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Identifying Industrial Heating Maintenance Procedures

Identifying Industrial Heating Maintenance Procedures

industrial heating maintenance in MOHaving a proper preventative maintenance program to address your Industrial Heating Maintenance needs in St. Louis is essential to ensure smooth, efficient operation of your industrial HVAC system. Poor maintenance will lead to heating system failures and expensive repairs that preventative maintenance checks may have caught before serious problems arose. Armed with a comprehensive preventative maintenance program, you are able to reduce the number of service calls and ultimately save your operation money.

You first need to create an inventory of all heating equipment and systems in your operation. Each piece of equipment should have a manufacturer, model number, specifications, manufacture date and function in the system. If there are previous maintenance records, attach them to your documentation.
Once the inventory is complete, create a list of preventative maintenance required for each piece of heating equipment. If you are not knowledgeable about the equipment, contact a technician and they will be able to help you pinpoint key maintenance tasks.

Typical heating system maintenance items will include general visual inspections at least twice a year and preventative maintenance on boilers. Additionally, pumps usually require bearing lubrication at least once a year and couplings and pipes should be checked for leaks. If there are unusual noises, they must be investigated immediately. Air-handling unit maintenance should include cleaning or replacing air filters at least quarterly based on your operating conditions.

Most operations will have spring and summer preventative maintenance procedures listed in their heating maintenance checklist separate from the fall and winter tasks. As it becomes warmer outside, heating requirements will decline and some systems require more extensive maintenance when the system will be offline for several months.

For your heating maintenance needs in Missouri, contact American Services heating and cooling service.

 

Commercial HVAV Preventative Maintenance

Commercial HVAV Preventative Maintenance

commercial HVAC Service in MOAmerican Services commercial HVAC maintenance near Fenton knows that when it comes to maintenance on a commercial industrial level, facilities maintenance managers are the first in line to supervise.

Regardless of whether you own a retail store, apartment building, or an office complex, maintenance efforts should focus on making sure the airflow and heating systems function properly and that customers and employees as well as all building inhabitants have a clean environment-Federal Law mandates this.

A clean, healthy workplace translates to high productivity.  If you do not conduct regular inspections of your commercial HVAC systems you invite unexpected breakdowns that could interrupt the work day and result in costly repairs.  Taking the initiative to conduct preventative maintenance checks and service checks on equipment will help ensure that fewer problems occur.

So how do you go about performing preventative maintenance on your commercial HVAC systems?  Similar to the maintenance operations you perform on your car such as regular oil changes and tire rotations.

Implement a scheduled maintenance plan on your heating, cooling, and ventilation system to check regularly that everything is in good working order.

A few of the items on your preventative maintenance checklist should include:

  • Replacement of air filters – if you have properly organized your maintenance schedule, you know to replace filters every few months
  • Inspect HVAC units for leaks which can become costly if ignored over time
  • Clean air-cooled condensers- taking the time to regularly clean your condensers assures that your units will not become contaminated and that your air stays clean.
  • Check safety controls and perform inspections on all control dials and switches to ensure digital panels are programmed and calibrated to the correct settings

Tips for Maintaining Cooling Towers

Tips for Maintaining Cooling Towers

commercial cooling repair in MOAmerican Service heating and cooling maintenance in Wentzville knows that the hot summer and cold months place unusually large demands on cooling systems, so if your cooling tower and related equipment are not properly maintained, you can’t expect them to be in good physical shape, there could be a loss of process efficiency, damage to downstream equipment, resulting in loss of production. These are just a few of the malfunctions encountered when operating without a preventative maintenance checks and services schedule (PMCS).

Similar to overheating the engine in your car, the loss of cooling capability and subsequent dangerous rise in temperature in cooling towers during hot summer months can result in a number of serious consequential “systemic” problems. Some of those include; complete paralyzing of tower controls, destruction of equipment, and loss of product due to inferior quality issues.

“Like your car, when you run a cooling tower in the red, you are going to see consequential damage,” advises Tom Ryder, a longtime cooling tower customer support specialist. “When you continuously run a car in the red during the heat of summer, you are exposing yourself to a series of heat-related problems, including damaged gaskets and seals, premature cylinder wear, warped cylinder heads and even catastrophic engine damage. When a cooling tower is suffering from a lack of preventive maintenance, you could experience over-heating equipment, increase in scrap material, refrigeration losses, heat exchanger inefficiencies, and other severe operational consequences.”

Cooling towers play a critical role in cooling process equipment used in pulp & paper production, petrochemical processing, manufacture of plastics, metals and textiles, the processing and storage of food, beverage and pharmaceutical products, and many HVAC systems.

