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The Original Heating Installation Matter Down the Road

The Original Heating Installation Matter Down the Road

install of HVACTo clean or not to clean is the first question we delved into rather deeply in the previous handful of posts here, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling Service near Belleville IL.  We have determined that much of the answer lies in personal preference and mostly in individual heating and cooling system circumstances.  Let us assume that you do plan to pursue professional cleaning of your St Louis HVAC near Belleville IL.  “If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so.”  We have found in our recent research that cleaning only some of the system is a waste of time as is replacing a full system without determining the source of the issue, assuming you are dealing with something bigger than dirt, such as unwanted creatures or mold.

In your heating and cooling system in St Louis, as it pertains to cleaning ducts, we find that this will refer to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

Also, sometimes the need for an HVAC clean lies in the inappropriate installation and maintenance of your heating and cooling system in St Louis near Belleville IL.  “If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space.”  Therefore, often times the aftercare of your system is directly related to the quality of the installation of your HVAC in the first place.  Look for someone recommended and qualified, such as your St Louis Cooling Service and Sales near Belleville IL when it comes time to purchase and install the original system or address a replacement HVAC.



Some Will Clean HVAC for the Sake of Clean

Some Will Clean HVAC for the Sake of Clean

HVACHeaded back around the bend, we are still looking closely at the HVAC systems of today, and more specifically, whether or not we need to concern ourselves with having them cleaned by heating and cooling service in St Louis near Webster Groves MO.  The answer seems to lie, like so many other questions, in the details of your situation. “Some research suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings. However, little evidence exists that cleaning only the ducts will improve the efficiency of the system.”  So, it could be more of a question of how much of your heating and cooling system you address in the cleaning process, or just how thorough you ask them to be when you call your St Louis heating and cooling installation near Webster Groves for your next HVAC service.

Many people will agree that the debate is pointless, in fact you may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should be occasionally cleaned. “Provided that the cleaning is done properly, no evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental. EPA does not recommend that the air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only as needed.”  Also true and found in our recent research on behalf of your St Louis heating service near Webster Groves, is that the EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you do decide to have your air ducts cleaned, take the same consumer precautions you normally would in assessing the service provider’s competence and reliability.  You may wish to only pursue those businesses highly recommended to you, such as your St Louis Heating Sales and Service near Webster Groves.


Air Pollution and HVAC Cleaning

Air Pollution and HVAC Cleaning

cooling cleaningWhen it comes to your heating and cooling system in St Louis near Collinsville IL, we know that many of you are confused as to whether or not to clean you ductwork and, honestly, the answer is a bit up in the air, depending upon who you talk to.  “Air duct cleaning service providers may tell you that they need to apply chemical biocide to the inside of your ducts as a means to kill bacteria (germs) and fungi (mold) and prevent future biological growth.” They may also propose the application of a “sealant” to prevent dust and dirt particles from being released into the air or to seal air leaks. You should fully understand the pros and cons of permitting application of chemical biocides or sealants. While the targeted use of chemical biocides and sealants may be appropriate under specific circumstances, you will want to know what is best for you.

Let’s look now at exactly what constitutes air duct cleaning. Most people have been made aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility in the form of marketing and professional heating and cooling service in St Louis near Collinsville IL. “Many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve the quality of your indoor air. You have probably seen an advertisement, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home’s indoor air quality.”  You may wish to contact your St Louis Cooling maintenance near Collinsville IL to find out more about what they and other companies are offering in the HVAC cleaning realm.

In the meantime, understand that price will vary based on things such as the size of the system to be cleaned, the accessibility of said heating and cooling sytem, the climate where your HVAC is located and operated and the level of contamination of your current heating and cooling system in St Louis MO.

Troubleshooting Your Gas Heating System

Troubleshooting Your Gas Heating System

fixing gas furnaceBefore you call out a commercial heating contractor near Edwardsville, take a look at these common troubleshooting tips.

