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Why Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

Why Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

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Is there anything more frustrating?  You kick on the furnace, all ready to warm up and all you get is cold air from the ducts!  What do you do now?  Well first, don’t panic.  Second, run down our list of the most common reasons why your furnace is blowing cold air!

Ask yourself these three questions first thing when you notice that your furnace is blowing cold air:

  • Question #1 – Is the thermostat set to the ON or AUTO position?  The ON position means that your system is blowing neutral air throughout your system continuously and not the air is being warmed.  For this reason, your thermostat needs to be set to AUTO in order to kick the furnace on and blow out the warm air you are looking for.
  • Question #2 – Has the air filter been changed properly?  An air filter that had not been changed properly will cause your furnace to overheat since air cannot properly pass through it.  When your furnace overheats, your burners will shut down due to safety controls.  This will in turn cause your furnace to blow unheated air.
  • Question #3 – Is the pilot light on?  This seems like a simple fix – relight the pilot light and you’re back in business.  But before you think you are out of the woods, make sure the pilot light stays lit.  It may have gone out because of a problem in the ignition system.  If you relight and it goes back out, you’ll need to call an expert out to take a look.

If you find that you have double checked these three areas of your system and you are still getting cold air it’s time to give the Wentzville area heating and cooling team at American Services a call.  One of our professional technicians can visit you 24/7 and get your problem solved fast.  Give our customer service line a call now to set-up an appointment!

How Americans Are Heating Their Homes

How Americans Are Heating Their Homes

question marksEver wonder how everyone else is heating their homes and businesses across the country? If so, the following information from Energy.gov will fill your curiosity. According to the  Buildings Energy Data Book 2011, Americans heat their homes in the following manner:

  • 49% of Americans use Natural Gas as a heating source.
  • 34 % of Americans use Electricity as a heating source.
  • 6% of Americans use Fuel Oil as a heating source.
  • 5% of Americans use Propane/LPG as a heating source.
  • 3% of Americans do not have or use any heating equipment.
  • 2% of Americans use Wood as a heating source.
  • 1% of Americans list “Other” as their heating source.

No matter which of these heating sources your family utilizes, it is important to take a look at your whole-house approach to heating and cooling.  This is especially true because heating and cooling bills average out to be 48% of your total spend on energy for the year.

While the weather is warm and your heating system is taking some time off, be sure to contact a professionally trained HVAC technicians to inspect and perform routine maintenance on your equipment.  This small step will not only ensure that your system is up and running when the weather gets cooler, but it will also add years of quality life to your investment.

At American Services, our commercial HVAC technicians can help you get all of your business systems up to date and ready for cooler temps too!  This is just as important as keeping your personal system in check and has benefits including less downtime, confidence in keeping your customers comfortable, and reduced monthly utility costs!

The team at American Services specializes in commercial heating and cooling services near Hazelwood, MO.  With a focus on complete customer care, American Services continues to serve the St. Louis area with professional technicians, quality workmanship, and affordable pricing.  If you have a commercial heating, cooling, or refrigeration related repair need, please feel free to give American Services a call for a FREE estimate today!

What Causes Cooling System Refrigerant Leaks?

What Causes Cooling System Refrigerant Leaks?

Checking Air Conditioner AmpsRefrigerant or Freon leaks associated with your commercial cooling system are a serious issue.  Re-filling the Freon is often expensive and doesn’t do anything to fix the actual problem.  Today, the American Services team presents a couple of the reasons why you might be experiencing a refrigerant leak.

Reason #1  Bad Installation – The first reason applies to those who have a newer unit and suspect a cooling issue.  One reason why your unit may be leaking refrigerant right out the gate is because the brazing on the system’s joints is incomplete.  The only way to get this issue under control is by calling a professional technician to assess and then repair the issues.  This type of problem can be avoided by hiring a professional contractor and not basing your choice off of the lowest priced bid.  You will pay more for quality, but you will also avoid unnecessary issues in the future.

