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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.

Heating and Cooling Efficiency and Provable Facts

Heating and Cooling Efficiency and Provable Facts

factsIn your St Louis Heating and Cooling systems near Belleville IL, whether they involve your office and industrial environments, or your everyday home unit and system, the importance of routine maintenance to these heating and cooling units cannot be denied.  Plenty of studies have been conducted and research proves that the neglected system is the inefficient system.  Also true is that the neglected system is the one more prone to breakdown and future need for repairs.

The above references heating and cooling studies have been cconducted and fall into two main categories:

– Analysis of failures in individual HVAC components and the energy savings possible by correcting those failures.

– Whole-system estimates based on interviews with HVAC maintenance experts. Energy Performance and HVAC Component Maintenance

One conclusion written by a testing group goes like this, “HVAC systems have over 100 components, and many common component performance issues degrade energy performance.” They provide results in the form of information that summarizes studies of the potential energy savings from good maintenance on chiller components with the greatest energy impacts.

There exists, also, a few studies in which the whole-building energy savings from HVAC system maintenance has been analyzed.   In each instance, the validity and importance of routine Heating and Cooling maintenance in St Louis near Belleville IL, has been confirmed.  Bigger buildings are covered in the work as well.  “The New Buildings Institute found that best practices in building maintenance and operations reduce energy use 10 to 20 percent across all climate zones in the United States. In contrast, poor maintenance practices can increase energy use by 30 to 60 percent.”  The list of citations and proof is rather in depth, but we will take pause there and just let the facts be known.  If optimum efficiency in an HVAC system is the desire, then routine maintenance is a must, not really an option, but a definite requirement.  To what extent it will save you money is not precisely known, but the fact that it will create a heating and cooling environment that runs at optimal efficiency is a provable fact.

Say No To Allergens in Cooling

Say No To Allergens in Cooling

allergensWe discussed in the previous post here, on behalf of your St Louis Cooling sales near Fenton MO, that in order to reduce allergens for those who suffer from attacks, and even those who just wish to breathe cleaner, fresher air, it is a good idea to keep the space around your St Louis HVAC system free from dust and debris. There is more, however, in the way of action you can take to help clean the air you use in your St Louis Heating and Cooling service.

Using a high quality air filter for your furnace is a great idea, but also making sure to change it out on a regular basis in order to keep it working for you.  Here is what one online source has to say about the subject of cooling air and how to keep it clean via proper filtration, “Using a good quality filter in your furnace is a great defense against allergens. Buy filters with at least a MERV 8 rating. These types of filters tend to trap microscopic particles and reduce allergens. Be sure to check your filters regularly and replace them at least once every 3 months. Dirty filters can make your system less efficient and more hazardous to the health of those with allergies.”

It is important to inspect your HVAC system for mold as well, especially if you keep your house moist or humid for any reason. “If you see a small amount of mold build up, you can likely take care of removing it on your own. However, if there is a larger presence, call a professional. Installing a whole-house humidifier or updating your HVAC system can be another option to help solve chronic humidity problems.”  Make sure you are maintaining your current HVAC system, according to your Heating and Cooling in St Louis near Kirkwood, routine maintenance can make all the difference in your allergen reduction as well. “Spring is an optimal time to call us and schedule your yearly HVAC maintenance. We can make sure that your system is ready for the warmer months ahead and ensure that it’s free from dust and allergen blockages.”

HVAC Roof Standards for Energy Savings

HVAC Roof Standards for Energy Savings

rooftop HVACWriting on behalf of your St Louis HVAC Maintenance near Chesterfield, we have uncovered some very fresh and equally as interesting news to pass your way today.  “The HVACR industry has less than one year to prepare for what the government has deemed the ‘largest energy-saving standard in history’ as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE’s) energy conservation standards for commercial air conditioners and heat pumps and commercial warm-air furnaces, otherwise known as rooftop units (RTUs), are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2018.”

When it comes to HVAC installation near Chesterfield, apparently all installers as well as sales and commercial repair companies will have to know these standards and keep them in their back pocket, so to speak, at all times.  The rooftop air conditioner standards, such as the ones on low-rise buildings, as in hospitals, schools, and big box department stores will take place in two phases, increasing minimum efficiency by about 10 percent as of Jan. 1, 2018, and by 25-30 percent as of Jan. 1, 2023. Also effective in 2023 will be the standards for new warm-air furnaces that are typically installed in conjunction with commercial air conditioners.

In our HVAC installation in St Louis near Chesterfield research project, we found that there are estimates based upon other estimates, such as the DOE saying that the new rooftop air conditioner standard will save 1.7 trillion kWh over 30 years of sales.  This is actually estimated (once again) on the amount of coal burned in the US to generate electricity for the entire country for one full year.  This is supposed to go beyond any other standard set in place by our government, or any other government for that matter.  We will pay attention to how this plays out, but for now, we simply wanted to relay the information to you, the commercial HVAC consumer.

