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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.

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.

Troubleshooting Advice for Your HVAC

Troubleshooting Advice for Your HVAC

HVAC installThere are several things you can do when attempting to fix the cause of your furnace woes, in addition to, and we think most intelligent of the options, being to call a professional HVAC Repair in St Louis near Overland.  “If the pilot light is working normally, but the furnace is noisy, the furnace may need minor repairs. Also check the air filter; if it is dirty, clean it. Clean the blower blades and lubricate the motor. Finally, inspect the belt attached to the motor.”

You can, when replacing the ignitor, also, inspect the electrical service panel to see if there is a tripped breaker or a fuse that is burnt out.  You will then need to relight the pilot, according to the research we found on behalf of your St Louis HVAC installation near Overland. If, at this point, the heat being generated is not enough, the you can adjust the air shutter of the burner until it reaches the level you need for effective heating with your HVAC in St Louis MO.  Make sure you clean the ports of the burner while you are in there.  You can also clean the pilot orifice with a toothpick while you are at it.

In this process to troubleshoot your furnace, with an inkling that the problem may be the ignitor, is to follow the directions here that we found in our research on behalf of your HVAC sales and service near Overland, MO, “The next step is to check the electrical service panel and see if there is a tripped breaker or a fuse that is burnt out. Relight the pilot heat and check the temperatures. If the heat is not enough, adjust the air shutter of the burner. Clean the ports of the burner. Check the temperatures again and see if the pilot light remains lit. If not, use a toothpick to clean the pilot orifice.”  Stay tuned for more troubleshooting advise for your HVAC ignitor.

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 Replacement Data

HVAC Replacement Data

HVAC repairToday, we will talk, on behalf of your HVAC repair near Ladue MO, about not really commercial HVAC systems, although that is what they specialize in servicing, but instead, we will turn our focus onto the increased efficiency that you can gain in a new home comfort system that involves replacement of your current HVAC system.  “In addition to increased energy efficiency, a new home comfort system can also make less of an environmental impact. Older heating and cooling systems not up to current SEER, HSPF or AFUE standards waste energy, create a bigger carbon footprint and ultimately, end up costing you more money.”

Lucky for you, your HVAC installation in St Louis near Ladue has information that can help and wants to pass along the steps you can take to help get the most out of your home’s efficiency while also maintaining the most in environmental friendliness.   Begin by looking at your current energy bills.  When you do buy new HVAC equipment from your St Louis HVAC sales near Ladue, make sure you are buying Energy Star labelled equipment.  “High-efficiency systems reduce your impact on the environment and can also save you money. You may also be eligible for a Federal Tax Credit.”  You can check with your local contractor to determine qualifying models.

Regardless of whom you choose to handle your HVAC service needs, you will want assistance in finding the proper size and system for your commercial HVAC system, or your home system.  We would highly recommend that you don’t settle for the existing system size, assuming that it is correct, as you could be dealing with the wrong size from the beginning.  Another piece of good advice from HVAC experts online says the following, “Compare the SEER or AFUE of your cooling or heating system with newer models. If it’s below 13, you may want to consider a new, more efficient system. Remember, the higher the rating, the less wasted energy and reduced carbon footprint.”

 

Be Prepared for Your HVAC Service

Be Prepared for Your HVAC Service

HVACAre you in need of HVAC repair near Creve Coeur MO?  You may wish to call St Louis American Services, but before you call anyone, read the following information for pointers and tips on what to do in the event of an HVAC that is in need of service.  “For heating and air conditioning units that may need to be repaired, you should be prepared to provide important information to your technician. You know the ‘personality’ of your heating or cooling unit. No fact is insignificant and may help your technician diagnose and fix a problem.”

After you have significantly explained the ins and outs of your specific HVAC near Creve Coeur, you will want some exact information at your fingertips in order to provide what the HVAC maintenance will need.  The brand and/or model number of your unit, the age of your system, the last time anyone serviced your St Louis HVAC and who did that service, also what was done to your system.  Know when you last changed the filters and make sure you aren’t dealing with tripped circuit breakers.  Make sure you can relay the first time you noticed something wasn’t right and the details of that HVAC observation.  Especially important would be any noises or odors that were being put out by your Commercial HVAC in St Louis MO.  Were there any storms or unusual weather that preceded your HVAC trouble?

Were there any unusual fluids or leakage around the unit?  Make sure you are using a certified service technician such as the HVAC repair staff at American Services in St Louis.  If you hire someone qualified, they will properly evaluate your heating and cooling unit.  You can certainly help speed the process by having the above information available at the time of service.

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.”

Recycling HVAC Refrigerant

Recycling HVAC Refrigerant

recycleWhen it comes to the world of HVAC, it is the same as many other industries as of late.  They all want to do their part to help reduce energy usage, both for the consumer and their pocketbooks, along with the environmental benefits that go with it.  “The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has published updates to AHRI Guideline Q, Content Recovery and Proper Recycling of Refrigerant Cylinders, which now includes best practices for end-of-life recycling of flammable refrigerant containers.”  So, as mentioned above and discovered in our recent research on behalf of your Earth City HVAC repair near Sunset Hills, there are definitely guidelines to follow when it comes to energy and disposal.

“This guideline and the new additions are a critical part of the industry’s plan for the future of refrigerants,” said Stephen Yurek, AHRI president and CEO. “  There are flammable refrigerants that are being introduced in the world of HVAC as low global warming potential alternatives to the refrigerants that are widely used today.  As this takes place, it becomes a huge topic of discussion, just how these refrigerants are being handled.  They must be recycled and handled properly, not only the substance itself, but the container in which they are being held.

The practices that are being suggested, according to your HVAC Sales and Service near Sunset Hills MO, are totally different one container to the next and depend upon whether or not the refrigerant in question is flammable.  “Recommended practices for recycling containers for flammable refrigerants are different from those for non-flammable refrigerants, in that it involves using a non-sparking pick to prepare the container for recycling. As with all AHRI standards and guidelines, Guideline Q is free to download from AHRI’s website.”