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11 Common HVAC Issues – Part 2

11 Common HVAC Issues – Part 2

Two AC techniciansWelcome back to our two part series on 11 of the most common HVAC issues.  Today, the American Services heating and cooling team near Fairview Heights will give you the final six issues of this series.  Let’s get started!

  • Thermostat – Everything starts with a good, working thermostat.  This is because this little device tells your system what to do and when.  Before calling in for service be sure your thermostat is on and in working order.
  • Drain Lines – The major issue with drain lines happens when they become filled with dirt or algae.  This will cause water to leak and can lead to water damage.  Regular maintenance can help you avoid this issue completely.
  • Refrigerant Leak – Refrigerant leaks happen.  Many times your technician can recharge your unit with new coolant and you are up and running.  If the leak happens to be in the condenser or evaporator, you will need to have a larger repair.
  • Compressor – Your compressor’s health is directly related to your unit being properly charged with the right amount of refrigeration.  Not enough will lead to overheating and too little will cause liquid slugging.  Make sure your unit’s charge is being checked during regular maintenance.
  • Condensor Coil – Since your condenser coils are exposed to the outdoor elements it is necessary to clean them often to avoid dirt and grime build-up.
  • Evaporator Coil – To avoid your evaporator coil from cracking, consult your owner’s manual for a suggested cleaning schedule.

As you can see, there are a number of issues that can cause problems with your HVAC unit, but many can be avoided with regular maintenance and a little care.  In fact, regular maintenance and care can save you time, money, and a lot of down time.  Make sure your commercial HVAC equipment is up to par by contacting the American Services team now!

Why Is My Pilot Light Out? – Part 2

Why Is My Pilot Light Out? – Part 2

Troubleshooting Furnace ProblemsWelcome back to our two part series on why you may be experiencing pilot light issues. In part one, our professional heating and cooling team near Overland discussed some safety basics and two of our top four reasons why your pilot light may be out.  Today, we will finish the discussion with our final two points and then give some advice on the overall well-being of your heating and cooling system.  Let’s get started!

Again, let’s talk a little bit about safety before we get to the good stuff.  If your pilot light is out, your heating system has most likely already sensed an issue and shut down the system.  As this point, you will know that there is an issue, but you also need to realize that troubleshooting will require some basic safety precautions.  Before you do anything get out your safety and owner’s manual for specific recommendations for your heating system manufacturer.  Follow these recommendations and don’t be hesitant to call in a professional if you feel like a task is not safe.

Now, let’s finish up this series with the final two reasons why your pilot light may be out.

  • Faulty Gas Pressure – If your gas pressure is off (either too high or too low) you could see the issue pop up in your pilot light.  The only way to fix this issue is to contact your local utility company.
  • Faulty Equipment – Once you have ruled out condensation, air supply, and gas pressure as the cause of your pilot light outage you are most likely looking at a problem caused by faulty equipment.  At this point you will need to call in a professional to inspect the system.

As with any large appliance, proper regular maintenance can help to alleviate a number of these issues before they start.  Avoid pilot light and other repair issues by contacting the American Services team for a free service/maintenance contract estimate today!

11 Common HVAC Issues – Part 1

11 Common HVAC Issues – Part 1

Learning Air Conditioning RepairThere are so many problems that can go wrong when working with commercial HVAC units.  That’s why it’s important to have a little bit of knowledge concerning the most common problems that arise in relation to heating and cooling systems near Sunset Hills.  In this two part series, the American Services repair team will give you 11 common issues related to your commercial HVAC units.  Let’s get started with the first five.

