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Heating and Cooling Issues

Heating and Cooling Issues

balanceWe just opened up a recent discussion regarding heating and cooling and how to do all that you can to prevent problems with your HVAC system through preventative measure such as routine filter changes and maintenance check-ups.  If, however, you have been doing all of those things and you still wind up needing professional Heating Service in St Louis near Jefferson County, then American Services has you covered.  You may not be to blame for the heating issues that you are experiences, as some of them are really not avoidable.  Here are some examples:

“Wear and tear: Normal wear and tear can cause airflow problems, heat control-related problems or even overheating.  Electric ignition or pilot control problems: A faulty ignition or pilot could make it difficult to heat a home or commercial space. Thermocouple problems, drafts or clogs in the appliance may result in an unlit pilot light.  Malfunctioning thermostat: A faulty thermostat can lead to problems with the fan or comfort levels.”  Those are to name a few of the most common St Louis Heating Service near Jefferson County issues that arise on HVAC service calls.

Sometimes your furnace that operates your heating and cooling system fails to heat at all.  When that is the case, it can be one of many different reasons.  Your furnace may have difficulties that lie in the thermostat setting, power, gas of even the power light.  If it is heating, but simply not doing so well enough or not heating the way you perceive that it should, then you may have a clogged filter, or it may simply not be enough heat due to the size and space you are expecting it to regulate and heat.  Many times people have the wrong size furnace for the space they are attempting to heat.

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!

Commercial Cooling System Repairs Should Be Done Now!

Commercial Cooling System Repairs Should Be Done Now!

Do it now

It’s that time of year when businesses are using their air conditioners less often and considering when to turn on the furnace.  That means that it is the best time to have a total system maintenance check and to also invest in any needed repairs or service.  Today, the team at American Services commercial heating and cooling near South County will explain why now is the time to get your cooling system issues resolved and any repairs made.

When your HVAC technician suggests that you take care of your commercial cooling system issues now, you may wonder why.  Well, there are actually a number of reasons. Let’s take a look at each.

First, as the weather cools down you won’t be in need of your air conditioner.  This means that if there is an issue that needs to be resolved, you won’t experience down time that would cause your employees and customers to be uncomfortable.   When you think about it, the timing couldn’t be any more perfect.

Additionally, you will be able to have any work done on a non-emergency basis.  This means that all work will be done as a precaution.  That equals less money and less stress. It also means that you can take some time to consider the scope of work that needs to be done and plan for the upcoming service.  This takes a lot of pressure off what could be a large and costly project.

Finally, you will have the time to make some decisions about upgrading your service to better suite any new needs.  The fall months give you time consider what you will have done.  It also give yous time to save or to get financing for the scheduled project.  All of these factors will contribute to a better decision-making process.

Contact the American Services team now to get a free estimate today!



Heating System Maintenance To Do Now!

Heating System Maintenance To Do Now!

Do it Now!

The St. Louis area has already seen it’s first frost and for many, that means they have had their furnace running already.  It may not be one everyday, but even running it once without the proper maintenance check can cause costly problems.  Today, the premier St. Peters’s area commercial heating team at American Services wants to help you get your furnace in shape so that you can use it without any worries of causing costly damage.  Let’s get started with a few basics.

First and foremost, a furnace with a clean filter is going to provide the most efficient air flow and keep your energy costs down.  Be sure that you are investing in a filter that meets your specific needs.  For example, an average office space may only need a basic filter that takes care of things like mild air pollutants and dust.  If, on the other hand, you are replacing a filter with other needs you will want to address those with a filter made for those needs.  For example, a veterinarian’s office will want to address pollutants like pet hair and dander with a filter made to take care of those issues.  If you aren’t sure when choosing a filter, simply ask your American Services HVAC adviser for a recommendation.

Beyond simply changing your furnace filter on a regular basis, you will want to make sure that other possible issues are addressed before they become a larger problem.  This can be taken care of by having a professional HVAC technician do a thorough maintenance check before the normal heating season begins.  During your maintenance check, the technician will go over all components of your system to make sure there aren’t any obvious issues that should be taken care of before they become worse.  This will ensure that when you need your furnace it will serve you without delay or added problems.

Make your maintenance appointment with the American Services team today!

How To Save On Your Heating Bills This Fall

How To Save On Your Heating Bills This Fall

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The expert HVAC team at American Services wants you to save the most money possible on your heating bills this fall.  As a commercial building owner, we understand that saving on everyday things like heating costs help to make your business more profitable and that’s important.  Today, our professional heating system technicians will explain a few of the top things you can do to keep your bills lower this season.

