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Air conditioners run better and last longer when they are serviced and attended to in a timely and efficient manner. Combing the fins of an air conditioning unit means to straighten and/or clean the outdoor condenser coils. Combing the fins can allow for better overall operation of an AC unit when it comes to cooling a home or building. The professionally trained staff at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling has tons of experience when it comes to performing preventative maintenance tasks and combing the fins of an outdoor AC unit.

What are the Fins of an Air Conditioner?

The fins are an important part of an air conditioner’s design. They can be seen from all sides of an outdoor AC unit if a person is looking at the cooling equipment closely. They are underneath the outer cover and have a metal, grill type look to them. They are typically made of aluminum.

Fins are a part of the AC unit process that pull in the air to provide a cooling climate in hot weather. If the fins are bent or pushed inward, they can obstruct air flow and make for an uncomfortable situation temperature-wise within an indoor environment.

Why Would Fins Need to be Combed?

The compressor fins of an air conditioner are located near the condenser. They also are often constructed out of thin metal pieces. Therefore, they can be easily bent or flattened during a severe storm that produces high winds, hail, or debris damage. A fallen tree could slam down on an AC unit and press the fins inward to make them go flat, while balls of hail have the ability to punch marks on an air conditioner’s fins and panels.

If the AC fins of a unit ever get bent, it is important to have them combed so the unit can get back to operating at full capacity with little to no interruption. J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling has a lot of experience with combing fins for all sizes and types of air conditioners. They are familiar with the process of removing an AC’s outdoor panel or shield to gain access for combing and cleaning the fins in order to keep the unit in good condition.

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

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It’s May and getting hot again, the phones are ringing with people looking for service and maintenance prices.  We give these callers options with prices and hear, “just checking around, I’ll get back to you”, or “don’t you have a Free service call or a $29 maintenance fee?”  These calls come from people that do not have a relationship with an HVAC company that they can trust. Our answer is always, “No, we don’t offer that!”  Here is why…

Companies like the J.R. Perkins Company do not have commissioned sales agent operating as service techs.  Ask your HVAC service provider or the Tech that arrives if they receive a commission on what they sell, and ask it to them exactly that way.  You can see that there could be a problem with your “Service Tech/Commissioned Sales Agent” being objective about repairs that may be needed.  If the more they sell you, the more take home pay they get…you can see where that could become a problem. Companies that can afford to advertise on TV often operate just that way.

Nothing is free, and people know that but we just can’t help ourselves.  “Free Service Call with Repair” gets lots of attention.  But, few people ever ask, “How much is the Service Call if there is no repair, or I don’t do the repair?”  You may get a “Free” service call, but more than likely the repair is going to be much more money than you’d normally pay.

No company can do a $29 or $39 maintenance service and survive, that would not even pay the vehicle cost much less the cost to pay and insure an EPA certified technician.  Unless the tech sells you something the company will lose their shirt.  So once again, you are most likely getting someone who is going to push repairs and “options” to increase the bottom line.

You can see how a “good boy can go bad” knowing that they can increase their take home pay by loading up customers with repairs.  Managers of companies like these always stress honesty but they also weekly and publically reward the “high earner” to encourage everyone to sell.  Those that do not yield high enough tickets get counseled or they get fired.

Most HVAC companies actually do service calls and maintenance calls at a slight loss knowing that repairs or sales may come of it.  It helps to keep service techs working in the slow season and handled properly can actually yield some revenue.  By doing a good job and not badgering the customer to constantly buy things, you can develop a long and trusting relationship with a customer that will ultimately be satisfying to both.  HVAC businesses like that are a dying breed, sad to say.

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During the hot summer months, your home air conditioner is an extremely important appliance as it will help to keep your home cool, comfortable, and safe. Due to the importance of an air conditioner, having access to an air conditioner contractor from JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is beneficial. An air conditioner contractor can provide you with a range of different valuable services.