Reason #2 Defect from the factory – While this one isn’t super common, factory defects area a possibility.  If you suspect this is true for the unit you own, contact your contractor and the manufacturer immediately.

Reason #3 Formic Acid – This acid is a powerful substance that can be found below ground.  It affects your cooling system when it begins to etch the cooper coil in your unit and will eventually cause cracks to form in your copper.  Leaks caused by formic acid will begin slow and get more intense over time requiring more and more Freon be added to the unit.

Reason #4 Accidental Puncture – It may not seem possible, but with the number of other lines running throughout your business, you may be experiencing an accidental puncture.

If you feel like your commercial cooling system near Kirkwood is leaking Freon, simply give the American Services team a call!  Our professional HVAC technicians will come out, assess the situation, and get you back on track in no time.  Here’s to a cool summer!

Duct Noise – When Should You Worry?

Duct Noise – When Should You Worry?

Woman closes her earsIt’s winter and your duct work may be experiencing a little expansion due the sudden bursts of warm air being used to heat your space.  But what if that very normal function begins making a lot of unsettling noise?  Well, not to worry!  Most duct noise is very normal and harmless.  As mentioned before, your duct work is just expanding and making way for the air that is being used to keep you comfortable in the cold weather.  But it there ever a time to worry?  Let’s find out.

So, when should duct noise be of concern?  Duct noise is only of concern when the noise is actually come from your furnace and not your duct work at all.  Gas furnace owners know that there are burner elements as a part of their system.  As time passes, these burners can become dirty, clogged, and/or corroded.  When this happens, interference happens in the ignition process. The noise you hear from this issue will occur just after your furnace kicks on due tot the ignition sparks lighting the extra gas that has filled the chamber during missed ignition.  When you notice this type of issue, it’s time to call a professional HVAC service technician as this can turn into a very dangerous issue.

As you can see, duct noise itself is not of concern.  Yet, if the noise you hear is actually coming from your furnace, service is needed.   If you are in need of heating or cooling service near Wentzville, contact the team at American Services today!  Our professional technicians are ready to take care of your entire list of commercial HVAC, refrigeration, cooking equipment, water filtration, industrial equipment, and beverage systems needs in one short visit.  We can even give you a free estimate on upgrading your existing equipment with new, energy efficient models!  Why not give us a call today?

Restaurant Sales Are Up – Is It Time To Update Your Cooking Equipment?

Restaurant Sales Are Up – Is It Time To Update Your Cooking Equipment?

chef in kitchenThanks to dropping gas prices and rising employment rates, the restaurant industry experienced it’s best month in eight years during December 2014.  Gains were seen in both the casual-dining chains, which reported an increase of 4.4 percent, as well as in the quick-service arena which saw gains of 4.6 percent.  This is especially good news since sales in December 2013 were flat.  Since then, the industry has seen steady monthly gains and expects that trend to continue across 2015. All of this data is based-upon MillerPulse results and represents averages from operator surveys in all areas of the nation and in all segments of the food service industry.  You can get full details by visiting the Nation’s Restaurant News website at http://nrn.com/millerpulse/report-december-restaurant-sales-reach-8-year-high.

Did your St. Louis area restaurant experience the same sales growth as what’s being reported by the NRN?  If so, maybe it’s time to consider upgrading or replacing some of your outdated equipment.  The team at American Services can help you with every aspect of your Jefferson County area restaurant equipment installation!  Our team is filled with the professional technicians you have been looking for.  We understand your needs, can address any current repair issues, and give you a free estimate for the services you need or want.  Plus, our attention to providing a well-rounded  list of services means we can also take care of any HVAC, refrigeration, ice machine, beverage system, or filtration issues you may be concerned with.

Why not contact our team to get your free estimate now?  This free estimate will allow you the chance to make an informed decision about how you want to re-invest in your business for the new year.  Don’t wait until it’s too late!  Broken or malfunctioning equipment will cost you valuable time and money.  Let the American Services team help you get started right in 2015!

 

Your Commercial Heating Needs Are Met With American Services!