The first thing you can do to ensure your heating bills stay low during the fall is to call our customer service team for a scheduled maintenance check-up.  Maintenance is the top thing you can do to not only keep your system working efficiently, but it also keeps your heating unit in top shape.  By performing regular maintenance, including changing your filter, you till save money and cut down on repair costs.

Next, take advantage of nicer days as much as possible by utilizing fans and opened windows.  Both of these practices can keep your space comfortable and will cut your heating bills significantly.  Having the front door of your business propped open can also drive more traffic by creating an inviting atmosphere for those walking by.

Finally, don’t miss out on the chance to make any significant repairs or for upgrading while the weather still hasn’t gotten cold.  Making the decision to repair or upgrade your system is a big one that can carry a lot of expense, but it can also save you on your monthly bills.  Have an expert technician help you decide if it’s time to upgrade now.

Contact the team at American Services heating and cooling near St. Louis City today.  Our customer care team would be happy to get you a free estimate with one of our experts technicians and can also assist you with any repair or maintenance issues you may be having.  The American Services team looks forward to assisting you.

What To Do As the Cooling Season Comes To An End

What To Do As the Cooling Season Comes To An End

welcome fall

Fall is almost officially here and that means your cooling system will soon get a much needed break.  Don’t make the mistake that many commercial cooling system owners make by ignoring your air conditioner and moving on to your furnace without any regard for needed inspections.  Now is the time to get your cooling unit ready for next year and your heating system ready for months of use.  This is what the American Services team recommends you should do now to keep your entire HVAC system running smoothly as we transition from summer to fall.

When getting your heating and system ready for fall, the following maintenance tasks should be addressed:

  • Filter replacement.
  • Full inspection of a gas unit’s burner assembly and heat exchanger.
  • Full inspection and adjustment of the ignition switch on gas units.
  • Full inspection and sequence of electric heat and AMP draw check.
  • Full inspection and adjustment of indoor blower components.
  • Full inspection and tightening of all electrical components.
  • Full blow out service of condensate drain and pan cleaning.
  • Heating and cooling unit cycling.
  • Full inspection of outside air economizer if applicable to your unit.

Once you know that you are finished using the cooling portion of your system, there are a few additional items to take care of.  These items include:

  • Turn off the air conditioner disconnect switch to kill all power to your unit during the winter.  This will prevent the unit from accidentally turning on during the cold weather months and prevent electrocution as you perform the next few tasks.
  • Clean all debris from around your outside unit and take a hose to the unit to remove dust and dirt.  Now you need to let the unit set and dry.
  • Once the unit has completely dried, cover your air conditioner with a waterproof cover like a tarp.  This will keep the unit clean and dry during the winter months.  Just make sure to remove any snow or ice build-up form the unit as needed.

If these tasks are something you would like to hand over to a professional, the team at American Services would be glad to offer help.  Contact our customer care staff now to set-up your very own commercial heating and cooling maintenance check near Clayton today!


Preparing To Save On This Season’s Heating Bills

Preparing To Save On This Season’s Heating Bills

thermostat with money

The Labor Day holiday has come to pass and cooler fall days are on the horizon.  As a business owner, this change of weather should be a welcome one thanks to more manageable temperatures that help to reduce energy costs.  Today, the team at American Services wants to help your prepare for savings this fall with some energy saving tips specifically for commercial heating system owners.  Here are our top tips!

As we usher in a new season, all heating and cooling system’s should have a thorough maintenance check-up.  This check-up will go over the general function of the unit and include some other maintenance tasks designed to maintain optimal efficiency and operation.  Some of the areas covered during your maintenance check will include a filter replacement, inspection of ignition and burner assembly (gas), inspection of heat exchanger (gas), inspection of AMP draw (electric), inspection and tightening of electrical connections, and a cycling of heating and cooling units.

Once you know your system is ready for the transition into fall, you can begin to focus on ways to save money on your utility bills with some smart usage.  Saving money on your heating and cooling bill isn’t too hard during the fall season thanks to comfortable outside temperatures.  Use this time to take advantage of opening windows in your office space where available.  You can even prop open the front door of your business to both welcome new shoppers while also letting in the nice fall breeze.  When the temperatures start to cool off, use sunlight to your advantage by opening blinds or curtains.

Don’t let the change of seasons go by without having your commercial heating and cooling system near Ballwin serviced!  Call the team at American Services for a free maintenance check-up estimate now and save the hassle of unforeseen repairs later!


