Posted by & filed under Air Conditioning, JR Perkins .

In the summer months, the largest part of the typical household’s energy bill is the result of cooling costs. It is probably safe to say most people will run their air conditioners none stop. Unfortunately, the cost can drain your savings account. There are ways to take control and save on your summer air conditioning bill.

Programmable Thermostat – The ideal temperature in a home for balancing cost and comfort is 78 degrees. However, you don’t need to keep it there when no one is home. A programmable thermostat will automatically change the setting based on the schedule you set, saving you from cooling an empty house.

AC Check-up – Ensure you have a professional complete an annual AC Check-up that includes replacing air filters. Reduced efficiency will increase your energy usage. Regular maintenance will also save you from unexpected repairs and being without AC in the summer.

Air Seal – Controlling heating and cooling costs relies on air sealing your house and closing the building envelope. Check around windows and doors, and seal cracks with caulk. Plus, check and replace any damaged weather-stripping.

Upgrade – Today’s air conditioners are 40 percent more efficient than ones just 10 years ago. A professional can help you determine the energy usage of your current unit, and the savings from installing a new air conditioner.

If you would like to talk more about how to save on your summer air conditioning bill, especially in the Scottadale AZ area, or need more information, please call us at (480) 946-5083 or visit our website at  J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling has been a family owned and operated business since 1960. We treat our customers like family.

Posted by & filed under Air Conditioning, JR Perkins .

When outdoor conditions are hot and muggy, an air conditioning unit is essential for a comfortable home. On those very hot days, an efficient air conditioner makes the difference between a poor, stuffy environment and a healthy, pleasant one. If your air conditioning unit stops blowing air in your home, it is a good idea to know how to troubleshoot basic problems. However, it is also important to know when to call in professionals.

Many of the initial air conditioning troubleshooting steps are easy. First, check to see if the problem is the circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Your circuit breaker/fuse box is likely located in the garage or basement. Next, check your thermostat to make sure the setting is not higher than the indoor temperature. You would be surprised at the number of service calls that were caused by these two issues, causing the owner a bill.

The main culprit for no air movement in homes is a dirty filter.  A dirty filter creates low indoor airflow that leads to the inside coil slowly becoming a block of ice.  Once that process starts, it’s not long before the entire systems fails.  Not only can it stop your HVAC units, it can actually kill the compressor leading to very expensive repairs.  The best thing a customer can do is keep your air filters clean and to use a basic pleated filter rather than the more expensive ones.  More expensive filters are not always better.  Check back later for more information on low indoor air flow causes and solutions.

If you still are not getting any airflow, the problem may be blocked or damaged ductwork. In most cases, you will need a professional technician to fix or clean ductwork correctly. Your air conditioning ducts are essential for efficiency. If your try to tackle it yourself, even if it appears you fixed things, it could cost you more by increasing energy costs.

Ultimately, after taking these steps, if your air conditioning unit is still not blowing air, you will need a skilled professional. The good news is J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling has the knowledge and experience to fix any air conditioning problem in the Phoenix AZ area. If you would like to talk about air conditioning, or need more information, please call us at (480) 422-4437 or visit our website at

Posted by & filed under service plan .

Everyone knows that a service plan is one of the most important aspects of a heating and cooling system, especially when you own your own home and especially when the summers are as hot as they are in the Phoenix AZ area. Should anything go wrong, you will want some kind of backup plan, and a service plan is your first line of defense in such a situation. However, there are 5 must-haves in an air conditioning service plan that you certainly need to prioritize.

  1. Automatically scheduled tune-up visits. We cannot stress the importance of these enough. Keeping up regular maintenance on a heating/cooling unit could mean the difference between having to replace it or not.
  2. Discounts on multiple heating and cooling comfort systems installed under the same agreement. This comes in handy if you happen to have a large building or commercial structure that needs an extra system but still need to save some money.
  3. All major brands serviced. You don’t have to call a different service person simply because it is a specific brand. Our professional service extends to all of them.
  4. Extended system life and efficiency. With the service plan, and the two free service visits, staying up with your maintenance schedule not only saves you money, it gives you the peace of mind in knowing that your system will have a longer life and save you the most money possible since it is going to operating at maximum levels.
  5. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. If you aren’t happy, we aren’t happy, and we will always do our best to ensure your satisfaction in every task we do for our customers, from the smallest job, to the largest.

Serving Scottsdale AZ, 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.

Posted by & filed under Air Conditioning .


When considering a new air conditioning system installation, many homeowners are not aware of all options open to them. Perhaps you have heard about the traditional window unit, the package unit, and the split system. But there is a new technology that is emerging and quickly becoming popular: mini-split systems.

These air-conditioning systems are self-explained by their name. They function in the same manner as a split system, with one outdoor unit and one indoor unit making up the system. However, there are several differences to note. Any questions after reading more, please contact JR Perkins, your local HVAC Company located in Scottsdale AZ serving the Phoenix market.



If you have ever been in a home with a normal split system, or even a package unit, then you are familiar with the loud grumble of a compressor kicking in, accompanied by the flickering of lights for a split second as it draws startup energy. Mini-split systems have a very quiet outdoor unit that only produces a mild humming sound. Unlike other systems, you can barely hear it from several yards away.



The indoor unit simply blows the cold air across the room. It is lightweight and designed to fit any wall in the home, without the need of a window or ductwork. The installation process is simpler and easier for the technicians, which helps to reduce the price of these units.



The system’s simplicity makes them perfect for someone who wants to add a new air-conditioned space to their home. They are also ideal for homes where there is no existing ductwork or central air conditioning, and where there is a need for an affordable air conditioning system.

In the air-conditioning business, products and services are constantly evolving. As a homeowner, you can enjoy the superior performance and look of the newest units even if you aren’t trying to keep up with your neighbors. With greater energy-efficiency, upgrades often result in money savings each month for your family.

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.

Posted by & filed under Air Conditioning .


Is it better to repair or get a new air conditioning installation? This is one of the most common customer questions. With an older unit, the choice is very often spending a few hundred dollars for a repair, with no guarantee something else won’t go wrong, or spending thousands on something new. The choice is not that much different from when your car starts to fail.
First, it is best to consider the air conditioner’s age. Angie’s List recommends using what they call “The 5,000 Rule.” Start with the price of the repair and multiply it by the age of the unit. It the number exceeds 5,000 then go with a new air conditioning installation. For example, a $350 repair on a 15-year-old unit produces 5,250. This unit needs a replacement.
We must also consider energy efficiency. The new air conditioning units are 40 percent more efficient than the ones from just 10 years ago. A professional air conditioning service person can evaluate your unit’s energy consumption. However, between the average lifespan and efficiency, 15 years is the typical recommendation for a new air conditioning installation.
Then, when you decide to buy new, which is the best? Consumer Reports states, “If you’re upgrading your central air, don’t assume you should buy the same-sized system. Any changes you’ve made to improve your home’s energy efficiency, such as upgrading your windows or adding insulation, can reduce your cooling needs. On the other hand, if you’ve added rooms, you might need more cooling.” A reputable air conditioning installer can answer these questions for you.
J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, an HVAC company that services the Phoenix AZ area including Scottsdale, has been a family owned and operated business since 1960. We treat our customers like family.
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.