  • Blown Fuses – Designed to protect your motor or compressor from overheating, fuses can be found in the evaporator coil of your unit.  Your fuses are usually one of the first things that will be inspected when a technician thinks your motor may be going bad.
  • Worn Contactor – Your unit’s compressor, fan motor, and blower motor all have a contactor.  If one of these contactors starts arcing or pitting your unit will have hard time starting the part it is connected to.
  • Capacitors – In order to give your unit’s compressor a temporary increase in torque for starting, a capacitor is used.  If this capacitor goes bad your unit will not be able to start up properly.
  • Gas Valve – A gas valve is used to get the gas from your gas line to your furnace during the heating season.  If this valve gets corroded, it will need to be replaced for your unit to work.
  • Filters – Changing your furnace filter is the single most important part of regular maintenance for your heating unit.  A dirty filter doesn’t allow for proper air flow and thus can cause a number of issues including efficiency issues that will drive up your monthly utility costs.

Be sure to check back for the conclusion of this two part series when we discuss the final six common HVAC issues.  Until then, be sure to contact the American Services team with any of your emergency issues.

Why Is My Pilot Light Out?

Why Is My Pilot Light Out?

Furnace Burner Blower IgnitedSo, you just discovered that the pilot light on your furnace has gone out.  What do you do now?  Well, the best thing you can do is troubleshoot with the understanding that there are a few major causes that could be leading to this issue.  Today, the team at American Services will explain four of these top reasons for a pilot light outage.

Before we get started, lets talk about safety.  You will find that most systems have safe guards in place that automatically shut an appliance down when there is a pilot light issue.  This is only a first line of defense in regards to your safety.   It is important to always consult the owner’s manual and safety guidelines given by the manufacturer of your specific equipment before proceeding with any troubleshooting.  When you start to feel like a task is over your head, stop and call in the professionals.

Now that you understand how to handle troubleshooting in a safe manner, let’s talk about two of the four most common reasons why your pilot light may go out.

  • Condensation – In the case of condensation, your pilot light is going out due to extra moisture dripping on the pilot light and extinguishing the flame. Look for evidence of condensation that may be causing this issue.
  • Air Supply – A draft, improper ventilation, or a lack of fresh air can all cause air supply issues that then cause your pilot light to extinguish.  Look for obstructions that are blocking air flow or drafts that could be leading to the issue.

Come back next time when we continue this discussion and reveal the last two of our top reasons why your pilot light may be out!

The team at American Services provides professional heating and cooling service in the Florissant area.  Give our team a call for a free sales, service, or maintenance estimate today!


Focus On Floral Coolers

Focus On Floral Coolers

Beautiful Florist At Work.In recent years, the use of floral coolers has extended beyond your local flower shop and made it’s way into grocery stores, gas stations, and other non-traditional locations.  Since many of these non-traditional locations don’t necessarily employ a florist, advice will be needed in order to pick the right equipment for the job.  Today, the O’Fallon area refrigeration experts at American Services presents the three major considerations that should be taken when choosing a floral cooler.

There are three major considerations to think about when purchasing a floral cooler for your business.  These three considerations include: Humidity, Temperature, and Display.  Here are some detail about why each quality is so important.

  • Humidity – Most flowers require an environment with a high percentage of humidity around 80-95%.  This high level of humidity keeps your flowers from experiencing dehydration damage prior to being arranged and sold.  It is also important to consider the type of flowers you will be storing in your floral cooler and what their specific needs may be.  Storing flowers with similar humidity needs in the same are is important.  For this reason purchasing a floral cooler with the ability to maintain the proper level of humidity is an integral part of a long lasting arrangement.
  • Temperature – When storing your flowers, you will also want to make sure the temperature is right.  Floral coolers are designed in a way that the influx of air is regulated and consistent.  This is important because air needs to be circulated gently to avoid damaging the flowers in the cooler.  As with humidity, store flowers that require similar temperatures together to assure the best quality.
  • Display – Depending on where your display will be located and the main purpose of your floral cooler, you will want to make sure your equipment is adjustable to your needs.  Some floral coolers are designed to simply store flowers until they are arranged and other are meant to work as a display piece.  Be sure to choose your coolers based upon what your store will need.

If you are in need of advice regarding the purchase of a floral cooler, contact the team at American Services for a free estimate!

What is a NATE Certified HVAC Technician?

What is a NATE Certified HVAC Technician?

