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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 www.JRPerkins.com 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 www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

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Air conditioning is essential, although some people might put off having it installed when moving into a new home. However, it’s important to note that there aren’t a lot of alternatives to air conditioning that really work.

There are many people who use fans in order to keep their homes cool. They might also try to leave the windows open for longer. However, it’s still difficult to really keep a home cool using those techniques.

Effective Air Conditioning

There are people who avoid air conditioning installation partly because they are interested in the possibility of saving money on energy costs as a result. However, air conditioners can cool a home very thoroughly and effectively.

People can periodically turn off their air conditioners when the home gets too cool, and they can more or less just enjoy the level of cooling that they have already received. Many people will do this on their own anyway, and it tends to allow them to save on energy costs in a very natural manner.

The Rebound Effect and Conservation

If these same people relied on fans to keep their homes cool, they would have to keep them on all the time. They may ultimately use significantly more energy in the process. This is a principle in the conservation community known as the ‘rebound effect.’

When people use energy-efficient alternatives to existing devices that are low in quality, they just use those devices more frequently in order to compensate for their deficiencies. Air conditioners are high-quality devices and many of them are increasingly energy-efficient today, lessening people’s need to compensate for anything.

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 www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

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Before turning on your air conditioner for the first time there are a few things you can inspect that will help to assure you the system will function efficiently. Visual inspection is one of the ways to identify potential air conditioning malfunction before it happens, after which you can act accordingly.

Here are a few simple inspection tips for homeowners:

Inspect The Vents You need to check the air vents around your home regularly, and before you turn the system on. The reason is that any item on these vents such as toys, drapes, and furniture will obstruct the flow of air. As a result, the cost of running the air conditioner increases significantly. Also, such items will cause inefficiency within the system.

Once you detect any obstruction on these vents, remove the obstruction to facilitate the free flow of air, and to ensure optimum functioning of the air conditioning system as a whole.

Inspect the Ductwork Proper insulation of the duct will ensure that your air conditioner does not suffer cooling loss, or any other kind of inefficiency. Inspecting the system for any ductwork exposure is critical in keeping your heating and cooling costs down. It will also reduce the risk of having to address other issues that the system may develop in the future.

Check The Electrical Wiring The outdoor electrical wiring of your air conditioning system is subject to wear. As soon as you notice any sort of wear on the unit, call a professional for service because it could be a potential cause of system failure. It is often expensive if the only option remaining is a replacement of the air conditioning system – save yourself the trouble by performing this simple exercise.

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 www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.

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Proper maintenance for the air conditioning unit(s) in a home is important. This type of service can also do more than just keep a house cool during high temperatures of extreme heat. It can also provide assurances to a persons’ insurance carrier that safety and maintenance are important to the homeowner and therefore signal them as being a good risk.

Insurance Inspections

Many underwriters are starting to order insurance inspections or underwriting reviews when it comes to renewing or writing a homeowners policy. Insurance inspectors will make visits to a dwelling and often take photos of the interior and exterior for the company file. They will also ask questions regarding semi-annual or annual maintenance of the home’s air conditioner, water heater, and heating system.

Air conditioners and other HVAC units that are adequately serviced typically run better and last longer. This type of scheduled service also shows a commitment to care and upkeep of the home. Insurance inspectors usually want to know the age of all of the HVAC units in the house and they also look for stickers or invoice receipts with time and date stamps of service.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Annual and semi-annual service maintenance for air conditioner(s) should include: thermostat inspections, filter changes, complete cleaning of coils and condensers, thorough checks for potential leaks, and honest evaluations of the system’s efficiency. The maintenance checks should be recorded on a permanent sticker that can be attached to or left nearby the unit for easy reference.

Scheduled maintenance will help a homeowner avoid premature system failures and also lower the risk of parts malfunctioning.

Contact J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling to schedule a maintenance service check today. 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 www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.