Your Commercial Heating Needs Are Met With American Services!

Technician Servicing Heating BoilerReliable, honest, commercial heating experts are hard to come by.  That’s why it’s important to find the right heating service company to take care of all your repairs, maintenance, and service-related needs.  American Services offers trained, licensed, professional technicians that have the qualities you are looking for.  We are always here with fast 21/7 service to the entire St. Louis area.  In fact, we like to say no job is too big or too small for our team of HVAC experts.

When you make the choice to contact us for your heating needs, you will be pleased by our prompt service and complete list of services.  Did you know that we can take care of a number of your needs all in one trip?  That’s right!  Not only can we get your heating system up and running smoothly, but we can also take care of many other areas you may need service in.  These areas of service, repair, and maintenance include: air conditioning; ventilation; cooking equipment gas repairs, electric repairs, and sales; commercial refrigeration; industrial refrigeration; process refrigeration; display cases; laboratory refrigeration; supermarket refrigeration; walk-in freezers and coolers; ice machines; water filtration systems; industrial equipment for food processing, manufacturing, and plastic molding; soda systems; coffee equipment; cappuccino machines; tea makers; and frozen concentrated beverage machines.  As you can see, our team can get your business back in business with one simple call!

Why not give our team a call right now!  You can reach us by dialing 855-733-1776 or via the Contact Us form provided at www.americanservicesstlouis.com.  We are here to serve you in the most complete way possible and to ensure your complete satisfaction.  It will be a pleasure to take care of your entire list of Florissant Area commercial heating needs.

HEATING and COOLING Tips for Your Small Office Space

HEATING and COOLING Tips for Your Small Office Space

heating and cooling efficiency in MOAmerican Services heating preventative maintenance near Collinsville, knows that there are many new innovative energy saving cooling and heating technologies available today.  If you are looking for ways to save money for your small business, consider revamping your current system.

One example of a new energy saving advanced system is one that combines water heating, and room conditioning functions in one appliance with a geothermal pump using the earth as a heat absorber which saves an astounding sixty five percent of energy costs for small office spaces.

Heating and Cooling Savings Tips

  • Be sure to replace all furnace and air conditioning filters at least once a month or according to manufacturer’s recommendations to keep heating and cooling systems running as efficiently as possible
  • Keep all warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators clean as needed and ensure that registers are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or window coverings
  • Install upgrades for energy saving systems Your local professional technician at American Services can give you information on energy efficient models
  • Check to make sure insulation is properly installed with recommended thickness and type of insulation
  • Explore the possibility of air sealing
  • Get rid of trapped air from hot-water radiators at least one time every season; if unsure about how to perform this maintenance be sure to call us at American Services and we will send out a professional technician to assist you with this task
  • Position heat-resistant radiator reflectors between outside walls and any  radiators in the office space
  • Be sure employees turn off all bath exhaust fans within a short period after  bathroom use
  • Keep drapes open during winter months to allow sun to assist with heating the space, and closed during summer months to reduce heat entering the building when cooling systems are on
  • Keep an eye on thermostat settings and implement the type of programmable setting to lower heat and cool settings at night when no one is in the office

If you allow American Services to help you implement some of these energy saving measures in your commercial space you could save between 20% up to an astounding 50% on your energy expense while helping to reduce environmental emissions-which is great PR for your business.

Commercial Cooling News

Commercial Cooling News

cooling products in MissouriAmerican Services cooling products and services near Fenton is pleased to announce that the latest air conditioning news.

The yearly cooling showcase news has been released recently introducing this years’ latest in air conditioning cooling units available.  The yearly news issue will assist our professional technicians in staying updated on the latest in cooling products and brands available.

“Like last year, this year’s Cooling Showcase is split into two parts — commercial and residential. In this issue, we will focus on the commercial side of the air conditioning industry, while our April 9 issue highlighted new offerings in the residential cooling market. Included in the coverage is feature-specific information about each individual product as submitted by the manufacturers,” said achrnews.com.