Heating System Replacement Indicators

Heating System Replacement Indicators

Vector Check Mark Symbol On ChecklistDo you know the signs and symptoms related to needing a new heating system?  If not, you aren’t alone! Many Ballwin area commercial heating customers miss the signs and unfortunately end up paying a high price.  Today, the professional team at American Services is going to give you all the details you want to know.  Let’s get started!

  •  Symptom #1 – Delayed ignition ~ A delay in ignition can be caused by a number of problems including a pilot light that is too small, an air fuel mixture that is off, or dirty burners.
  • Symptom #2 – Frequent pilot light outages ~ Pilot light outages can be caused by faulty equipment, faulty gas pressure, or a number of other issues.
  • Symptom #3 – Too much heat ~ This is a symptom that will be felt by those in your space and is pretty easy to detect.  Too much heat can be an issue with your thermostat or other components that need to be checked by a professional.
  • Symptom #4 – Too little heat ~ Just as mentioned above, the occupant in your space will notice this and let you know.  Too little heat can be an issue with your thermostat or other components that need to be checked by a professional.
  • Symptom #5 – Yellow or wavering flame ~ When the flame from your pilot light is yellow or wavering, it can mean that your pilot light tube is dirty or other issues with your system.
  • Symptom #6 – Corrosion or soot build-up ~ Letting soot and corrosion build-up in your system not only affects the temperature of your space, but can also be harmful to occupants.  The only way to prevent this build-up is with proper maintenance.  Without maintenance it can eventually lead to complete system failure.

As you can see, there are a number of symptoms to look for when you suspect your heating system may need to be replaced.  Don’t take a chance at letting your system fail!  Call the team at American Services to have a full maintenance check-up today!


Common Commercial Cooling System Questions Answered

Common Commercial Cooling System Questions Answered

Questions and Answers Feeling comfortable and confident in the heating and cooling equipment you decide to purchase is an important part of finding the right HVAC contractor.  At American Services, our technicians are committed to making sure all of your questions are answered.  We want you to feel confident in your purchasing decision and to know that you are backed by a friendly customer care team that has your best interest in mind.  Today, let’s go over just a few of the questions we answer every day.

When is the best time to perform scheduled maintenance on my air conditioner?

Normally the best time to perform a maintenance check on your air conditioner will be in the Spring.  This allows our techs the advantage of finding any issues before you need to put the unit into use for the warmer months of the year.

How much can I set my thermostat back when my building is not in use?

If you want to save money by not cooling a space while you are away be sure to set the thermostat no more than 5-7 degrees back from your normal setting.  This should keep your space cool enough that getting it back to your normal comfort zone is pretty easy.  If you are wanting to take advantage of this type of savings, we also recommend that you invest in a programmable thermostat.

What types of maintenance tasks should I be performing on my air conditioning unit?

The most basic maintenance task you can be performing on your air conditioning unit is to clear any debris or other objects away from the unit.  You can also use an outdoor hose with light water pressure to clear airborne debris from the unit’s aluminum fins.

If you have more questions about your commercial cooling equipment near Hazelwood, simply give the team at American Services a call today!


Restaurant Equipment Emergency Service VS. Maintenance

Restaurant Equipment Emergency Service VS. Maintenance

Action and Inaction switch Unfortunately many restaurant equipment owners don’t realize the importance of regular scheduled maintenance until they call for emergency service work.  In fact, many don’t even realize that there is a huge difference between these two types of services.  Today, the team at American Services will help explain the main differences between someone who performs regular maintenance and someone who relies on emergency service with two example scenarios.

Scenario #1 – Regular Maintenance Customer

A regular maintenance customer is one that keeps up with their equipment’s needed regular maintenance.  For restaurant equipment, this will mean that the client does scheduled checks on their equipment on their own in addition to having a professional clean, check, and make any necessary repairs before bigger problems occur.  This client’s equipment will last longer, have fewer emergency issues, and cause the least amount of down time.  This is also the most cost-effective way to keep your equipment in top shape.

Scenario #2 – Emergency Service Customer

An emergency service customer is one who only calls about their restaurant equipment when an emergency service is needed.  For restaurant equipment, this means that the client ignores any needed daily, monthly, or other maintenance checks in favor of only doing service when something stops working properly.  This client’s equipment will not last as long as it was designed to, it will be unpredictable in function, and can cause a lengthy amount of down time.  Due to emergency service rates and a shorter life-span, this is not a cost-effective way to keep your equipment running.

As you can see, there is a huge difference between a customer who performs regular maintenance and one who only calls for an emergency.  Make sure you take advantage of the cost, time, and hassle savings of participating in restaurant equipment maintenance near O’Fallon by calling the American Service team for a quote today!