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What To Look For In High Quality HVAC Technicians!

What To Look For In High Quality HVAC Technicians!

Technician Servicing Heating BoilerChoosing your HVAC service provider can be tough considering the many choices you have in the area.  You want to make sure you will get the service you need, along with a reliable and knowledgeable HVAC technician to complete the work.  Today, let’s talk about some characteristics to look for in your next HVAC technician.

  • Certifications – Look for your HVAC technician to have a number of documented certifications in both his field and areas of expertise.  The most important of these certifications is the North American Technician Excellence or NATE certification.  Having graduated from a NATE certification program means that individual meets or exceeds the experience, training, and knowledge needed to be a high-quality tech in the HVAC-R industry.
  • Timeliness – Your technician should be someone you can count on.  This means that they arrive according to schedule and finish scheduled work orders within the estimated amount of time given to you as the customer.  A great way to get full details on the reputation of a particular HVAC company, ask around or explore websites.
  • Appearance, Grooming, and Boot Covers – The way your technician presents himself says a lot about his attention to detail.  Anyone how comes to your business to perform service work should be in a clean uniform, be properly groomed, and should always respect your property by wearing boot covers inside your establishment.
  • Prepared and Clean-Up – Your tech should arrive with the right tools and parts for the job indicated in the service write-up.  If you have an experience where your technician in not prepare due to poor planning, that may be a sign of an unfavorable choice.
  • Business Longevity – When researching HVAC service providers near Hazelwood, take the longevity of the business in consideration.  The fact that a service provider has been around for many years is a sign that they must be attracting customers for the right reasons.

Next time you want to switch-up your HVAC service provider, give American Services a call.  Our team is guaranteed to meet your needs!

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.


Don’t Skip Your Restaurant Equipment Maintenance!

Don’t Skip Your Restaurant Equipment Maintenance!

Cafe OwnerWhen you purchase your new restaurant equipment from American Services, our team is going to recommend a customized maintenance plan.  You many wonder why do we do this.  Well, we all know that your equipment purchase is essentially an investment – and an expensive one at that.  This investment in your business is also responsible for your kitchen productivity on a certain level and needs to be very reliable so that you aren’t left out of business for any extended period of time.  Taking your purchase to the next level with a maintenance plan is thus the missing piece to assuring the reliability, functionality, and longevity of your equipment.

Another question may then arise as to why maintaining your equipment is so vital.  Just like you would maintain your car or the appliance in your home, the restaurant equipment you purchase for your business needs to be looked at by a professional at regular intervals to ensure it will function properly.  Regular maintenance is also important so that any warranty coverage isn’t lost due to owner negligence.  The plans we offer at American Services are even more helpful because of the money you will save thanks to the packaged services we can offer.

As you consider the necessity of maintaining your equipment and the possible savings offered by a maintenance plan, please feel free to contact the Hazelwood area Restaurant Equipment experts here at American Services.  Our team is focused on your satisfaction.  We want you to love your equipment and consider serving you in all areas of your business a privilege.  Get on the road to total service by calling us today.  The services we offer extent beyond the equipment we service in your kitchen and make us the area’s only one stop shop!  Ask us about our water filtration, HVAC, beverage system, and ice machine services now!


Get Your Pre-Season Heating Check-Up Now!

Get Your Pre-Season Heating Check-Up Now!

Technician Servicing Heating BoilerSummer is coming to a close and that means you will want to assure the proper function of your heating equipment before cooler weather hits.  In fact, experts with Farmer’s Almanac are predicting a cooler than normal winter season that will require your increased need for a well functioning heating unit.  Here is a quick check list of the areas covered by a typical routing maintenance visit.

  • Thermostat Check – You’ll want to make sure your technician checks your setting to ensure your comfort.  This will also allow your unit to run less while you occupants are no longer in the building – saving energy and money.
  • Inspect Electrical Connections – Having proper connections will ensure the longevity of your unit.  Make sure your technician tightens all connections, measures voltage, and measure the current on the unit’s motors.
  • Lubrication – All moving parts should be lubricated so as to avoid any friction in the motors.
  • Condensate Drain Check – Your technician will make sure the drain is clear to avoid water damage and unwanted spikes in humidity levels.
  • System Controls Check – This test will ensure the proper and safe operation of the system start, operation, and shut-off process.

During a heating specific check, your technician will also need to check the following components: gas connections; gas pressure; burner combustion; and heat exchanger. The proper operation of all of these parts is imperative due to the fire hazard and health problems they can cause when not functioning within spec.

Don’t wait until the cold weather hits to get your heating components checked for proper operation and safety.  Call the Clayton area commercial heating experts at American Services to schedule your routing heating maintenance check-up now!