The commercial Showcase product grid offers technicians many new facts about products such as; different types for refrigerants, efficiency ratings and cooling capacity of several brands, and more.  The manufacturer provides all of the information on cooling products including the product grid.

Some new product information includes; new direct drive fans require no belt maintenance in new products and unit controls and compressors are isolated in a compartment that is separated from the airstream for easier servicing. Other new products include; hinged doors with zinc cast lockable handles which make service access much easier to reach the coils, fans and filters in the unit.

There are some new products for noise reduction as well including; rubber isolation mounts on supply fans which function well to lower vibrations, direct-drive fans wipe out belt noise, and compressors which are compartmentalized prevent sounds from getting into the airstream-just to name a few.

Standard 1 year warranty is available on components as well as workmanship, and a fifteen year warranty is offered on the compressor.

Industries Served for Commercial Cooling and Heating Services

Industries Served for Commercial Cooling and Heating Services

cooling repair and maintenance in MOAmerican Services cooling and heating installation in Missouri is pleased to announce our list of industries served and services that we offer our commercial business owners.

For the past twenty five years, American Services has been providing refrigeration, cooling, and heating commercial installation, maintenance, and repair services in the Saint Louis geographic area. Our professional, highly trained technicians provide services to many different industries, including; chain restaurants across the country, grocery and convenience stores, food service companies, cold storage facilities, grocery stores, truck stops, supermarkets, restaurants, retirement homes,  schools, office spaces,  apartment complexes, and even large industries such as hotels and industrial buildings.

American Services has answered literally thousands of service calls with highly knowledgeable and skilled technicians who provide the highest level of experience and skill to any and every service or maintenance problem your business could possibly have. We pride ourselves on doing our work right the first time around and even back it with a guarantee.

For any of your heating, HVAC, or cooling needs such as; Portable Chillers and Drop-ins, Pumping Systems & Reservoirs, Evaporative & Fluid Coolers, Central Chillers, Heat Exchanger Skids and Temperature Control Units.

American Services even provides twenty four hour trouble shooting for emergencies to cover your HVAC, heating, refrigeration, restaurant equipment, or cooling needs. We can effectively repair any sized commercial equipment and any type of cooling application.

So if you are in need of a proven HVAC, cooling, heating, refrigeration, or restaurant equipment needs in Missouri or Illinois, be sure to contact us today at American Services and schedule an appointment, or feel free to contact our twenty four hour emergency call center and we will be happy to send out one of our highly trained professional technicians to serve you.

Maintaining Your Cooling Systems

Maintaining Your Cooling Systems

industrial cooling in MOWith record heat hitting across the nation each summer, there has never been a better time to improve your cooling system for maximum efficiency by performing commercial cooling preventative maintenance in MO.

Commercial air conditioning cooling systems require regular maintenance to keep them running in top condition and to save money on cooling expense for commercial spaces.  There are vital components that need to be checked such as air filters and more in order to keep your cooling system putting out maximum cool air.  One area of expertise that our professional technicians can perform is to summarize your unit to ensure it’s working properly.

In order to prevent major breakdowns of your commercial cooling systems, it’s important to continue doing regular maintenance all year long, NOT just in the summer months.  This will keep your indoor climate control system operating consistently even with record breaking ambient temperatures and high humidity. It’s important to keep a professional cooling expert, such as those at American Services, available every day of the week, and have a twenty four hour emergency contact in case of break downs.  Our technicians are highly trained and ready to assist you with any of your cooling maintenance or repair needs, every month of the year.

Regular maintenance, and particularly  a preventative maintenance plan needs to be implemented as soon as possible if you want to keep your cooling system running at an optimal level of functioning all summer long.  Our certified technicians will also be sure to check your Freon levels and make sure you do not have any leaks. This will also extend the life of your system and save money in the long run.  Fewer breakdowns also leads to less unplanned expenses out of your business budget.   Experience   fewer breakdowns and certified techs will also make sure that the air has enough Freon in the air conditioner.