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Avoid Refrigeration Repair

Avoid Refrigeration Repair

Writing on behalf of your refrigeration sales and service in St Louis near Overland, we want to look specifically at the importance of maintenance that you can do at home in order to avoid unnecessary expense in repairs and early replacement of your St Louis Refrigeration.  We start the process with the subject of cleaning.  “Looking to clean your appliances?  Your refrigerator, with its expired condiments, corner grime, and dusty condenser coils, should be the first project you take on. Here are some step-by-step instructions on making your fridge look and perform like new, and tips on how to keep it that way year round.”

You’ll need to likely allow yourself anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half in order to fully clean your St Louis Refrigeration near Overland MO.  “Scrubbing down your fridge right before you go to the grocery store is a perfect time, as it will have the least amount of contents in it.”

Most people will want to power down the refrigerator before cleaning it so you can conserve energy when you are in the process of cleaning it, unless you are planning to keep it closed a lot.  “Because your refrigerator will be open while you’re cleaning, you’ll want to power it down and conserve energy. Loosen the bulb in your fridge until it goes out. Then, set the temperature dial to “off” and unplug it.”  Remove all of the food and place it all in a cooler, or just leave it on the counter if you are feeling fast and lucky.  Toss stuff that is expired or close to expiring or keep it, again, if you are feeling lucky.  Stay tuned to this chain of articles to continue with the advice we have to offer on cleaning your refrigeration in St Louis near Overland MO in order to avoid unnecessary repair and maintenance.

 

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!

What Happens When You Ignore Refrigeration Maintenance?

What Happens When You Ignore Refrigeration Maintenance?

Hvac Technician WorkingEvery business that relies on any type of refrigeration equipment should be securing that equipment’s use with a smart and effective regular maintenance schedule.  Regular scheduled maintenance is key in the proper function of your equipment and additionally reduces down time from unexpected issues.  Today, the Fenton area refrigeration experts at American Services will explain the most common issues that occur when regular maintenance is ignored.

Here are six of the top issues caused by lack of preventative maintenance:

  • Fan Motor Failure – This issue it caused by dirty coils that restrict air flow.
  • Thermostat Failure – This is caused by high amp draw from dirty condenser coils.
  • Burnt and Failing Wiring – This is also caused by excessive amp draw that stems from dirty condenser coils and high head pressure.
  • Compressor Failure – This is caused by a combination of dirty condenser coils and high head pressure.
  • Capillary Tubing Restriction – This is caused by the overheating and fouling of refrigerant oil.
  • Excessive Electrical Consumption and Amp Draw – This is cause by longer dirty condenser coils that cause longer run times for your unit.

As you can see, a number of issues can arise from simply ignoring the routing care that is needed by your refrigeration equipment.  Just think about how much of an investment each piece of equipment is!  Don’t waste your money and cause an inconvenience to your customers by ignoring a few simple tasks.  Maintenance service is always money well spent!

Get your refrigeration equipment on a regular maintenance schedule that will prevent these issues and save you money by calling the customer care team at American Services today!  We can give you a free estimate, get you on a monthly payment plan, and save you money.  Don’t let your equipment fail due to a simple maintenance issue. Call the American Services team now!

Ice Machine Maintenance Tips

Ice Machine Maintenance Tips

IceKeeping your ice machine in good shape is imperative to your production of clean, fresh ice for your customers.  Don’t make the mistake that so many ice machine owners do by not taking some time to maintain your machine.  Here are a few tips to help you get started when looking to keep your ice machine properly maintained.

  • Keep your ice cooler clean by simply cleaning all of the components according to your manufacturer specifications.  This can usually be done every other week and will keep your ice cubes uniform in size and smelling fresh.
  • While doing your routine cleaning, watch for brown slime.  This icky substance grows when your machine comes in contact with certain types of yeast.  You will need to remove any evidence of this pest via your manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations.
  • Think about the location of your ice machine and how the temperature could be affecting how efficiently it runs.  It isn’t always possible to move an ice machine, but if you are able to keep it in a cooler location it will run less often and use less energy.
  • As a part of your cleaning ritual, be sure to take a look at the condition of your condenser coils.  Your machine’s condenser coils greatly determine the temperature of your unit and will cause slow production if dirty.
  • Do a visual inspection of your ice machine and listen for any strange noises.  A simple weekly check can help you identify issues early and this will help you save money if a repair is needed.

If you need help with your refrigeration and ice machine maintenance near Belleville, give the team at American Services a call today.  Our technicians can help you come up with a plan that keeps your equipment running smoothly and we can take care of any areas you aren’t able to take care of on your own.  Call us for a free estimate now!

