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Heating and Cooling Replacement vs Cleaning

heating cleaningWe are now broaching the second post within the same subject of HVAC systems and whether or not to have them cleaned.  We ended the previous post on mold scenarios and how, obviously, if you have mold in your HVAC in St Louis near Fenton, then you need to consult an HVAC service company in St Louis in order to have it cleaned or to have someone referred to you for cleaning.

A few final mold pointers for you, found online, are as follows, “If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.  If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.”  Now, we will move onto other scenarios by which it is wise to have your heating and cooling in St Louis near Fenton cleaned by professionals.  Say, for example, your ducts are infested with rodents, insects or other vermin.  You will definitely want to consult heating and cooling services in St Louis if that describes your situation.

A third and less unusual situation will involve your St Louis Heating and Cooling Ducts being clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles (more than the average system).  This describes an HVAC that definitely needs heating and cooling service near Fenton to be cleaned thoroughly for optimum performance.  “If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur.”  So, don’t let someone talk you into full replacement from the start as this will not necessarily address the cause of your predicament and will likely get you back in the same boat.

Dehumidifiers Can Help You Avoid Mold Issues

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Mold is something that grows in areas where there are high moisture concentrations like basements and bathrooms.  Once an area has be exposed to a mold infestation, the spores can spread quickly and even attach to other surfaces only to begin growing there as well.  The worst part about mold is that it can cause a number of health issues and can be hard to stop.  Today, the Fenton area heating and cooling experts at American Services wants to show you how the use of dehumidifiers can help you in your fight against the many issues that are caused by mold.

Dehumidifiers work to lower moisture concentrations in the air.  This reduced moisture level deters mold growth since mold likes to live in areas with high moisture levels.  Dehumidifiers work to deter mold growth very well when used in high humidity climates, basements, or specific areas where moisture build-up is prominent.

When shopping for a dehumidifier, it’s important to consider where and how the machine will be used.  You can purchase units that cover a single room or get one that will work to lower humidity levels throughout your building or home.  These units are are often called whole-house units and require installation by an HVAC professional.

Other ways that work at keeping mold at bay include:

  • Check for and replace any damages insulation around windows, doors, and water pipes.
  • Repair leaky roofs immediately.
  • Remove any rotting wood from around your structure.
  • Avoid standing water around your space.
  • Permanently fix any plumbing problems.
  • Run your air conditioner regularly, as it works as a dehumidifier when cooling the air.
  • Have your air conditioner maintained properly to avoid water pooling.

Don’t let a mold issue become a major problem around your commercial or rental home space.  Contact the American Services team for a free estimate on a dehumidifier unit today!

 

 

Tips To Keep Your Indoor Air Quality Safe During Construction

indoor air quality modelDuring a construction or remodel project many don’t realize that their building’s indoor air quality could suffer.  This disruption in satisfactory air quality can cause a number of issues including respiratory problems and other more concerning health issues. For this reason it is very important that all business owners who undergo a construction or remodel project consider the impact such a project can have on both their employees and customers.

So, what unhealthy substances do you need to be on the look out for in this situation? The most common of these irritants include hidden mold growth, excessive dust, bacteria, lead paint, harsh chemicals, and asbestos.  As you can see, some of these substances are simply irritating, while some can be very dangerous.  Let’s take a look at how you can keep your building’s air quality safe from these issues.

Tip #1 – Talk to your contractor before your project begins and voice your concern about keeping these irritants at bay.  Come up with a plan that tackles excessive dust, harmful substance removal, and other issues that may occur.

Tip #2 – Avoid spreading any contaminants to other areas of your building by sealing off all HVAC registers in the construction zone.

Tip #3 – Have your HVAC technician put a new filter in at the start of construction and then replace that filter once construction is complete.

Tip #4 – Use fans to remove irritants from the building during construction.

Tip #5 – Be sure that you and your contractor are mindful of any manufacturer instructions concerning harmful irritants in the materials being used.

Tip #6 – Call in a professional to make sure your ventilation system is able to handle the removal of irritants that may accumulate during the project.

Tip #7 – Don’t forget to protect your building’s existing systems during the remodel, especially your HVAC units.

If you have an upcoming project and need help understanding how to protect your Wentzville area commercial heating and cooling system during the construction project, call American Services.  Our team understands indoor air quality and can help you make sure your HVAC unit is ready and able to handle the project you have in mind.

Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Checklist Part 1

refrigeration repair in ILAmerican Services refrigeration repair installation in Fenton knows that performing preventative maintenance on your commercial refrigeration system is the best tool you have to prevent major breakdown or costly maintenance repairs. More often than not when things are going well with your refrigeration system, preventative maintenance is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Developing a daily, weekly and monthly preventative maintenance checklist that should include the task, the equipment, who performed the task, and date completed. Below is a list of items you should check on a regular basis:

– Pressure clean and degrease condenser coils
– Clear condensate drain lines
– Check condition of door gaskets for wear and tear or deterioration
– Monitor thermostat settings a couple of times daily
– Monitor temperature and cycling periodically
– Check compressor operation and control wiring
– Check refrigerant level
– Lubricate motors if oil ports are
present
– Check your refrigeration unit’s. thermometer
– Sure insulation condition on suction line
– Check door hinges and door closures for serviceability
-Check and calibrate defrost timers
This is just a sample refrigeration maintenance checklist ,determine which component requires daily weekly or monthly preventative maintenance checks and services that will best serve and lengthen your commercial refrigeration unit’s operational life span.

Your comprehensive maintenance checklist should also include: preventative maintenance checks an services
(PMCS) For your ice machine
– All removable parts should be taken out and cleaned
– Drain should be pressure cleaned
– An acid wash should be done on the river
– Clean ice level sense probe
Caution : It can be dangerous to have a dirty ice machines.

Comprehensive maintenance checklist for A/C machinery
– Pressure clean condenser coil
– Replace air filters and blower belt
– Check thermostat operation and settings.
Benefits of regular preventative maintenance are:
1. Reduced power consumption. It easy to be green with a little preventative care.
2. Extended life of your equipment especially critical components like the compressor, and the condenser fan motor.
3. Avoid mold growth and contaminated spotted ice.
4. Properly maintain line coolers won’t cause system oil and capillary tube breakdown.
5. Proper door seal reduces energy consumption and extends life of equipment.

Detecting Problems within the HVAC System

HVAC services in Saint LouisAmerican Services HVAC installation in Chesterfield MO knows that commercial HVAC Systems are complicated, it can be very intimidating to locate a suspected problem within your HVAC system, these issues the majority of the time is due to lack of maintenance, and the inability to recognize symptoms, that occur in HVAC Operational and non-operational status conditions.

HVAC Industry experts agree and recommend these seven HVAC repair troubleshooting tips, will make your HVAC system operate smoother, longer, cleaner. Armed with this knowledge you can save in energy costs and unnecessary repair bills.

– Check the air flow and filter process, Determine where the problem occurred, are there possible environmental factors. Have the air flow pathways, ventilation, and heating and cooling systems been inspected for contamination or foreign material.
Check your HVAC system for dust dirt or mold growth.
Sometimes it’s necessary to hire an outside professional expert to check the quality of your air.
If you have air quality problems at construction sites, ensure that you have an air quality technician evaluate clean air quality. Flushing bad air from work sites is critical as is providing clean air for workers.  HVAC Systems technicians should be retained when there is a potential problem found. In most cases it has been determined that the ordinary maintenance staff is generally not trained nor has the tools to tackle such a complex sophisticated system. Highly specialized training, special diagnostic equipment, and license certifications maybe required to diagnose, repair and conduct follow up monitoring.

Troubleshooting your HVAC system during excess humidity discharge: check dirty coils, clogged pans may be holding water, moisture may be entering the building thru mechanical leaks. check to see cooling fan running at the proper speed.
Having the wrong size HAVC unit
either too small or too large will also contribute greatly to excessive humidity discharge, making your HVAC system prone to mold growth.

Finally, you can avoid major repairs of your HVAC system by keeping a preventative maintenance plan for your building. If managed properly 25 years of service life and longer can be expected. Periodic energy audits, automating climate control to match building use. Consultation with an HVAC specialist for information on how to improve and maintain your system, without interrupting workflow or comfort in your building.

Commercial Ice Machine Maintenance

restaurant equipment service in South CountyAmerican Services restaurant equipment installation in Wentzville is committed to providing the latest information on equipment care and maintenance for commercial ice makers and other restaurant equipment.

One of the machines many times overlooked for maintenance in a restaurant and other businesses for one reason or another, seems to be the ice machine. A few simple preventative measures will insure your ice machine operates properly, and efficiently.

Replacing water filters every 6 months will extend the life of your machine. Filters remove sediment from the water, inhibit scale which can build up, and remove odor and bad taste. Although filters may not appear blocked, or show signs of sediment or discoloration, bad taste and odor may show up in the filtered water if not changed every 6 months. In fact some ice machine vendors will extend warranties at no extra charge to the customer when filters are changed as suggested every 6 months.

Equipment that has antimicrobial protection built in used near the food zone areas of ice will inhibit slime and mold growth for the life of the machine. Combining these two preventative maintenance steps will insure your ice machine functions properly.  Be sure to sanitize your machine thoroughly at least every 6 months, particularly if using chemicals such as scale remover. In addition, thoroughly rinse off any chemicals used. Some companies also sell cleaning systems. Paying attention to condenser fins and air filters at the six month maintenance check will only enhance operation life of your machine.

Keeping your machines ability to breathe and function, by removing lint and any petroleum will increase capacity. By adhering to this every 6 month method of changing out filters and other tips, you will greatly increase the life of your machine, and decrease maintenance and repair costs.