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Question – Should I replace both my furnace & AC although only one is needed at this time?

Question – Should I replace both my furnace & AC although only one is needed at this time?

Question MarkToday, the team at American Services will answer one of the most commonly asked questions concerning HVAC replacement.  Should I replace both my furnace and air conditioning units although only one is needed at this time?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question isn’t cut and dry.  First, you must consider the age of both units.  If both the furnace and air conditioner were installed at the same time, one must consider the fact that they are both likely wearing at an equal rate.  This means that although one may still be working properly, it is only a matter of a few years before it needs to be replaced also. On the other hand, if the units have been replaced individually in the past, you may very well have quite a few years left on the functioning unit.  You will also want  to consider the compatibility and efficiency of the new unit compared to the old.  Make sure to have a professional inspection on the functioning unit to determine a reasonable life expectancy compared to the failing unit.

Once you have that portion figured out, it’s time to think about cost.  In general, your contractor will be able to replace both pieces of your HVAC system in a more cost-effective manner compared to doing one piece at a time.  Doing them together is also a little more convenient, as you will only experience the minor construction that this process entails once, as compare to twice.  All of these factors together will help you come to the best conclusion for your needs.

Are you looking to replace a failing HVAC system near Chesterfield?  If so, let the American Services team come out and give you a free estimate.  Our commercial HVAC technicians understand how to save you time, money, and hassle – that’s why so many area businesses choose American Services!  Give our team a call today!

 

Winter or Spring – When’s the best time to do cooling system maintenance?

Winter or Spring – When’s the best time to do cooling system maintenance?

Question Mark And ThinkerWhen it comes to “shutting down” you cooling system for the winter months, most will agree that you can perform any needed maintenance as what ever time of the year best fits your needs.  As the months get colder and you no longer need your air conditioner, you may choose to have a professional come out and perform annual maintenance.  You can also wait and have this done as the cooling season begins in the late Spring.  Either way, it is important to remember that the most substantial factor is that the maintenance is being done before the unit is turned on again- no matter what time of year it is performed.

One task that you should consider doing once you are not longer using your air conditioner, is to invest in a cover for your outdoor unit.  Investing in a cover will allow you the chance to keep any unwanted debris like leaves and insects from building up over the cold weather months.  This is something that will help in keeping your unit to function properly once it is put back into use.

The bottom line is that all air conditioning units need to be properly maintained at regular intervals during the year.  Timing your maintenance is something that needs to be discussed with your HVAC contractor in order to ensure proper functioning and a successful start to your heating and cooling seasons.

If your a commercial building owner looking for cooling maintenance services near South County, your best bet is to ask the American Services team for a free quote today!  At American Services, St. Louis are business owners and commercial building tenants find the complete service they need.  In fact, American Services can help with everything from HVAC to refrigeration and beverage machines.  Contact the American Services team for complete details today!

 

Common Cooling Equipment Failures

Common Cooling Equipment Failures

Heating Air Conditioning TechnicianAccording to Energy.gov, there are some common areas that commonly cause air conditioning units to fail.  These five areas include refrigerant leaks, inadequate maintenance, electric control failure, sensor problems, and drainage issues.  Today, we will explore all of these areas and give tips on how to handle them.

Refrigerant Leaks – Refrigerant leaks can not be repaired by the consumer and require proper handling, as refrigerant is a chemical that is harmful to the environment.  If you are experiencing performance issues and suspect a refrigerant leak, call a professional to fix the problem and charge the system properly.

Inadequate Maintenance – It is vital to perform the proper maintenance on your air conditioning equipment.  Failing to change your filters and having dirty coils will cause your compressor and fans to prematurely need attention.

Electric Control Failure – If your unit is oversized, you may experience a number of on/off cycles that is higher than normal.  This can cause corrosion of wires and terminals and thus bad electrical connections and contacts.  Have your service professional check for this issue during routine maintenance stops.

Sensor Problems – If your unit begins cycling constantly or erratically, you may have a bad sensor.  This can happen if it is knocked out of place.  Call your HVAC tech to have it re-positioned.

Drainage Problems – In humid conditions, your unit will need to drain properly and in order to do so, will need a clear condensate drain.  This is something you can check and rectify on your own.

Don’t delay giving attention to any of these common issues!  Contact the Sunset Hills area industrial cooling equipment experts at American Services to schedule an appointment today!

 

Air Quality in Commercial Cooling Systems

Air Quality in Commercial Cooling Systems

commercial cooling service in MOThere are many things that people can do to help ensure that the air quality of their commercial space is as healthy as possible. Many structures are built without regard for the fact that often indoor air can easily be worse than the air outside. Chemical cleaners and products along with machinery and appliances can all contribute to contaminants in the air that workers and possibly customers are exposed to.

People with asthma or allergies can be highly affected by moldy, stale, stuffy environments. Furthermore, it isn’t good for those without these health concerns either, especially for those who have to spend a lot of time living or working in bad air. Faulty heating or air-conditioning is yet another source of the problem. Equipment damage is something that has to be accounted for when tying to provide clean fresh air to spaces. The presence of molds and excess humidity are also concerns that must be eliminated to keep the air healthy.

