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Even if there seems to be nothing wrong with your air conditioner, it’s a good idea to have it inspected, cleaned and serviced once or twice a year. Having your air conditioner serviced in the cooler months will help your unit to operate more efficiently and effectively when the summer months start to roll in. It also helps you to avoid an emergency breakdown in the middle of July when help may not be able to come as quickly.

If not serviced regularly, your unit loses some of its efficiency annually due to the buildup of dust and dirt in the condensing coils and air filters. An air conditioner that runs efficiently will not only save you hundreds of dollars in utility bills, but also expensive replacements by fixing usually smaller, unnoticed problems. It is far easier and less expensive to make small repairs than to have to get a completely new unit.

When you have your air conditioner serviced, you can expect a professionally licensed technician, like the ones at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, to check the motor, blower, pressures, temperatures, coils, drain, return and supply line, refrigerant levels and the connections. You can set up preventative maintenance contracts for continued service at affordable prices.

In the end, inspections pay for themselves and are worth the upfront cost. Having a company that you trust and work with regularly for your air conditioning service will not only help your unit to last longer, but will also give you a place to call should any emergencies come up during busy months. Contact us today to get started with preventative maintenance for your air conditioning unit.

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A home’s water heater is an unsung workhorse. It sits calmly in the basement and provides our family with hot water every month of the year. But as with most maintenance-free appliances, when they start to go bad it’s difficult to tell. It’s only when you wake up one day to no hot water that you know it’s time to replace your water heater.

When you perform regular maintenance on your water heater, however, you’ll have a better idea as to its condition, which will allow you to pinpoint when it’s time to replace the unit. Here are some water heater maintenance tips to keep in mind.

Perform an annual flush of the water heater. Turn the valve located near the bottom to let out a few gallons of water into a bucket or to an attached hose. If you notice an abundance of sediment in the water, turn the thermostat down, drain the heater completely, refill with fresh water, and turn the thermostat back up to your desired temperature.

Keep an eye out for corrosion around all piping and valves. If you have a gas water heater, ensure the draft hood is also corrosion free and attached properly. It’s also a good idea to check all gas fittings for corrosion at this time.

Other Problems
A buildup of black residue or charring around the top of a water heater or near fittings might be a sign of combustion issues. Always call a professional if you see signs of this.

Further, if you ever smell gas coming from the water heater or gas line, turn off the gas supply and contact an expert.

Last, for electric water heaters, any signs that wiring is burning or melting is an indication of something worse. It’s best to never let these types of warning signs go unchecked, so always call a professional.

As a water heater ages, there is a greater chance of degradation and eventual failure. If you are unsure if it’s time for a new water heater in your home or business, always contact a professional, like J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, for advice.

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We know how difficult it can be to sort through qualifications, recommendations, reviews, and credentials to find the right HVAC service provider. With this in mind, we here at J. R. Perkins Heating & Cooling suggest selecting a company that is a certified Trane Comfort Specialist. Here are a few reasons why.

They have high standards.
This certification shows that the company meets and exceeds the high standards expected by Trane. Not everyone is a Trane Comfort Specialist, but those who are will demonstrate excellent customer service skills and abilities.

They are up-to-date.
Trane Comfort Specialists are committed to continued education, so you can be sure they are well versed on the most current technology and how to handle it.

They know what they’re doing.
This certification promotes extensive employee training and education. Technicians will be able to perform the necessary services, allowing your HVAC system to perform as efficiently as possible.

They’ll save you money.
You can trust a Trane Comfort Specialist to get the job done right the first time, so there is less need for continuous call back and repairs.


As a certified Trance Comfort Specialist, we are committed to standing out from our competitors as the best of the best, while keeping you comfortable in the Scottsdale, AZ temperatures. Contact us today to schedule your upcoming maintenance or repair.

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When searching for the right HVAC service provider, it can be tough to find one you feel confident in to get the job done properly and efficiently. Here at J.R. Perkins, we understand that you may come across companies with many different credentials during your search, but we highly recommend keeping your eyes peeled for one in particular: a NATE certification.

NATE, which stands for North American Technician Excellence, allows HVAC professionals to obtain certifications based on real knowledge and skill, through completion of exams focused on installation and service. Technicians can be certified in one or more specialty areas, proving their top-notch knowledge in the field.

With your best interest at heart, we would like to point out a few important reasons to hire a NATE Certified Technician.

  • They know what they’re doing. Technicians go through a rigorous process to become NATE certified, showing not only are they dedicated to excellence in their trade, but also that they possess the real world knowledge to get the job done.
  • They provide quality installation and maintenance. NATE certified technicians are extremely well trained on how to install a new system and perform maintenance, so you can rest assured that your system will run smoothly and efficiently.
  • They decrease the amount of callbacks. NATE technicians have the knowledge and skill to get the job done right the first time.
  • They influence lower utility bills. Thanks to the proper services performed by a certified NATE technician, your HVAC systems will operate at its fullest potential, leading to a drop in utility bills and less need to pay for continuous repairs.

A NATE Certified Technician, like the technicians at J.R. Perkins, is one you can trust. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding our certifications and the care of your HVAC system!