Questions And AnswersThe professional HVAC technician you hire to install, service, and maintain your equipment should meet the highest of standards and for many that means having the NATE certification.  Today, the American Services HVAC team near Hazelwood will answer some common questions about this certification and tell you why it’s so important. Let’s get started!

What does NATE mean?

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence and is a certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

What does the North American Technician Excellence organization do?


NATE was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  NATE only tests HVACR technicians, it does not train.  When taking the NATE certification test, a technician is tested on his or her real world working knowledge of HVACR systems.

Is there just one NATE certification, or can a technician have multiple certifications?

Technicians participating in NATE certifications will take a Core Competencies test that covers the fundamentals of electricity and heat transfer.  They can also choose areas of specialty in which they will be tested.  These areas can include: Air Conditioning; Air Distribution; Heat Pumps; Gas Heating; Oil Heating; Hydronics Gas (service only); Hydronics Oil (service only); Light Commercial Refrigeration (service only); Commercial Refrigeration (service only); Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installer; and Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst.

Why is NATE testing important?

Organizations like NATE do a number of things to regulate the HVACR industry.  Testing like that provided by NATE makes quality the norm and ensures customer satisfaction, along with contractor professionalism.

When looking for area HVACR technicians that take professional development seriously and put customer satisfaction at the forefront, look for the NATE certification.  At American Services we ensure that all of our professionally trained technicians understand the importance of on-going training and encourage then to do so.  This makes our customers happy and our work the best in the area!



How To Find Used Restaurant Equipment

How To Find Used Restaurant Equipment

Restaurant KitchenMany restaurant owners will try to save money on expensive restaurant equipment purchases by trying to find used equipment when possible.  Just as with most purchases, buying used equipment can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  For this reason it may make sense for you to seek out used equipment for your business.  But where do you look?  Today, the American Services team will help you brainstorm ideas related to finding quality used restaurant equipment for sale in the Ladue area.

The first place to look would be at used restaurant equipment dealers.  Just as if you were purchasing a used car, a used equipment dealer will be able to provide you with a large inventory and a little extra peace-of-mind.  Used equipment dealers can be found in the yellow pages or by doing a quick google search.  It’s also a good idea to ask around for recommendations when looking for a trustworthy dealer.

Another place to get a great deal on used restaurant equipment is at auctions. Auctions will often be listed in your local classified ads, but you can also call local auctioneers to inquire about upcoming events.  Most equipment auctions are held on site.  This makes it easier to determine the equipment’s scope of use.  Bottom line, auctions are a great place to find slightly used equipment at a great price.

Finally, look for scratch and dent sellers in your area.  The equipment taken to these dealers was simply refused upon delivery because of a cosmetic flaw.  These flaws don’t normally affect the function of the equipment, but it does lower the price.  This makes a scratch and dent dealer your best friend when looking to save money on quality equipment in like-new condition.

If purchasing used isn’t for you, contact the American Services team for a free estimate on new restaurant equipment today!


What Causes Cooling System Refrigerant Leaks?

What Causes Cooling System Refrigerant Leaks?

Checking Air Conditioner AmpsRefrigerant or Freon leaks associated with your commercial cooling system are a serious issue.  Re-filling the Freon is often expensive and doesn’t do anything to fix the actual problem.  Today, the American Services team presents a couple of the reasons why you might be experiencing a refrigerant leak.

Reason #1  Bad Installation – The first reason applies to those who have a newer unit and suspect a cooling issue.  One reason why your unit may be leaking refrigerant right out the gate is because the brazing on the system’s joints is incomplete.  The only way to get this issue under control is by calling a professional technician to assess and then repair the issues.  This type of problem can be avoided by hiring a professional contractor and not basing your choice off of the lowest priced bid.  You will pay more for quality, but you will also avoid unnecessary issues in the future.

Reason #2 Defect from the factory – While this one isn’t super common, factory defects area a possibility.  If you suspect this is true for the unit you own, contact your contractor and the manufacturer immediately.