Depending on what concern you have and are trying to fix, there are plenty of steps that can be taken to correct poor air quality. Ventilation upgrades can be one solution, so can purchasing new or repairing old heating and air-conditioning units. Cleaning or replacing older building infrastructure can also help.  Deteriorating pipe insulation, fire retardant, old ceiling tiles, lead-based paint dust, the list of potential issues goes on and on.

Additional potential solutions for bad air quality are minimizing or eliminating sources of moisture to decrease the capacity for mold and mildew growth. Using a quality dehumidifier might be necessary. Natural or mechanical air circulation aids may be in order as well. For professional help with upgrades and problem solving concerning  commercial cooling in Webster Groves, American Services can provide answers and assistance.

 

 

Poor Air Quality is an Important Concern in HVAC Systems

Poor Air Quality is an Important Concern in HVAC Systems

Commercial HVAC systems in MOThere are many things that people can do to help ensure that the air quality of their commercial space is as healthy as possible. Many structures are built without regard for the fact that often indoor air can easily be worse than the air outside. Chemical cleaners and products along with machinery and appliances can all contribute to contaminants in the air that workers and possibly customers are exposed to.

People with asthma or allergies can be highly affected by moldy, stale, stuffy environments. Furthermore, it isn’t good for those without these health concerns either, especially for those who have to spend a lot of time living or working in bad air. Faulty heating or air-conditioning is yet another source of the problem. Equipment damage is something that has to be accounted for when tying to provide clean fresh air to spaces. The presence of molds and excess humidity are also concerns that must be eliminated to keep the air healthy.

Depending on what concern you have and are trying to fix, there are plenty of steps that can be taken to correct poor air quality. Ventilation upgrades can be one solution, so can purchasing new or repairing old heating and air-conditioning units. Cleaning or replacing older building infrastructure can also help.  Deteriorating pipe insulation, fire retardant, old ceiling tiles, lead-based paint dust, the list of potential issues goes on and on.

Additional potential solutions for bad air quality in HVAC systems are minimizing or eliminating sources of moisture to decrease the capacity for mold and mildew growth. Using a quality dehumidifier might be necessary. Natural or mechanical air circulation aids may be in order as well. For professional help with upgrades and problem solving concerning commercial HVAC systems near Webster Groves, American Services can provide answers and assistance.

 

 

Industrial Air Conditioning Options

Industrial Air Conditioning Options

cooling maintenance in moFor those in need of a cooling system for your business, there is a certain amount of research and planning that has to be done. A cooling system is especially vital in workplaces which are equipped with various electrical or electronic components. These can generate a high amount of heat making the environment excessively warm.

Structures with a large number of workers, equipment that generate heat, the presence of temperature sensitive substances, such as paints or chemical agents, are all factors that will require greater cooling capacity from equipment. Some businesses which require commercial air conditioning are hospitals, factories, information technology firms, hotels, restaurants.

The modern air conditioning systems are designed in various forms, such as split air conditioning units. With split air conditioners, the condenser and cooling system are located in areas that are far away from the zone that needs to be cooled down. Most of the times, these systems are installed on top of the roofs. Thermostat control, either manual or electronic, allow for temperature setting changes.

A glycol cooling system is a more complex system which ensures low temperatures as low as 10 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, these units are able to provide cool air in large areas which are compartmented in multiple work places. It is ideal for large establishments with several offices and production sections.

A water cooling system comes with a cold water reservoir. The system uses a cooling tower to function. On the downside the maintenance of such a system can be more costly than with other air conditioning options. There are numerous other avenues in industrial cooling to explore. Sifting through all of the information and various possibilities can be time consuming and frustrating. American Services cooling maintenance in Missouri can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Cooling Options for Commercial Buildings

Industrial Cooling Options for Commercial Buildings

cooling HVAC in MOFor those in need of a cooling system for your business, there is a certain amount of research and planning that has to be done. A cooling system is especially vital in workplaces which are equipped with various electrical or electronic components. These can generate a high amount of heat making the environment excessively warm.

Structures with a large number of workers, equipment that generate heat, the presence of temperature sensitive substances, such as paints or chemical agents, are all factors that will require greater cooling capacity from equipment. Some businesses which require commercial air conditioning are hospitals, factories, information technology firms, hotels, restaurants.

The modern air conditioning systems are designed in various forms, such as split air conditioning units. With split air conditioners, the condenser and cooling system are located in areas that are far away from the zone that needs to be cooled down. Most of the times, these systems are installed on top of the roofs. Thermostat control, either manual or electronic, allow for temperature setting changes.

A glycol cooling system is a more complex system which ensures low temperatures as low as 10 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, these units are able to provide cool air in large areas which are compartmented in multiple work places. It is ideal for large establishments with several offices and production sections.

A water cooling system comes with a cold water reservoir. The system uses a cooling tower to function. On the downside the maintenance of such a system can be more costly than with other air conditioning options. There are numerous other avenues in industrial cooling to explore. Sifting through all of the information and various possibilities can be time consuming and frustrating. American Services cooling and heating HVAC  installation near Webster Groves can help.