Basic Refrigeration Maintenance Check List Items

Basic Refrigeration Maintenance Check List Items

Silver FridgeIf you own a commercial refrigeration unit, do you understand what needs to be checked-off your regular maintenance list for optimal performance?  If not, the team at American Services wants to introduce you to those items.  This will not only ensure you have a competent technician working for you, but it will also make your equipment last longer and preserve your manufacturer warranty.  Let’s take a quick look at what you need to be having checked.

Basic Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Check List

  • Pressure Cleaning – Your maintenance technician should be pressure cleaning all of your unit’s air cooled condenser coils and drains.
  • You tech should be not only doing a temperature check, but also checking for the accuracy of your unit’s thermometer.
  • Cycling Check
  • Refrigerant – Your maintenance technician should be checking that your refrigerant levels are within recommended specifications.
  • Door gaskets, seals, hinges, automatic door closers – All should be inspected to ensure proper function and for suitable wear.
  • Insulation Inspection
  • Unit Wiring Check
  • Compressor Inspection

Once all of these areas have been looked over by your refrigeration maintenance technician, you should be provided with a detailed report covering all parts of the inspection process.  This report should provide you with the make, model, serial number, and temperature of each unit checked.  It should also include a detailed list of any repairs that need to be made or other areas of concern.

Your technician can also show you how to perform a few checks in between your scheduled maintenance checks to help preserve the life of your equipment.  These items may include checking door gaskets for any wear that may prevent them from sealing properly.  You will also want to make sure to regularly clean these gaskets with warm, soapy water.  You can also check your drain lines for any blockages and your condenser coils.

Get preventative commercial refrigeration maintenance near Overland by calling American Services today!

 

Commercial Refrigeration Energy Savings Checklist

Commercial Refrigeration Energy Savings Checklist

Environmental ConservationWhen looking at the world’s energy usage as a whole, refrigeration accounts for 20 percent or 1/5 of the consumption.  In order to reduce your business’ carbon footprint and reduce monthly energy costs, there are a few simple tasks you can perform.  Here are four ares to keep in check when looking to reduce you commercial refrigeration energy usage:

  • Condenser Coils – Your equipment’s condenser coils need to be clean and de-greased appropriately.  This maintenance task needs to be completed on a monthly basis.
  • Door Gasket Seals – Be sure to inspect the door gasket seals on your equipment. The gasket seals should be in good condition and working properly.  This is another maintenance task to complete on a monthly basis.
  • Automatic Door Closers – If your equipment has automatic door closers, be sure to check that they are properly operating on a regular basis.  This is something that should be checked every time the automatic door closing feature is used.
  • Ice Machines  – All commercial ice machines require regular cleaning and service. Cleaning should be performed monthly and maintenance service should be performed every six months.  If you are using well water, make sure you are performing these services more often.

By paying attention to just these four areas, you can save yourself up to 20% over those who ignore these simple tasks.  You can additionally save by investing in sustainable energy saving upgrades.  These type of upgrades are available for walk-in coolers and commercial freezers and can be performed by the American Services team today!

Contact the Kirkwood area commercial refrigeration equipment upgrade experts at American Services for more information regarding energy savings for your walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, and ice machines today!

 

What Should Be On Your Basic Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Checklist?

What Should Be On Your Basic Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Checklist?

Drink display fridgeToday on the blog, the experts at American Services want to help you create a simple commercial refrigeration maintenance task list.  Creating such a list will help you keep track of just what maintenance has been done on your unit, along with who by and when it was completed.

Keeping a maintenance checklist is the most effective way to make sure monthly, quarterly, and yearly check-ups are being completed.  This list will save you money in unnecessary repairs caused by neglect and will additionally make your equipment last longer and work more efficiently.  Let’s get going with the list:

  • Pressure clean and de-grease condenser coils
  • clean condensate drain lines
  • Check defroster timers and adjust accordingly
  • Inspect door gaskets
  • Monitor temperature and cycling
  • Check door hinges and door closer
  • Monitor thermostat operation and adjust as needed
  • Check compressor operation
  • Check control wiring
  • Inspect suction line insulation
  • Inspect refrigerant level
  • If unit has oil ports, oil the motor

Now that you have a listing of all the components that need to be inspected, it is important to think about how your list will keep track of how these points are being maintained.  It is best to create a list that includes the: Task; Department; Person; and Date Checked.  This will give you a comprehensive look at what tasks are being completed, when it is being done, and who to reference with any questions.

If keeping a list like this in not an area you want to explore, the team at American Services can offer you a commercial refrigeration service contract near Edwardsville.  With American Services, you service contract will be created around your needs and will save you money!  Don’t delay getting a routine maintenance contract, all American Services today!