Reason #3 Formic Acid – This acid is a powerful substance that can be found below ground.  It affects your cooling system when it begins to etch the cooper coil in your unit and will eventually cause cracks to form in your copper.  Leaks caused by formic acid will begin slow and get more intense over time requiring more and more Freon be added to the unit.

Reason #4 Accidental Puncture – It may not seem possible, but with the number of other lines running throughout your business, you may be experiencing an accidental puncture.

If you feel like your commercial cooling system near Kirkwood is leaking Freon, simply give the American Services team a call!  Our professional HVAC technicians will come out, assess the situation, and get you back on track in no time.  Here’s to a cool summer!

Heating System Replacement Indicators

Heating System Replacement Indicators

Vector Check Mark Symbol On ChecklistDo you know the signs and symptoms related to needing a new heating system?  If not, you aren’t alone! Many Ballwin area commercial heating customers miss the signs and unfortunately end up paying a high price.  Today, the professional team at American Services is going to give you all the details you want to know.  Let’s get started!

  •  Symptom #1 – Delayed ignition ~ A delay in ignition can be caused by a number of problems including a pilot light that is too small, an air fuel mixture that is off, or dirty burners.
  • Symptom #2 – Frequent pilot light outages ~ Pilot light outages can be caused by faulty equipment, faulty gas pressure, or a number of other issues.
  • Symptom #3 – Too much heat ~ This is a symptom that will be felt by those in your space and is pretty easy to detect.  Too much heat can be an issue with your thermostat or other components that need to be checked by a professional.
  • Symptom #4 – Too little heat ~ Just as mentioned above, the occupant in your space will notice this and let you know.  Too little heat can be an issue with your thermostat or other components that need to be checked by a professional.
  • Symptom #5 – Yellow or wavering flame ~ When the flame from your pilot light is yellow or wavering, it can mean that your pilot light tube is dirty or other issues with your system.
  • Symptom #6 – Corrosion or soot build-up ~ Letting soot and corrosion build-up in your system not only affects the temperature of your space, but can also be harmful to occupants.  The only way to prevent this build-up is with proper maintenance.  Without maintenance it can eventually lead to complete system failure.

As you can see, there are a number of symptoms to look for when you suspect your heating system may need to be replaced.  Don’t take a chance at letting your system fail!  Call the team at American Services to have a full maintenance check-up today!


Your St. Louis Area Commercial Refrigeration Contractor Is American Services

Your St. Louis Area Commercial Refrigeration Contractor Is American Services

The BestThe team at American Services is proud to be your number one choice for commercial refrigeration service near Fenton!  Our specialty services span a full-range of commercial services so that we can take care of all of your needs in just one trip.  Today, let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why so many St. Louis area customers are excited to be on our list of valued customers!

At American Services we specialize in all types of refrigeration equipment.  This list of equipment includes: Commercial Refrigeration, Industrial Refrigeration, Process Refrigeration, Walk-in Freezers, Walk-in Coolers, Supermarket Refrigeration, Display Cases, Convenient Store Refrigeration, Restaurant Refrigeration, Laboratory Refrigeration, and much more!

Customers who choose American Services also gain access to a full menu of equipment sales and repair options.  These options go beyond just refrigeration to include manufacturers in the restaurant equipment, ice machine, beverage system, water purification, and industrial equipment business.  Just a few of the popular brands that our team can handle include: AccuTemp, Eagle, Duke, Jackson, Univex, Wells, Reynolds, Glove, Cre-Cor and many, many more!

As you can see, the scope of work performed by the professional team at American Services includes all of your top needs.  For our customers this means that we can take care of all of your repair, service, and maintenance needs in one service call.  This fact makes us the most efficient, money saving, and full-service choice on the market.  No wonder our team is the preferred choice among the area’s top businesses.

Contact the customer care team at American Services to find out how our service team can assist you today!  We will visit your location, assess all of your current needs, and then provide you with a reasonably price FREE estimate for all of the work you need performed. Let us help you now!