ZNE Homes and HVAC

ZNE Homes and HVAC

zero emisisonWhen it comes to HVAC in St Louis near Fenton, we want to do the work and research to keep the interesting and current topics covered for your reading interest on the subject of Commercial HVAC install and service in St Louis MO.  This latest story comes from our recent global need for green operations and it is reported out of California.  “The Santa Monica City Council voted to approve an ordinance requiring all new single-family construction in the city of Santa Monica to be zero net energy (ZNE), believed to be the first ordinance of its kind. Zero net energy homes generate enough of their own energy from renewable sources to equal what they take from the power utility over the course of a year.”

If this could actually become a thing as it pertains to HVAC and other energy usage in your home, can you imagine the overall effects on the environment?  That has to be good.  According to the council in Santa Monica, they are all in when it comes to taking the lead in this zero net energy building standard drive and are also anxious to put this environmental policy into action indeed.  The idea is carbon neutrality as we see it here at your HVAC maintenance in St Louis near Fenton.  Many have set an ambiguous goal of 2050 as a good year to get there.

The ordinance will now move to the California Energy Commission (CEC) for hopeful approval.  “This ordinance makes environmental and economic sense,” said Dean Kubani, Santa Monica’s chief sustainability officer. “With the price of utility power continuing to rise, ZNE homeowners will avoid those escalating costs while benefitting from local renewable power for all of their energy needs.” Here, at your HVAC sales near Fenton, we are excited to see what the future holds for these ZNE type developments.

Usually Your HVAC Can Be Repaired

Usually Your HVAC Can Be Repaired

HVACIn the commercial HVAC industry there can be a lot worth considering. This is especially true, according to you HVAC maintenance in St Louis near Kirkwood, when it comes to the process and need for HVAC replacement.  Whether it be for your home or business, you will need to do some homework and get your ducks in a row before you head out to replace your HVAC system.  “Before replacing your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump, learn the difference between HVAC manufacturers.”  That is the first and most consistent piece of advice you will see online from people who write on the subject.  Also, you will want to most definitely plan ahead an know of someone you can trust who will handle your HVAC installation, such as your St Louis HVAC install near Kirkwood.  Ideally, you will buy from the same folks who will install your commercial system.

“So you went online to start figuring out which brand, which model, which size, which contractor, how much, what financing options, etc. — a lot of things to consider!”  In addition to the above facts, the expense of your HVAC is likely an unplanned one, right?  Sometimes it is even an emergency situation that you find yourself in when it comes time to replace your commercial HVAC in St Louis near Kirkwood.  Don’t let this shortchange the amount of time and consideration you put into your buying decision, otherwise you will likely live to regret it.

Ask yourself why the HVAC purchase is being made and proceed accordingly, “If you’re shopping for a new HVAC system because you recently had service, and the service tech told you that you had to, or that it’s dangerous, then let’s take a step back for a second. It’s very rare that a system must be replaced. Now, sometimes repairs can cost as much as a new system, but that doesn’t mean you must go that route. There are almost always options for repair.”

Regular HVAC to do’s

Regular HVAC to do’s

heatingIn our last article, we covered the two main reasons to stay on top of routine service of your commercial heating and cooling system in St Louis MO near St Peters.  One, it will keep your HVAC system in the best condition and operating order possible and two, it will ensure good air quality for those subjected to your HVAC system.  This is important for your employees and/or residents.  Check out some of these tips from a variety of sources online about HVAC maintenance and preservation.

Replace Filters once every one to six months, depending on your needs.
“Filters should be replaced regularly. Inspect them routinely for a few months and then decide, based on what you see, how often they should be replaced.”  You will also want to clean the evaporator and condenser coils.  This should take place once or two times a year.  If you don’t, you will likely grow and emit mold form the evaporator.  This is such a damp environment that it is almost inevitable unless you keep it clean.  The same holds true for refrigeration.  If any of the following advice is more than you want to deal with, the other thing to keep in mind, is that you can hire someone in the heating and cooling industry to handle any or all of it for you.  St Louis American Services near St Peters does offer this service to our St Louis Commercial Heating and Cooling customers as well.

The above cleaning is important for your HVAC system, not only to prevent mold, but also for overall air quality.  In addition to the dampness that we discussed, the supply side of your coils is in regular contact with contaminated outside air, so things come into the system that aren’t subjected to the filter first.