One service that an air conditioner contractor can provide is installation. When you buy a new air conditioner, making sure that it is properly installed and incorporated into your home is very important. The contractor will be able to make sure that the air conditioner is installed properly and that it is functional and easy to use. The contractor will also explain to you what you need to do to maintain the air conditioner, what troubling signs you should look out for, and how you can make sure it runs efficiently.

Annual Service

While an air conditioner contractor can help with installation, they can also provide you with valuable annual services. When you have an air conditioner in your home, having it serviced on an annual basis will be very beneficial. An air conditioner will be able to inspect it, make sure it is running as efficiently as possible, and make any necessary repairs. The contractor will also be able to identify problems with the AC unit before they develop into more serious concerns. This could ultimately save you a lot of money.

Emergency Services

Having access to an air conditioner contractor is also beneficial as they will be able to provide you with emergency services. While you can take great care of your air conditioner, there are still situations in which it may not work correctly. In these situations, the contractor will be able to come to your home and make necessary repairs to ensure the air conditioner works when you need it most.

JR Perkins Heating & Cooling 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.

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A frozen air conditioner may not sound so bad, as it seems to indicate a unit is working really well. However, freezing is actually a sign of a problem with the functioning of an air conditioner and needs to be addressed.

Freezing is a fairly common issue, especially in older units or in those that are past due for routine maintenance. Below is more information about why freezing occurs and how the problem can be corrected by a JR Perkins Heating & Cooling technician.

What Causes an Air Conditioner to Freeze?
Your home’s central air conditioning system is a complex arrangement of components, consisting of a compressor, condenser, ducts and hundreds of other parts. However, it has one basic job and that’s transferring heat from the interior of your home to the outside air. All functions are secondary to this primary goal.

At the heart of this heat-transfer mechanism is the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is where cold refrigerant collects heat and moisture from the passing air and leaves it cold and dry. In a normally functioning system, the moisture collects as condensate and drains to the outside via a network of pipes.

However, if anything restricts the free exchange of heat from passing air to the coil, the condensate will freeze and prevent the system from working properly. A common problem that can cause freezing is a dirty air conditioning filter. A dirty filter slows down the flow of air past the evaporator coil, and this allows the exterior temperature of the coil to drop below freezing and ice forms as a result.

Ironically, ice formation is bad because it serves as an insulator between passing air and the refrigerant inside the coil. Little or no heat exchange will take place as a result, and the air conditioner will merely recirculate uncooled air.

What to do About a Frozen Air Conditioner?
If your air conditioner has frozen, the first step is to turn off the system for a couple of hours to allow the ice to thaw. Next, replace any unchanged filters with new, clean filters and turn on the system. This should permit air to circulate again past the evaporator coil and keep it from freezing. However, if the system freezes again, be sure to contact JR Perkins Heating & Cooling for help.

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.

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During the hot summer months, the most important thing that you can have in your home is a quality air conditioner. While an air conditioner can last for a long period of time, it does require maintenance and repairs from time to time to make sure it continues to work well. There are several reasons why you should consider having an air conditioner service and inspection completed before the start of the hot summer months.

Ensure That It Is Functional

The first reason why you should have an annual service completed is that it will help to ensure that the unit is functional. While an air conditioner could work great at the end of a summer season, any number of different things could happen during the winter that could affect it. By having your unit serviced, you can rest assured that it will be working well when it is needed. This can also prevent the need to pay for emergency repair service.

Improved Efficiency

One of the main goals of an air conditioning service, and especially JR Perkins, is to improve your unit’s efficiency. When the technician comes to inspect and repair the air conditioner unit, they will spend time cleaning it out and making sure all the parts are working properly. This will help it work more efficiently, result in a better output, and lower utility bills on a monthly basis.

Avoid Significant Repairs

The third reason why you should have your air conditioner serviced is because it will help you to avoid more serious repairs in the future. An air conditioner can last for a very long period of time if it is taken care of properly. The annual inspections will allow you to fix minor issues before they turn into more serious problems. This can help you avoid more significant repairs and allow the unit to last for much longer.

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.