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HVAC Thermostat Diagnosis

HVAC Thermostat Diagnosis

thermostatIn the world of HVAC, there are many things that you may run across that require the consultation and even employment of a professional, like those available at your St Louis HVAC installation near St Peters MO.  However, sometimes, the repair may be manageable by you.  When it comes to replacing a thermostat, you may be surprised how simple this is.

We will only look at installing digital units here because there is really no benefit to installing a mechanical unit and we want to emphasize that only you can decide if this sort of maintenance is something that you can handle.  Don’t feel badly about the use of a professional when needed.  If you are having problems with your furnace or air conditioner, you can and should begin by checking the thermostat for proper operation.  Make sure you begin by shutting the power off to the furnace and/or ac unit and switch the fan from auto to on mode, according to your St Louis HVAC repair near St Peters.  At this point, if you are having furnace problems, you can disconnect the r and w terminals at the thermostat. Twist the two wires together and then turn the power back on. If the furnace comes on, the thermostat is bad and you should continue with thermostat replacement. If the furnace does not come on, the problem is not the thermostat and you would be wise to seek a professional HVAC repair company for further assistance.

If you are having ac problems, disconnect the wires from the r and y terminals and twist them together. Turn the power back on to the furnace and/or ac unit. If the system runs the thermostat is bad and should be replaced. If the ac still does not run, the problem is not the thermostat.  If you stay tuned to this blog, we will cover next, some of the questions surrounding the type of thermostat you may need when your HVAC system goes out.

Cooling Maintenance Needs

Cooling Maintenance Needs

cooling repairIf you are the owner of an HVAC system, and chances are good, as an adult, that you either are or will be in the near future, you need to be aware of some things related to the ventilation portion of the St Louis heating and cooling near Collinsville IL.  The ventilation portion of the gig is often times overlooked when it is one of the most important aspects of heating a cooling your space in St Louis.  In fact, the following quote was snagged from a research article and found in our reading on behalf of your St Louis Heating Repair near Collinsville, “Because HVAC systems can also contribute to problems with indoor air quality, it is important that HVAC systems be correctly maintained and checked for signs of poor ventilation. When systems go unchecked for long periods of time, they may become contaminated or clogged, reducing or eliminating the amount of airflow and circulating pollutants throughout your home or business.”

So, the name of the game, when it comes to the ventilation portion of your St Louis HVAC maintenance near Collinsville IL, is proper upkeep.  This can mean regular cleanings or inspections at the least, in order to avoid polluted, contaminated air and or to increase the airflow and save you money in the long run.

If you have a humidifier or dehumidifier attached to your St Louis Cooling system near Collinsville, then you have more to consider.  “Additionally, humidification and dehumidification systems should be kept clean to prevent the growth of damaging bacteria and fungi. If the water in the system’s cooling towers are not properly treated, harmful organisms such as mold and mildew can grow and spread into the HVAC ductwork and potentially lead to serious health issues.”  Luckily, if you have an HVAC repair place you can trust, such as your St Louis Cooling Maintenance near Collinsville, then you can always call on them for all of your heating and cooling maintenance needs.

Furnace Ignitor Issues

Furnace Ignitor Issues

HVACThis time of year is rather frigid where we live, as is the case for many others in the middle of January and so HVAC functioning is pretty important for comfort and safety of your family and home as temps drop to the single digits and in the negative numbers some places.  There are some people brave, or experienced enough to troubleshoot and fix their furnace woes, but when our shot craps last night, we hired a professional like those at your St Louis HVAC Repair near Clayton MO.

Turns out our issue was the ignitor and so we will spend a little time in this post and the next one talking about repairing an HVAC ignitor and how much professionals may charge and what you can do to attempt to handle it yourself, if that is indeed your choice.  “Most furnaces fail to operate when the gas furnace ignitor is broken. A gas furnace ignitor is what lights the gas, which is necessary for heat supply. Most furnaces installed in buildings have a flame sensor and an ignitor. If the ignitor fails, the flame sensor will not work. Consequently, the gas supply will be automatically cut off, and the furnace will be shut down. Problems with a gas furnace ignitor can be fixed using simple techniques. However, if the ignitor does not work at all, it will have to be replaced.”

Tackling this yourself, rather than hiring someone from your St Louis HVAC maintenance and repair near Clayton, could backfire, but for those who wish to try, you will want to begin by turning the power off on the furnace. You will need to check the pilot light, and see if it lights properly. The light may go out repeatedly or may not work at all in some cases. This may indicate a problem with the thermocouple of your furnace.  At this point, it would be wise to call in a professional from someplace like your St Louis HVAC repair and sales near Clayton.  If not, you can keep on moving ahead and check out our next couple posts on what we would recommend if you so choose.

Finding a Good Fit For Your HVAC Service

Finding a Good Fit For Your HVAC Service

HVACYour HVAC service in St Louis near Chesterfield is looking at helping you find a good HVAC technician and offering up advice on the best way to get that handled.  We researched the subject recently on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and service near Chesterfield and managed to come up with five nuggets of advice on the subject.  These are things to look for when shopping for your next repair person in the HVAC industry.