If cooling towers are not kept in good working condition with preventive maintenance, the additional ambient heat of the summer months will tax their cooling capacities, making them “fatigued”, which can in turn put a strain on system equipment and processes downstream.

Four Common Cooling System Problems

Four Common Cooling System Problems

new cooling systems in IL American Services commercial cooling installation in Saint Louis knows that detailed planning long before you have a new cooling system installed will help with installation costs, and prevention of many of the “whatever can go wrong will go wrong” principle.

The rule here is that new installations don’t always go according to plan, so a little pre-calculating goes a long way. Most often maintenance staff can assume that once a new cooling system is installed it will function flawlessly forever. Unfortunately cooling systems are complicated machines and they malfunction sometimes.

Here are 4 common cooling system problems that occur frequently and their solutions. A preventative maintenance checks and services schedule should be implemented and scheduled on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This maintenance plan will promote both immediate energy savings and long range commercial cooling systems life span.

Refrigerant Leaks: Air conditioning units don’t use up refrigerant the way your car uses up gas. Rather the refrigerant cycles through the system and is used over and over again. If your refrigerant level is low it was either charged improperly during installation or there is a leak present. Adding refrigerant without fixing the leak will get very expensive very quickly. Consult a certified technician immediately to fix the leak and recharge the cooling system correctly.

Electronic Control Failure: Without fail most controls for the fan and compressors will wear out over time due to normal use and abuse. Corrosion of wire, terminals and other electrical components can lead to electrical control failure. All electrical contacts and connections should be inspected regularly according to your scheduled preventive maintenance checks and services
(PMCS) by a certified electrician.

Sensor Malfunctions: Thermostats are designed to read temperatures of the air to determine when the cooling system should activate or deactivate. When the cooling systems sensor develops a malfunction, the cooling unit could operate continually or erratically. Generally the fix is questionable- bending the wire that holds the sensor in place gently so it’s near the evaporator coil but not touching it-though most maintenance personnel prefer to leave this operation to a certified HVAC technician such as offered by American Services.

Drainage Problems: When left unattended or preventative maintenance is not being conducted in commercial cooling system installations, a disregarded drain clog could cause enormous water damage. Electronics and their components (computers, electric tools, and circuit breaker boxes) do not do well submerged in water. Once again a PMCS check would have prevented the clog line.  Clearing out the condenser drain line and applying an algaecide treatment during every inspection can prevent drainage problems from developing in the future.

HVAC Retrofits

HVAC Retrofits

HVAC Services in Saint LouisRegardless of how well your HVAC system is maintained, age and building expansion will eventually cause you to replace it. This critical decision needs consultation from professionals such as American Services HVAC repair in St. Charles, and a well thought out plan.

HVAC system replacements are a costly process that can disrupt building operations over an extended period of time. A well thought out plan including consultation with a certified HVAC designer helps ensure that the retrofit produces maximum benefit. This will enhance operations of the facility, and immediately generate energy cost savings. A good plan will also make sure that the retrofit process will not have to be repeated in the future secondary to poor planning and impulsive decision making.

8 steps to keep in mind for an  HVAC retrofit:

  1. The quickest and easiest way to replace older HVAC systems is to put in a new system that matches the old one. Match components by type, compatibility, voltage/amp output, and then replace with new components of exactly the same profile. This process will work if there are no changes in your building.
    2. New technologies result in tremendous progress in the last 15 years as far as HVAC technology. New DDC control systems provide a better climate while reducing energy costs. High efficiency chillers can reduce the cost of air conditioning. Variable frequency drives improve operating efficiency. These are all proven new technologies and are used widely today in modern installations.
    3. Modern buildings today are under a constant state of change. Interiors are upgraded; tenants are moving in and out, infrastructure changes increase. The one thing that doesn’t change is your HVAC system trying to support all these changes. This is why flexibility must be built into your HVAC system retrofit.
    4. Part-load performance-chillers are the single largest users of electricity improving the efficiency of chillers is what chiller manufactures strive to do. When selecting replacement chillers, pay attention to full load efficiency ratings
    5. Maintain records of maintenance performed on your building, maintenance costs, increasing maintenance requirements.  Implement a preventative maintenance checks and services checklist for your building’s maintenance staff.
    6. Seeing the big picture- most generally tunnel vision develops when planning for HVAC retrofits focusing on only specific components or portions of the entire HVAC system. Experience shows, before making retrofit decisions facility executives should step back and determine if other projects planned for the building will affect the HVAC system operation.
    7. The major goal of any HVAC retrofit program is to improve the level of service.  Facility executives should consult the occupants and be willing to receive input. Facility executives can then develop a clear understanding of what the HVAC system will be expected to do.
    8. Program approval-HVAC retrofits are costly programs.  More often than not facility executives simply submit funding requests with little or no supporting information, the outcome, “Funds Denied”. Put a band aid on components and just patch systems together, to keep things going. An HVAC retrofit is a major undertaking for the Facilities Department, the occupants, and organizations management. A certified HVAC systems designer, HVAC component manufacturer should all be brought in during the planning phase.