Proper Planning Helps HVAC Projects to Succeed

Proper Planning Helps HVAC Projects to Succeed

HVAC services in MOAmerican Services HVAC services in Saint Louis MO knows that many facility managers realize that major HVAC upgrades can be some of the most complex projects. There is tremendous potential for hundreds of things to go wrong such as, workplace disruption and equipment challenges.  But a healthy preparation, implementation plan, open communication between tenants and service providers and realistic expectations can prevent HVAC equipment installations from becoming bogged down.

Obviously in any big project the starting point is proper planning. Every proactive facility manager instinctively knows this. But the principle can never be repeated often enough, according to a National facilities operations manager for large automotive manufacture.

The same facility manager also recommends developing back-up (plan B and C) scenarios for any disruptions to the schedule.   Make a list of “what-ifs” include unfavorable weather, equipment delivery delays, structural considerations demanded by new HVAC units on existing roofs, crane availability and access, and more.

One of the directors of space and facility operations, for a large SW Arizona university echoes the sentiment. In his case, he had to plan far in advance to accommodate the needs and requirements of lab users on campus eliminating a lot of potential problems.

“Make sure you have their buy-in, and leave room in the schedule for unforeseen issues since they’re unavoidable on projects of this magnitude,” according to a facility manager of a large computer software company.

A director of engineering for the southern California region of large warehouse terminals also relies heavily on an ongoing plan for replacement. “All HVAC components have a projected longevity, and we try to stay way in front of that lifespan.” The motivation to stay out in front of upgrades is common among proactive facility managers, particularly during tight economic times, when every expenditure faces more than the usual scrutiny.”

Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Tips

Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Tips

refrigeration service in MissouriAmerican Services refrigeration maintenance service near Chesterfield knows that commercial refrigeration is considered the center of any food service business and can create major problems for when the unit breaks down because of poor maintenance. While no refrigeration unit lasts forever, there are several things you can do to extend the life of your refrigeration system.

Commercial Refrigerator Cleaning Tips:

NOTE: Insure that your refrigeration unit is unplugged before you begin any cleaning of your unit.

By keeping all of the mechanical parts of your commercial refrigerator wiped clean daily, you are taking the first step to keeping your unit operating efficiently and adding longevity to your system. There are several parts of a unit that should be cleaned regularly with warm soapy water and a cloth, be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly.

Condenser Coil

The condenser coil location on a unit can vary, located inside or outside, and can be found by checking the owner’s manual or asking the installation technician to point the unit out to you. This part should be cleaned at least once a month to keep it free of dust, dirt and lint. This is a critical component, if not maintenance properly this element could potentially shut your operation down.

Clean the condenser coil with a commercial condenser coil cleaner, which can be purchased at most kitchen equipment retailers. CAUTION Brush the condenser fins from top to bottom and never side to side. Once you have completed cleaning the fins, straighten any bent fins with a comb, this will ensure proper condenser coil performance.

Fan Blades and Motor

Fan blade and motor units on commercial refrigeration systems should be cleaned a minimum of once a month. Using a soft cloth run over both the motor and the fan blades. If it is necessary to wash the blades, cover the motor with another dry cloth so that the moisture does not cause damage to the motor.

Inside Your Unit

It is important to remember not to use any abrasive agents/cloth, steel wool, caustic cleaning chemicals or bleach when cleaning the interior of your refrigerated unit. These products can not only cause damage to the finish of the refrigerator, they can also leave behind strong chemical scents (poisons) that can adversely affect the flavor of the food. Use a solvent of warm water and mild soap to clean the inside of your unit, and be sure to rinse thoroughly.

All About Commercial Cooling

All About Commercial Cooling

commercial cooling service in MissouriAmerican Services heating and cooling installation near Jefferson County knows that commercial cooling is defined in many forms. It can be what makes or breaks a business. With many businesses relying on cooling systems it is critical to ensure safety, longevity, and cost effectiveness. Because commercial cooling comes in many facets it is important to ensure that systems are installed properly and safely so that they can be used to their maximum potential.

Commercial cooling services very often provide products such as walk-in fridges and freezers which are perfect for a number of applications. Warehouses for supermarkets restaurants and schools, these businesses depend on commercial cooling products being effective and reliable.

Commercial cooling products such as walk-in fridges and freezers can be designed and customized to your company’s specific needs, with options like sliding doors or glass doors in order to suit your business needs perfectly.

Commercial cooling systems are not only important for businesses dealing with food and restaurant applications, but also play an important part for businesses such as florists, chemical companies, and even hospitals. Thus the benefits of commercial cooling systems are far reaching.

Another way in which commercial cooling is used is for air conditioning and low profile cooling.
There are many facilities and businesses from industry to office all the way to schools that rely on air conditioning in the hot summer months. Having the facilities  cool is a result of a high quality commercial cooling product. Cooling and ventilation is very important and plays a critical role in getting the most out of your place of business.

Many companies, such as American Services can service your commercial cooling system, and also provide you with component options such as commercial cooling towers. Whatever your needs, there are many types of commercial cooling systems such as Rooftop systems.