Find someone with a decent amount of experience if you can.  While you don’t necessarily need to hire the most senior technician you can find, you do want one that has a fair amount of experience in the HVAC industry. “Most master technicians will gain experience in apprenticeships or similar programs that allow them to work alongside a seasoned technician. Make sure the crew you hire has technicians with several years of experience, and that those technicians will be assigned to your property.”

Besides experience, the presence of HVAC credentials is another biggie.  Many people proceed and glaze right over this one, assuming that to be in the St Louis HVAC service business must mean that they have the proper credentials.  That is simply not always true.  “If a license is required for HVAC repair in your city or state, make sure you check credentials before making a hiring decision. Licensure shows that the technician has been trained and tested in your state to properly install HVAC systems according to the state’s building codes. Insurance means that both you and the technician are protected in case there is an injury or damage to property. Look for technicians with both of these credentials in place.”  So, as you read, it is a liability point, not even so much capability.  The latter is determined more by their level of experience, hence, our first point.  Stay tuned to this St Louis HVAC installation site for more information and things to look for in a service tech.

HVAC Technicians On the Rise

HVAC Technicians On the Rise

growingWhen you are choosing a career path, you just might want to consider the St Louis HVAC installation route.  The growth in this particular field is magnanimous and the demand is in conjunction with this growth.  “Job growth within the HVAC field is one of the greatest factors in deciding to move forward with a career as an HVAC technician. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the HVAC field will experience growth of 21% during the years from 2012-2022. This percentage of job growth is massive, taking the 267,600 HVAC jobs back in 2012 and adding as many as 55,900 in just 10 years. With this kind of growth HVAC techs will be in demand which will grant you more job security and a growing salary.”

Researching this very subject on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales and service near Clayton, we find that the reasons for growth may not be what you would expect.  Most of the growth comes from changes and advancements in the technology of the field.  “With new technologies available in today’s marketplace older HVAC equipment is far less efficient than today’s models…”  For this reason, customers are spending too much money to run their equipment and getting less comfort even, for more costly systems.  Not to mention, the less efficient HVAC systems are more damaging to the environment as well.

According to the research we have done on behalf of your St Louis HVAC repair near Clayton, the driving force between the demand in the field comes from consumers insisting on going green and or updating inefficient systems.  “In an effort to ‘go green’ while saving money and providing better comfort levels for their homes and workplaces, consumers are making the change to newer HVAC systems. Consumers are also more educated on how keeping their HVAC equipment maintained will benefit them in the long run. With projections of system installations and maintenance on the rise, HVAC techs will be busier than ever.”

HVAC Dealers are Actually the Manufacturers

HVAC Dealers are Actually the Manufacturers

HVACAre you replacing your commercial HVAC system in St Louis MO near University City because you were told by a service technician that you have to?  Well, according to research online done for you on behalf of your St Louis Commercial HVAC service and sales, you are likely in need of a second opinion since most all commercial HVAC problems can be actually be repaired.  “Now, maybe that system is getting old and you just don’t want to deal with annual repairs, or you want higher efficiency to reduce those utility bills, or your system has never heated or cooled your space just right.”  Now, those are good reasons to possible decide on a replacement system as opposed to going for the HVAC repair near University City MO.

Now, you have brand and contractor to concern yourself with, assuming that you have decided to move forward with the replacement of your commercial HVAC in St Louis MO.  Make sure your Commercial HVAC installers are properly licensed to perform in your area.  Then, check on what they sell.  You will want to find the best HVAC manufacturer for your business.  I am on my HP computer as I drink my Starbucks Coffee wearing my Nike sweatshirt.  My point is that obviously brands make a difference to us and typically it is because of the quality that goes behind the name.

Here is what one writer has to say on the subject of brands, as it pertains here to your St Louis HVAC sales near University City MO.  “For most purchases we make, you pick the brand first, then go to a dealer or retailer. Here is how the story goes: I see an ad for a Honda Civic, see people driving them around and now I want one. I’ll go to my local Honda Dealer, whichever one will give me the best deal, or one that I have a good relationship with (hopefully both). A Honda Civic is a Honda Civic, right? Yes.”  The catch here is that HVAC dealers are actually the manufacturers themselves!  Stay tuned for more on this subject.

HVAC Energy Management

HVAC Energy Management

HVACWe began a series covering the subject of energy efficiency as it pertains specifically to the HVAC world on behalf of your St Louis HVAC sales near Jefferson County MO.  Previously we covered a new certification being offered for EMP.  EMP certification means that the individual has been training in energy conservation and management as it pertains to building performance.  Basically, they can help you juggle the requirements of your HVAC when it comes to capabilities with the least amount of energy possible.   The title and certification came about as a part of EMA.  “EMA is a young organization dating back to 2012, when its certification program was developed as part of the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) Commissioning Group. EMA became a stand-alone association in 2014, and its EMP offering is among the newest credentials to hit the market.”