Choosing an Industrial Cooling System

Choosing an Industrial Cooling System

industrial cooling in MOWhen it comes to industrial cooling in Saint Louis, American Services knows business owners do have some options.  The type of system you choose depends on the size of the area your are trying to cool, the interior building configuration, the location and other specifics that may be pertinent to your specific space.  

Probably one of the most common systems is referred to as a “split system.”  This sort of implementation is what you would typically find in a residential or small business facility.  The split system has an indoor air handling unit and a condensing unit on the outside.  This type of system has the highest energy rating, but may not work for all implementations.  The split system is also only used for cooling, so an additional heating system solution would be required.  A packaged system is similar to the split system in function, but of course all of the components are contained in one unit, as the name implies.

Another option is a chilled water system, which utilizes coils with liquid kept at a cold temperature.  This cooling of the water takes a separate cooling plant, which adds complexity and potential costs, but can work in some scenarios.  Once again, depending on the space, separate window air conditioning units can be used in certain applications.  Keep in mind that all these options require a separate heating solution 

So what is the best system to use?  The question once again depends on the space you are trying to cool.  Split systems remain a popular choice and can be supplemented with fans, individual units, smart controls and other add ons that can be adapted to the situation.  All of the aforementioned systems have their pros and cons so it is best to call in a professional who can analyze your individual space and the occupants to determine what is best.  Make sure you ask for the energy rating on the systems, warranties and any cost saving measures that can be implemented now or in the future.  That way you can start off with the right system and one that will be there for as long as you need it.

 

Installation of Industrial HVAC Systems

Installation of Industrial HVAC Systems

Industrial HVAC repair in MOAmerican Services industrial HVAC service near Wentzville knows that commercial HVAC Systems could be the most important system keeping your business productive. It is typical for every business to be dependent on computers to ensure and assist with productivity. Computers generate a fair amount of heat and without proper cooling, the computer does not function properly. The thing keeping the computers cooled in your business is probably your HVAC system. Beyond computers, having a fully operational industrial HVAC system is essential to employee morale and output which both affect your bottom line.

Technology with industrial HVAC systems has changed over the years introducing new requirements for efficiency and air quality. Today, most air conditioning units are either ductless or split air conditioning systems and it is not uncommon to see both. All of the cooling mechanics are located at a remote location outside of the building, often times on the roof or the grounds of the location. The actual cooling takes place within small units located in each of the various rooms of the building. The older technology required louvers and duct work to maintain individual room temperature.

The size and capacity of industrial HVAC systems is specific to the location. Typically, such units range from two tons to 150 tons. It is a large range due to the variety of applications HVAC systems are required for. Contacting an Industrial HVAC representative is the first necessity to ensure that you are correctly identifying the right unit for your location. A professional must visit your facility and develop an understanding for your specific application. From there, various options can be discussed as to the size of system, requirements, and level of expense

Four Common Cooling System Problems

Four Common Cooling System Problems

new cooling systems in IL American Services commercial cooling installation in Saint Louis knows that detailed planning long before you have a new cooling system installed will help with installation costs, and prevention of many of the “whatever can go wrong will go wrong” principle.

The rule here is that new installations don’t always go according to plan, so a little pre-calculating goes a long way. Most often maintenance staff can assume that once a new cooling system is installed it will function flawlessly forever. Unfortunately cooling systems are complicated machines and they malfunction sometimes.

Here are 4 common cooling system problems that occur frequently and their solutions. A preventative maintenance checks and services schedule should be implemented and scheduled on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This maintenance plan will promote both immediate energy savings and long range commercial cooling systems life span.

Refrigerant Leaks: Air conditioning units don’t use up refrigerant the way your car uses up gas. Rather the refrigerant cycles through the system and is used over and over again. If your refrigerant level is low it was either charged improperly during installation or there is a leak present. Adding refrigerant without fixing the leak will get very expensive very quickly. Consult a certified technician immediately to fix the leak and recharge the cooling system correctly.

Electronic Control Failure: Without fail most controls for the fan and compressors will wear out over time due to normal use and abuse. Corrosion of wire, terminals and other electrical components can lead to electrical control failure. All electrical contacts and connections should be inspected regularly according to your scheduled preventive maintenance checks and services
(PMCS) by a certified electrician.

Sensor Malfunctions: Thermostats are designed to read temperatures of the air to determine when the cooling system should activate or deactivate. When the cooling systems sensor develops a malfunction, the cooling unit could operate continually or erratically. Generally the fix is questionable- bending the wire that holds the sensor in place gently so it’s near the evaporator coil but not touching it-though most maintenance personnel prefer to leave this operation to a certified HVAC technician such as offered by American Services.

Drainage Problems: When left unattended or preventative maintenance is not being conducted in commercial cooling system installations, a disregarded drain clog could cause enormous water damage. Electronics and their components (computers, electric tools, and circuit breaker boxes) do not do well submerged in water. Once again a PMCS check would have prevented the clog line.  Clearing out the condenser drain line and applying an algaecide treatment during every inspection can prevent drainage problems from developing in the future.