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Sometimes, air conditioning becomes something that we take for granted – that is until we don’t have it anymore. Routine servicing helps keep your system running efficiently, but here are five signs that your air conditioning unit is in need of immediate service from a qualified air conditioning service professional:

No Cold Air
Over time, you may notice that the air coming from your cooling system just doesn’t seem as cool as it used to be. Even worse, it may not be cool at all anymore. This could be a sign of compressor malfunction or low Freon levels.

Poor Air Flow
Another indicator of compressor problems is poor air flow. This can also be caused by blocked or obstructed duct work. Not only can a repair professional diagnose any issues with the compressor, but they can also clean ducts to restore airflow and maximum the efficiency of your system.

Moisture
Moisture or puddles near your unit are an indicator of potential problems. These include a blockage or rupture in the drain tube, or worse – a potentially hazardous refrigerant leak. Any moisture should be immediately addressed since it can lead to air quality problems and mold growth.

Sounds
You know what your air conditioner system sounds like when all is running smoothly. Sounds such as squeaking, grinding, or rumbling are warning signs of an inevitable breakdown if not serviced immediately.

Thermostat Control Problems
Sometimes poor air flow or temperature inconsistencies is not the result of a failing air conditioning unit, but instead points to an issue with the thermostat.

 

An air conditioner repair professional, like those here at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, can perform diagnostic visual and system tests that will keep your unit working at maximum efficiency. If you notice any of the above signs, contact us to request service or a free estimate. It’s better to address the problem now than wait until your air conditioning system stops working completely!

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When it comes to heating and cooling, size matters – but that doesn’t mean bigger is always better. While a larger unit will be more powerful, that can easily become a problem if it is too large for your home. An expertly executed air conditioning installation will involve a thorough analysis of your home, including its size, layout, and even the number of windows.
If your air conditioning system is too large for your home, it will tend to short cycle. This means it will turn on and off more rapidly than normal. This presents a number of problems:

  • Inefficient operation: When cycling on and off, the system will use energy less efficiently. If it cycles too often, it will end up wasting energy, leading to higher energy bills.
  • Rapid wear: The process of turning on and off also puts extra strain on the various moving parts within a unit, causing it to wear out faster and require maintenance sooner.
  • Poor temperature control: An oversized AC unit will cool your home very rapidly – too rapidly, in fact. This will cause some inconsistencies in temperature and reduce overall comfort level.

A properly sized AC unit will operate far more efficiently than an overlarge one, and it will keep your home much more comfortable in the process.

To make sure your unit is properly sized for your home, it is vital to have a certified HVAC technician come for an inspection. A properly trained technician will follow certain professional guidelines for evaluating your home’s exact heating and cooling needs, thus ensuring the correct unit can be selected. Some of the items the technician will need to take into account include:

  • Square footage of each room
  • Distance of each room from the unit
  • Regional climate
  • Placement of windows
  • Insulation
  • Height of the ceiling

The formulas used to determine how each of these will influence your home’s AC requirements come from the Manual J Load Calculations used by heating and cooling technicians. When implemented properly, these can ensure you get the right sized unit installed in your home.
When you’re ready to get a new air conditioning unit installed, make sure to give us a call. We can help you figure out the perfect system for your home.

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In order to keep your HVAC system operating in tip-top condition all year long, regular air conditioning maintenance is critical. As a responsible homeowner in the Greater Scottsdale Arizona area, it is important to prioritize the upkeep of your home heating and air conditioning system. To make sure the job is done right, we recommend relying on the expertise of local HVAC contracting professionals who are able to identify and repair any potential issues with your system before any real damage is done. Professional checks on a yearly basis will help ensure that your home’s HVAC system will continue to run economically and dependably for years to come.

There is very little doubt that an HVAC system consumes a large amount of a home’s monthly energy use. It is estimated that an air conditioner loses 5 percent of its energy efficiency per year if it does not receive regular maintenance. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that having your unit’s dirty filter replaced lowers the air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent.

The coils of an air conditioner naturally collect dirt. The collection of debris on the unit’s coils obstructs airflow. The debris further reduces the coil’s ability to absorb heat. During regular maintenance, the debris and dirt are cleaned away.

Outdoor condenser coils — especially in dusty areas of the country — become dirty quickly. During a professional HVAC maintenance, the outdoor condenser coils are cleaned. You can also further help prevent debris from falling into the unit by cutting back any foliage around the unit. Ideally, there should be no vegetation near the unit so it can receive adequate airflow. Keep landscape trimmed back at least two feet from the unit’s exterior.

During a professional air conditioning maintenance, an HVAC technician checks the unit’s coil fins to make sure they are not bent or chipped. They will also clean out the condensate drains.

Ideally, you should have your HVAC system serviced twice a year — in the spring and fall. In addition to the key maintenance requirements listed above, an HVAC technician measures the unit’s amount of refrigerant and looks for any leaks. If a leak is detected, he will seal the leakage. He also measures the airflow through the evaporator coil to ensure that the unit is functioning properly. All electric terminals will be checked, the motor oiled and belts inspected for wear.

Regular air conditioning maintenance helps the HVAC unit recover lost efficiency and may save valuable energy consumption. If your system needs some maintenance, give us a call – we’re happy to help!

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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.

Flushing
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.

Corrosion
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.