In order to become EMP certified, according to your St Louis HVAC near Jefferson County, you must take a seminar and an exam that lasts for 2 days with 12 hours of classroom instruction and a four hour exam.  You must also have at least 2 years or more of experience depending on your technical knowledge and experience to start with, according to research done on behalf of your St Louis HVAC near Jefferson County MO.

It cost a little over a thousand dollars with an annual fee of $250 plus $250 to renew the certification.  Edward Armstrong is EMA’s executive director and he says, “The EMP is unique in the energy management field. It’s very results-oriented with a strong element on ongoing energy management.”  Plus, he added, “It’s really catching on with major companies like Siemens, ABM Industries, and Hanson.”

HVAC Routine Maintenance

HVAC Routine Maintenance

filterThere are some things in life that most definitely require a preventative maintenance routine of some kind.  For the most part, this is the case with all things mechanical and we need only decide whether the investment is worth the cost of the maintenance.  In the scenario of Bridgeton HVAC maintenance, the cost is more than worth it since commercial HVAC is not cheap to purchase, maintain or install.

“If you’re like many business owners and managers, you feel like a fish out of water when you’re faced with choosing a commercial HVAC preventative maintenance contract. When you’re not an expert on the subject, evaluating the merits of one contract or vendor versus another might seem overwhelming.”  Some online experts offer advice on how to choose a company and a plan to uphold the routine maintenance of your industrial and/or commercial HVAC system.

The following and the posts thereafter will talk about a general task list to follow for regular HVAC maintenance.  The original publisher of the following list wants you to know that despite the details being specific, you really should have your American Services HVAC Repair people customize a list that fits your precise needs.  Here is what they say on the subject, “Depending on the age and condition of your equipment, your location and usage, and the size and type of equipment you have, more tasks or different ones may be needed. For example, if you have a water-cooled system, you have a chiller and/or a water tower that requires maintenance. Or if you have a combined heat pump or VRF system that provides both cooling and heating, you have different components that require inspection and adjustment by an expert.”  Stay tuned for the maintenance task list on behalf of your HVAC Service and Sales in Bridgeton MO.

How To Avoid HVAC Scams

How To Avoid HVAC Scams

Scam Alert

The weather is cooling down and unfortunately that means you may find yourself in a bad situation with an not-so-honest HVAC company.  These companies are out to only take advantage of the coming season by offering a “deal” on certain maintenance or other services.  Often times the work that is done by these individuals is not up to code, can actually harm your system, and will end up costing you extra money down the road. Today, the team at American Services wants to help you spot these scams so that you can avoid them.  Let’s get started!

  • Tip #1 – Avoid door-to-door HVAC service salesman.  These individuals are often not from the area and are only looking to get paid and leave town. Many who decide to have such people do work for them are left with unfinished jobs or end up paying for a “needed” service that was not needed at all.
  • Tip #2 – Void telephone solicitation concerning HVAC work.  Telemarketing is just not something that most HVAC companies participate in.  Those who buy into these scams often pay for unnecessary work .
  • Tip #3 – Stick with a local company.  Hiring a local HVAC contractor who has been doing reputable work in the area for some time will help you to avoid a scam.  These individuals want to keep your business and to build a good reputation for their businesses.
  • Tip #4 – Be wary of anyone who can’t provide a business card, lacks a logo on their truck, and can’t offer you a physical business address and phone number.
  • Tip #5 – If a contractor is replacing a part in your system, ask to see the old part.  This will give you evidence that an actual repair was made.
  • Tip #6 – Get several bids for all jobs.  This will confirm to you that the repairs someone is claiming you need are actually necessary.

If you need winter weather HVAC service near O’Fallon, work with the most trusted commercial heating and cooling company in St. Louis – American Services!

Business Space Expansion & Your HVAC System

Business Space Expansion & Your HVAC System

New construction

Undergoing a business expansion project can be a stressful and exciting event.  There are so many areas to take into consideration and planning everything correctly will weigh heavily on the success of the project.  Today, the team at American Services wants to remind you that you will need to get a professional opinion regarding your HVAC system before starting any add-on project.  This is simply because you will need to not only add new duct work to the additional space, but also because it will be imperative that you evaluate your current system’s ability to properly heat and cool the new space.  And the only way to that is to call in a professional.

So, what should you do before you start your project to ensure the successful transition for your HVAC system.  Here are our basic recommendations:

Have a professional HVAC expert conduct an energy audit on your space and according to the new space you plan to add-on.  This individual will be able to determine if your current system can handle the new addition by advising you on the capacity of your system.  You will then be met with recommendations on how to move forward.

Make sure you hire an experience contractor to install any new duct work that you may need.  This needs to be done by someone who understands how to balance the system so that you don’t have airflow issues once the new space is being used.  It’s usually a good idea to have a contractor that is willing to collaborate with your HVAC professional on this matter.

Next time you are ready to add space to your business, don’t forget to give the team at American Services a call regarding all of your St. Peters Area HVAC Repairs .  Our professionals will easily be able to help you make the most cost-effective decision regarding all of your heating and cooling needs.