the broken portion needs to be replaced for the other to function. However, when you do this, should you also replace the other? The furnace and the air conditioner work together to get cool air in your home, but replacing both a furnace and an air conditioner at the same time can be expensive.

However, there are situations where you may want to consider it for the overall best result. At JR Perkins Heating & Cooling, our experience has taught us a few things about how to determine when replacement is necessary.

When to Replace a Furnace and Air Conditioner Together

In truth, furnaces generally have a longer lifespan than an air conditioner, which is great considering they cost more than an air conditioner to replace. However, an older furnace can impede a newer air conditioner from running at peak energy efficiency.

If you have a furnace that is older than 15 years old, you may want to consider replacing it with your air conditioner as well. Although furnaces can often last as long as 30 years, it will limit your air conditioner's ability to cool efficiently. The same should apply if you have an air conditioner with a fairly efficient SEER rating above 16. This is considered high-efficiency, but it may be a waste with an old furnace that cannot accommodate it.

When Not to Replace a Furnace and an Air Conditioner

You may know when you should replace your furnace and your air conditioning unit together, but there are also times in which you really don't need to. Typically, this can be said whenever a furnace is under 10 years old. Your furnace is still practically a young appliance at 10, as it has a maximum lifespan of 30 years. Your air conditioner, with a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, may very well go out again before your furnace. In essence, you only need to replace them together every other replacement cycle.

For more questions on what the right choice is for your home system and budget, get in touch with our team of experts at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling today.

JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the longest family owned and operated heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Air Conditioner

If your home's air conditioning system is over ten years old, you should replace it with a more effective and efficient model. Doing so will help you avoid the need for costly repairs and also reduce your utility bills. Here are a number of factors that you should consider when selecting an air conditioner for installation.

Cost and Efficiency 
It's a common impulse to look for the cheapest HVAC unit available, but more costly systems are generally more efficient. They also need fewer repairs in the long run. Here are some of the most efficient air conditioners:
  • Central air: the largest and most common system type, used to cool an entire home through a duct system • Ductless: a more compact and efficient system, used to cool single rooms or an entire residence through a multi-unit system
  • Packaged: the smallest and easiest to install option, best for cooling small apartments and homes
  • Geothermal: the most efficient system, capable of cooling a home and acting as a water heating system simultaneously
Warranties are a must for any responsible buyer. They ensure that you are protected if something goes wrong with the unit. Be sure that your installer has warranty coverage. Know what needs to be done to keep your warranty valid. If the terms aren't followed, the warranty will not be usable when needed.

Thermostat Options 
Programmable thermostats allow your unit to be turned on and off at predetermined times. An expert at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling can show you how to set it to turn itself down or off when you need to leave for work or it's time for bed, then turn itself up or back on when you come home or wake up. Zoning systems let you set the temperatures of different rooms individually. This option is very helpful in residences where different people are comfortable at different temperatures. Smart thermostats can be run from your computer and use motion sensors to learn your patterns of movement and timing. This allows the thermostat to run in a way that is convenient for you without the need for programming.

If you are unsure about what type of air conditioning unit is best for you it may be best to sit down and have a detailed conversation with an air conditioning professional at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling. They have the experience and know-how to help you find the perfect unit to fill your unique needs.

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

Friday, March 29, 2019

How this Refrigerant Phaseout Affects Your Air Conditioner

Most homeowners don't know it, but their air conditioner is probably approaching the end of its life cycle. Air conditioners typically need replacement every 10 to 15 years, but if you purchased yours before 2010, it should be replaced before 2020 due to the decision to phase out R-22 refrigerants.

R-22 is one of the most popular and widely used refrigerants in air conditioners. However, as of 2010, the decision was made to no longer use it by the Environmental Protection Agency and to slowly phase it out. Due to the Fluorocarbons and Hydrofluorocarbons that deplete the ozone, use of R-22 is to be phased out completely after 2020 when that last air conditioners using it will be ready to be naturally replaced anyway.

Afterwards, no new R-22 can be produced and any that is needed to make repairs will need to come from previously existing stocks or repurposed from old air conditioners. Air conditioners are built so that they technically do not lose refrigerant over time. The R-22 that is in your air conditioner now should last for its lifetime or longer. Unfortunately, if the unit becomes damaged, it can leak refrigerant and in order to actually cool the air, new refrigerant will need to be added after the leak has been repaired.

So, what does this mean for air conditioning after 2020? Once R-22 is discontinued, air conditioning repair that involves adding new refrigerant to your unit will be vastly more expensive, and eventually, impossible to even do. The good news is that if your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, it is likely due for replacement by 2020 anyway (by design). If you’re not sure whether your unit is due for replacement by 2020, feel free to ask your JR Perkins Heating & Cooling technician.

While you may not want to replace your air conditioner, it will be beneficial in the long run because a newer air conditioner using other refrigerant alternatives can be more energy efficient and save you money in the long run. Additionally, you’ll be avoiding any harmful effects on the environment that can occur with the use of R-22.

If you have questions about replacing your AC unit, or what this R-22 phaseout means for your HVAC system, feel free to call JR Perkins Heating & Cooling today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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

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

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

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

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 or call (480) 422-4437.