Problem #1 – My furnace isn’t producing heat.  This issue could be from a number of sources. First, check your thermostat setting.  It should be set at a temperature higher than the current house temperature reading.  If that looks good, make sure the batteries are in working order.  The next step is to take a look at your actual furnace unit.  Is the switch on or near the furnace in the “on” position?  It should be.  You will also want to make sure the fuse or circuit breaker isn’t indicting a problem.  Another issue found on older furnace units is a burned out pilot light.

Problem #2 – Frequent On/Off Cycles.   The easiest solution to frequent cycling can be solved with a new filter.  Change your dirty one and see if that helps.  If you still experience the problem, call your HVAC technician so that he can check for a faulty thermostat or blower motor issue.

Problem #3 – Noisy furnace.  Noises that create a popping or banging sound are most likely caused by expanding and contracting air ducts and isn’t an issue.  On the other hand, if you hear squealing or grinding, you may have a more serious issue.  Time to call out the experts.

Problem #4 – Not producing enough heat.  Again, this can be due to a dirty air filter (see why changing those is such a big deal).  You could also have some vents that are blocked.  Look around, change your filter, and see what happens.  If you still feel like the heat being produced isn’t sufficient, call your American Services Tech.

If you decide the issue you are having is beyond your DIY abilities, the team at American Services can help!  We off the most comprehensive service list in town!



Annual Maintenance for HVAC Systems

Annual Maintenance for HVAC Systems

HVAC technician in MOAmerican Services commercial HVAC maintenance and repair service near Fenton knows that HVAC systems are an essential component of ensuring high productivity and comfort within any work environment. Additionally, HVAC systems provide clean air for breathing and staying healthy in the workplace. Without proper annual HVAC maintenance, systems can become inefficient, unhealthy, and diminish moral within the workplace. Not to mention the added costs to repair the system.

All filters must be changed or cleaned according to the maintenance cycles outlined by the manufacturer or installation company. All businesses are different and may require differing timeframes between replacement or cleaning. Drive belts should be inspected while changing or checking the filters. Over time drive belts will wear out and brake. Broken drive belts will lead to inoperable systems.

Evaporator and condenser coils need to be cleaned annually using water. High pressure power washers are not recommended as they will damage the coils reducing the efficiency of the unit. All dirt and debris needs to be removed to ensure proper airflow. If your unit has a problem with mold, products can be applied to eliminate the mold and prevent future growth.

Air ducts should be inspected every year. Over time, dust and dirt will settle and stick to the walls of ducts. Build up of foreign particles can also cause mold or bacteria growth. Soiled ducts need to be professionally cleaned and disinfected by a licensed company. This maintenance task is essential for the health and safety of employees as they are constantly breathing the air that is passing through the ducts.

Having an annual HVAC preventative maintenance plan will ensure your system is running and peak efficiency.

Customizable Cooling Preventative Maintenance

Customizable Cooling Preventative Maintenance

industrial cooling maintenance in MOPreventative maintenance of your cooling system is the upkeep of equipment to ensure it is running at peak efficiency.  It is through regular preventative maintenance that minor problems will be caught and repaired before they become major, costly problems.  Preventative Maintenance of your cooling system is essential to ensure proper functioning of all components.  When cooling systems are required to function without having had proper care, system efficiency is diminished and components will experience premature wear and ultimately premature failure.

Having a cutomizable cooling maintenance program in your operation is essential and easy to develop.  There are several key areas of your cooling system that require regular maintenance.  The filters need to be replaced every one to six months depending on the air quality at your location.  Factories and warehouses may require more frequent filter replacement than hospitals and schools due to the increased volume of dust or dirt in the air.  It is wise to replace air filters with a good, high quality filter.  Air ducts also should be cleaned when buildup is visible.  Dampers that work properly will keep the compressor from running when air temperatures are cooler.  Dirty dampers may hinder this process.  Other areas or cooling system preventative maintenance include inspecting the blower wheel, bearing, and belts two times a year.  Additionally, it is important to repair any cabinets that are leaking air through cracks.