 


Commercial Refrigeration Comprehensive Maintenance Part II

Commercial Refrigeration Comprehensive Maintenance Part II

commercial refrigeration installation in MOAmerican Services refrigeration  installation in Sunset Hills 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.

Commercial refrigeration comprehensive maintenance checklist

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 a 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.

 

Commercial HVAC inspection checklist-What to look for

Commercial HVAC inspection checklist-What to look for

HVAC repair in MOWhether your company outsources maintenance through a company such as American Services,  or you have staff in place to service your HVAC, It is critical to have a preventive maintenance check and services matrix in place. By scheduling regular inspections you can guarantee the health and safety of your employees and clientele.  Insuring that your HVAC system operates efficiently with air systems and ventilation operating at peak levels throughout the year.

Sometimes changes in maintenance staff or changes in maintenance companies outsourced to handle your building’s HVAC maintenance operations. Here’s a checklist you can use to inspect your HVAC operations. While responsibility for long term HVAC operations is designated permanently.

  1. Filters and Belts- both employees and customers need to function in a clean clear air environment. When air filters and belts start to wear out the ‘atmosphere’ in your commercial building can become contaminated. Regular inspection can prevent these components from becoming damaged to function.
    2. Coils- A buildup of dust and particles overtime will impair your equipment causing mechanical failure down the road.
    3. Calibration of components- Make sure all calibration requirements are conducted on time using your preventive maintenance and construction services list.
    4. Wiring Inspection- Wiring and connections should be checked during regular maintenance to insure proper connections.
    5. Ducting work- The enemy here is dust, particles, and mold. Inspecting your ductwork regularly and checking for infestation and clogs will prevent this.
    6. Thermostats- most generally thermostats are placed throughout the building. These components are used extremely often; chances are your maintenance staff will be notified
    of an inoperable thermostat. Nevertheless a periodic check of your thermostat and its function should be conducted according to your preventative maintenance checks and services list.

To get a quote on a new commercial HVAC system in St. Louis for your business, contact American Services today.

Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Checklist Part 1

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.

Tips for Maintaining Restaurant Equipment

Tips for Maintaining Restaurant Equipment

restaurant equipment service in MissouriAmerican Services restaurant equipment repair service in Cahokia knows that commercial restaurant equipment is expensive, and if not properly maintained can break down an affect your business. Developing a proper maintenance schedule, that is broken down to daily, weekly, and monthly preventative maintenance checks and services.

Proper restaurant maintenance will save you unwanted expenditures in utilities and replacement costs, not to mention expensive repair bills. Creating a maintenance calendar will help you track when services become due such as cleaning, changing filters, or lubrication requirements on mechanical equipment. Equipment that must be calibrated on a weekly or monthly basis should be included on your preventative maintenance checklist. Employees should be familiar with this maintenance matrix and it should be displayed prominently in your kitchen.

Ideally assigning each employee a maintenance task helps develop responsibility and ensures that all of the maintenance is getting done in a timely manner.

General restaurant equipment preventative maintenance tips include;

  • Refrigeration equipment-refrigerator coils generally get dirty because of trapped heat which makes your refrigerator work harder and uses more energy to operate. Be sure to schedule regularly weekly cleaning to prevent big problems down the line.
    Keep the exterior and interior of your refrigeration units wiped down free of grease and dirt.
  • Commercial broilers, stoves and ovens-schedule weekly or monthly the cleaning of grease pans and be sure to remove grids and traps cleaning them before replacement.
    Wipe down all stainless steel finish and remember to remove spilt food from burner parts.
  • Beverage dispenser maintenance-daily maintenance should be performed on levers, nozzles, outside casements and anything that the public can see.
  • Establishing Maintenance schedule-perform daily, weekly, and monthly preventative maintenance schedules that include cleaning as well as checking the functions of your dispenser to ensure proper operation of equipment, and also to reduce replacement/repair and utility costs.