HVAC History Facts

HVAC History Facts

typewriterWriting here on behalf of your HVAC service and sales company near Maryland Heights, I like to cover topics of interest that can helpful, but also sometimes just interesting and informative.  So, today, we will be going over some good old fashioned history.  The history of HVAC, to be exact, and we will likely be discussing parts of it over the course of the next several posts.  In 1758, according to your Bridgeton MO HVAC sales people, Benjamin Franklin and John Hadley discovered that all liquid evaporation had a cooling effect.  Using alcohol, and other volatile liquids, they determined that these things could evaporate faster than water and could actually cool down an object enough to freeze water.

In 1820, according to your HVAC Maintenance near Maryland Heights, Michael Faraday worked on and discovered the same thing when he compressed and liquefied ammonia.  In the 1830’s sometime, Dr. John Gorrie built an ice making machine that used compression to create buckets full of ice and then blew air over them.  He did not have the finances he needed to move forward with his ideas and so all was dissolved.  Still in the 1800’s, 1881, to be exact, President Garfield was shot and naval engineers did all that they could to keep him comfortable by inventing and building a cooling box.  It was full of soaking wet cloth and blew hot air overhead, keeping cool air to the ground.  The amount of ice used was incessant and so it proved to be inefficient and President Garfield passed away.

More takes place in the 1900’s, when in 1902, “Willis Carrier invents the Apparatus for Treating Air for the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Co. in Brooklyn, N.Y. The machine blows air over cold coils to control room temperature and humidity, keeping paper from wrinkling and ink aligned. Finding that other factories want to get in on the cooling action, Carrier establishes the Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America.”  This, according to your commercial HVAC sales and service company in Bridgeton MO, marks the first actual air conditioner, though much research had been done to lead to that point.

Warm & Cozy Thanks to Proper HVAC Maintenance

Warm & Cozy Thanks to Proper HVAC Maintenance

Staying warm

Winter time is upon us in St. Louis and no matter what type of business you may have, keeping your employees and customers warm and cozy should be a top priority.  Since this is something that rings true for nearly our entire client base, the team at American Services wants to help you understand how you can achieve this goal without much worry, hassle, or cost.  The solution to this problem simply lies in scheduled maintenance visits! Today, let’s take a look at why maintenance is so important and go over a few of the top maintenance services you should be investing in.

Maintenance is key in the overall operation of nearly any large system around your business.  This fact rings especially true when talking about your heating and cooling units.  Both needs to be checked on a regular basis as determined by the manufacturer and your expert HVAC contractor.  These regularly performed check-ups cover all of the major inner-workings of your machines, keep your HVAC system clean, catch any repairs early, and even keep your unit running at its most efficient rate.  All of these things will help your system last as long as possible and work together to keep your costs low and under control.

Now that you know why maintenance is so important, let’s talk about the services you need to be investing in.  Any good HVAC maintenance check-up will cover:  Air Filter inspections with replacement or cleaning, ; a double check of your thermostat settings; tightening of all electrical connections; condensate drain inspection; controls check; and a double check of all gas connectors, gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat exchanger equipment.

So, why not take the time to ensure to comfort of your employees and customers by investing in an HVAC maintenance service near Florissant today!  Call the American Services team to schedule your appointment now!

Comprehensive Commerical Indoor Heating Unit Maintenance List

Comprehensive Commerical Indoor Heating Unit Maintenance List

check list

Keeping up with the your commercial HVAC unit near Florissant is an important part of your winter to-do list.  Preventative maintenance will save you money on your monthly utility bills, keep your place of business warmed properly, and help to keep your equipment running longer.  When hiring an HVAC contractor to do such work, be sure that the following points are covered by the work they perform:

  • Inspect and clean the blower housing, blower wheel, and motor
  • Lubricate motor, inspect and replace fan belt on older model units
  • Clean any lint and debris from the combustion blower housing
  • Drain evaporator coil pan and condensate drain lines, clean as needed
  • Inspect gas units for gas leaks
  • Clean, adjust, and inspect burner assembly
  • Clean, adjust, and inspect ignition system and safety controls
  • Perform an inspection on the heat exchanger and heating elements
  • Check fuel system for signs of corrosion, proper attachment to the furnace, and for any dislocated sections.
  • Inspect control box along with it’s wiring, connections, and associated controls.
  • Replace air filter
  • Check ductwork for leaks
  • When starting the unit up, monitor the system for any uncharacteristic behavior, listen for abnormal noises, and be aware of any unusual odors.
  • In gas furnace units, monitor for correct line and manifold gas pressures and make any needed adjustments.
  • Inspect vent system to ensure proper operation

Once these maintenance tasks have been performed by a professional HVAC technician, you should receive a full report detailing all of the components that were checked, how they performed, and any adjustments/repairs that had to be made.  This is an important part of your maintenance service that will help you understand the current functionality of your unit and any changes that were made.

Contact the team at American Services to have your very own maintenance service completed today!