It is important to understand that all cooling systems are different and each require a customizable cooling program specific to your application.   A good first resource for developing such a plan is to contact your local HVAC service technician and ask about creating a customizable preventative cooling plan in Missouri at American Services, you won’t be disappointed!

Below are some reasons to implement a customizable preventable plan into your business;

Maximize your equipment’s performance

Reduce interruptions to your business

Pay for maintenance and service during the equipment’s life cycle

Reduce costs and budget services evenly over time with no surprises

Comply with the manufacturer’s warranty

Industrial Cooling Systems

Industrial Cooling Systems

industrial cooling systems repair MOCooling systems such as industrial chillers designed for large commercial buildings must depend on either air flow, or a liquid like water as a distribution medium.

The cooled air is then circulated throughout the building through air ducts.  When water is utilized in industrial equipment for cooling, the chilled water is distributed through pipes. These are the very most common types of commercial air conditioning systems for large commercial buildings because it’s more economical.  Water has a higher heat capacity and the pipes take up far less space than the huge air ducts.  Chilled water is much more flexible to be utilized for zone control as well.

Chilled water will cool the air in the work space by being used by a distribution medium.  Industrial chillers work through air handling units or fan coils.  Usually air handlers are found in large commercial buildings, hospitals, and other oversized spaces.  In smaller commercial spaces such as small hotels, fan coil units are usually found. These units are usually controlled by thermostats.

In water chilling systems cooling towers and chillers comprise the commercial cooling system. Chilled water distribution systems utilize the same piping system as hot water systems use.  These systems could also supply heat.

There are 2 pipe and 4 pipe systems in chilled water air handlers and fan coils used to cool.  In a 2 pipe system there is only one water loop and one return pipe for each handler.  The commercial building can be in what’s called “switch over dates” when the chiller is shut down and the industrial boiler is started up.  The disadvantage to the 2 pipe system is that if the weather suddenly becomes unseasonable, it is not very likely that the cooling system can be suddenly switched back on.

A 4 pipe system on the other hand, uses 2 different water loops, one for heat and one for cooling.  This allows for simultaneous heating and cooling in separate parts of the building.  Consequently, a switch over is not necessary.  Of course 4 pipe systems are a bit more costly due to more expensive coils, controls and the extra water loop.

To learn more about industrial cooling equipment near Hazelwood contact us today at American Services heating and cooling repair in St. Louis.

HVAC System Maintenance

HVAC System Maintenance

HVAC installation in MOAmerican Services HVAC maintenance and repair in Wentzville knows that performing preventative maintenance on your HVAC system accomplishes many things including;
– Protecting your building occupants from unnecessary exposure to IAQ, saving you from potential litigation down the road.
– Lowering utility costs, -increasing the service life of the HVAC equipment and reducing replacement costs.

Recommended  HVAC component maintenance checks and services include:

-Select only the best filters-the higher the Merv rating the more efficient the filter is in removing small particles. Pleated filters made of cotton/synthetic fabrics cost a little more but boosts efficiency and the pleats increase the effective area.
– Filters should be replaced every 1 to 6 months filters capture dust that can become a food source for mold. Visually inspecting filters at regular monthly intervals which will help prevent
IAQ issues
– Regularly inspect fans, bearings, and belts
-Twice per year at a minimum inspect your fans, the bearings, and belts. Confirm that your fan motors are running in the correct direction checking for any excessive wear damage, insure that belts are aligned and check for belt deterioration. Doing so will prevent wear an increase the life of your system.
– Clean evaporator and condenser coils at least once a year. Mold is the enemy of your evaporator coils, so cleaning them frequently will ensure your system is running clearly and efficiently.  Condenser coils are greatly affected by dirt, cleaning them often will improve energy efficiency.
– Clean air ducts every 2 years in order to keep your air supply clean and system operating efficiently.  It is recommended by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association that having your air ducts cleaned and serviced every other year will keep your HVAC ducting  operating cleanly an efficiently while extending the life of your system.