Save Money When Cooling Your Commercial Building!

Save Money When Cooling Your Commercial Building!

Industrial Cooling St. Louis Preventative MaintenanceI know it’s hard to believe, but spring and summer are right around the corner!  This means that your business will soon be switching from focusing on how to save on heating costs to how to save on cooling costs. Today, our focus will revolve around how you can take this opportunity to initiate some practices that will not only save energy, but also save you money as we merge into the warmer months.  Let’s get started!

  • Don’t waste the cool air your unit is pumping into your building!  Make it a rule that while the air is on, the doors to your building are shut.  It may sound silly to even bring this up, but look around and you may find energy just walking out the door.
  • Don’t inhibit the heat transfer process initiated by the evaporator and condenser coils on your air conditioner.  Make sure the coils are clean and ready to use the least amount of energy to complete their job.
  • Don’t waste energy trying to force air through dirty filters by changing them as recommended by the manufacturer.  Most filters have a life cycle of about a month.  This practice will also improve your indoor air quality.
  • Don’t block or close-off the vents around your commercial building.  This forces your unit to use more energy because it can’t properly distribute the cooled air it’s producing.
  • Close the blinds and shades according to how the sunlight hits your building.  Blocking this direct sunlight during the heat of the day will make you much more comfortable and save you energy.
  • Consider how you can adjust your thermostats as the seasons change.  This is something you can think about when changing your filters every month.

Commercial cooling maintenance near O’Fallon doesn’t have to be a hassle.  Contact the team at American Services for an energy cost audit today!

Focus On – Cooling Towers

Focus On – Cooling Towers

St Louis Commercial Cooling ServiceHave you ever wondered what a cooling tower is how it can work for providing air conditioning to your commercial property?  If so, today’s focus on cooling towers is perfect for you!  Let’s get started with a quick overview regarding the actual function of this type of unit.

According to www.HowStuffWorks.com, a cooling tower works like this, “The tower creates a stream of cold water that runs through a heat exchanger, cooling the hot condenser coils. The tower blows air through a stream of water causing some of it to evaporate, and the evaporation cools the water stream.”  It is noted that a disadvantage associated with this type of system is that water has to regularly be added to make up for evaporated liquid loss and that the efficiency of this type of unit relies heavily upon the relative humidity of the air, along with the barometric pressure.  Just a few things to think about!

The team at American Services wants you to completely understand your cooling options.  Please feel free to contact our Florissant area commercial cooling sales department to get all the details regarding the cooling tower-based systems we have to offer.  Our team can additionally help you with a full range of HVACR needs.  Our list of services includes: HVAC services like rooftop packaged units, split systems, boilers and chillers; Refrigeration units like walk-ins and reach-ins; Industrial Equipment like chillers, exhausts, and make-up air; Cooking Equipment like grills, ovens, fryers, and steamers; plus Beverage Equipment like coffee, cappuccino, soda, and frozen beverages. You can count on our team to have the knowledge needed to assist you with your purchase, perform your installation, custom-design a maintenance plan, and perform all needed repairs.  There really is no other HVACR team that can do that in St. Louis!

Troubleshooting Common Cooling System Issues

Troubleshooting Common Cooling System Issues

Cooling Repair Near South CountyLearning how to troubleshoot common issues that may occur with your commercial cooling system is a must for all business owners.  This skill will allow you to quickly assess what kind of attention needs to be given to the situation and can even save you money.  Today, the South County area commercial cooling experts at American Services present a few tips and tricks that will allow you to properly troubleshoot some of the most common AC-related issues.

ISSUE #1 – You notice your cooling system isn’t cooling as efficiently as it used to.  In fact, your bills have gone up although the outside temps have been consistent.  What should you do?  If you are experiencing these symptoms, the most common cause is debris build-up around your AC unit.  Debris restricts airflow and causes your unit to work harder to cool your building.  This results in higher cooling costs, along with unnecessary wear and tear to your unit.  To relieve the issue, simply clear any debris that you discover around the unit. This easy task should provide an immediate difference in the efficiency of your unit.

ISSUE #2 – You notice frost build-up on your condenser coils located on the outdoor air handler.  This doesn’t seem right, as you’ve never noticed the build-up before.  What should you do?  The first thing you should do is turn your unit off for a couple of hours so that the coils may thaw.  Once they have thawed, turn the unit back on and feel the coils. Are they cold?  If not, you may have a coolant problem that requires the attention of a trained technician.

Having a basic understanding of your cooling unit is a great way to save yourself time and money!  We hope you have found these tips useful and encourage you to continue learning about how to properly care for and maintain your AC unit!