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How To Maintain Your Heat Pump

How To Maintain Your Heat Pump

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The average lifespan of a heat pump unit is 15-20, but only if it is well-maintained by a professional HVAC contractor.  This means that simply installing your heat pump and using it won’t do the job if you want it to last.  Today, the team at American Services wants to give you the information you need to know about properly maintaining your heat pump.

Just like any other piece of HVAC equipment, regular scheduled maintenance is key in keeping your heat pump running smoothly.  This means you will need to have a maintenance schedule in place for your unit including a system cleaning and service check-up before both the winter and summer months.  It is also imperative that you chance your system’s air filter on a monthly basis and to clear any vegetation out from around the exterior unit just as often.

Getting your system on a maintenance schedule will serve you in a number of ways. First, when your unit is well-maintained it will run more efficiently.  This saves energy that equates to money saved on your utility bills.  In fact, a well-maintained heat pump system can save you up to 25 percent off your utility bills when compared to a neglected unit.  Secondly, maintaining your unit by keeping dirt, debris, and other vegetation away from it will allow your system to work as efficient as possible and extend it’s life.  This means you will be able to get closer to the full lifespan potential of your unit before replacement is need.  Finally, performing regular maintenance will help you in avoiding expensive repairs by finding issues early and resolving them.  This saves you money and makes your maintenance expenses very much worth it.

If you have a heat pump unit in need of maintenance this fall, the professionals at American Services commercial heating and cooling near Florissant can help.  Call today for a FREE estimated and get your heat pump ready for the winter season.


How Clean Is the Ice You’re Serving?

How Clean Is the Ice You’re Serving?

Ice CubesDirty ice is not only a bad business practice, but it can also cause your customers to get sick!  In fact, contaminate ice is health issue that can be found as a common finding in health department food sanitation reports.  Yet, for some reason ice machines are often the most neglected piece of equipment found in many restaurants, convenience stores, schools, bars, hospitals, and hotels.

The team at American Services wants to know.  When was the last time you took a look at what could be growing in your ice machine unit?  Go ahead and take a look!  Did you find slime clogging your pumps, hardened scale on your water valves, or mold?  All of this microbial growth is not only a health concern, but it also caused unnecessary wear to your machines that will make them inefficient and  shorten their lifespan.

But what about the self-cleaning cycle?  Well, most don’t realize but that handy feature only cleans the evaporator.  This leaves the rest of the machine to grow all sorts of undesirable matter that needs to be gotten rid of fast.

So, how can American Services help?  The team at American Services can provide you with the routine maintenance and cleaning services you need to keep your ice machine clean, sanitized, and running efficiently.  When a technician from our team cleans your ice machine, he will make sure the entire unit and all of it’s parts have been properly soaked, scrubbed, sanitized, dried, re-assembled, polished, cleaned and inspected.  This process ensures you as the owner that the ice you serve is clean and tastes great!

Contact the professional team at American Services for all of your St. Charles area refrigeration and ice machine maintenance needs!  We can guarantee your complete satisfaction with all of our top-notch services.  Give our team a call for a free estimate today!

How Long Will Your Commercial Heating System Last?

How Long Will Your Commercial Heating System Last?

Question Mark And ThinkerMany consumers want to know how long their heating system should last.  Yet, that question isn’t an easy on to answer and defiantly isn’t as cut and dry as you may assume.  In fact, there are a number of factors that will play into the longevity of your commercial cooling system and many variables you won’t be able to accurately account for.  Today, let’s talk about estimating the life span of your heating unit and the factors that will help you determine this ballpark figure.

The average lifespan a heating unit can vary from 8 all the way up to 20 years.  Obviously, the first factor that will give you a good range of life is the quality of the unit you purchase.  Units that are builder-grade and offer the least amount of efficiency can only be expected to last about 8 to 12 years.  Yet, there are premium units that offer much great efficiency and a life expectancy of anywhere from 15 to 20 years.  As you can see, the quality of the unit you are asking about plays a huge factor in how long you can expect it to last.

Next on the list of contributing lifespan factors is maintenance.  It isn’t uncommon to see a well-maintained, low quality unit last longer than it’s premium-quality, neglected counterpart.  Doing as little as having an annual fall check-up will not only add years to the life of your unit, but it will also make it work more efficiently -which save you money.  With that being said, annual maintenance is well worth the up-front expense.

Finally, the quality of the individual who installed the unit will make a huge difference.  When you choose a professional heating service technician near St. Peters you unit will function properly and last for years to come.  Contact the team at American Services today to gain access to the high quality service you deserve.


HVAC Upgrades

HVAC Upgrades

HVAC Services in MOAmerican Services commercial HVAC installation in Saint Louis knows that it’s feasibly possible to replace one particular component of an HVAC system and not have to repair or replace any other for the ten year life of an HVAC system. However it’s highly unlikely, Certified HVAC technicians at American Services will verify this thru vast experience. If upgrading one component is a consideration, you may want to take a look at the whole picture.

“You wouldn’t want to replace one piece and not consider the other pieces,” says a certified tech for a large west coast HVAC installer “If you have a chiller that’s reaching the end of its useful life, you have to consider the condition of the cooling tower. It’s a mistake to replace the component of a system that has an obvious problem and not have the foresight to take a holistic look at it and say, ‘the chiller’s 30 years old and it has a problem, what else is that old?'”

One of the first and most important places to start inspecting when looking for other areas that might be affected by an upgrade is the control system. If you are operating with a legacy control system, you’re running the risk of either limiting your upgrade options or not getting the most out of them. These old outdated control systems will keep your system running inefficiently even with an HVAC upgrade.

“I wouldn’t limit myself with an old BAS or energy management system and have that tail wag the dog, if you will,” another HVAC contractor says. “I wouldn’t say, ‘since the controls can’t handle certain types of equipment, let’s not go down that road.’ I would start with the main equipment and then work from there.” If you’re going to be there five years or longer, then I would be looking at upgrading,” he says. Stretching a system’s lifespan while repairing when needed becomes a more attractive option.