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Trust American Services’ Attention to HVAC Services and Products

Trust American Services’ Attention to HVAC Services and Products

Air Conditioning RepairmanAcross the St. Louis market, more and more commercial business owners are choosing the abundance of services and products found at American Services. American Services is the only St. Louis City area commercial HVAC and refrigeration service provider you will ever need to call!  Our staff is top-notch and our services and product selection covers an abundance of needs.  Today, let’s take a detailed look at our HVAC lineup.

When considering American Services, remember that we are truly full-service.  This means we can serve you in a number of ways and look forward to providing a solution to your HVAC problems.  A quick look at our services menu would include: AC Maintenance; AC Repair; AC Replacement; Heating Replacement; Heating Maintenance; Heating Repair; Indoor Air Quality; Preventative Maintenance; Air Duct Free System; Gas Furnaces; Heat Pumps; and Zoning Products.  This wide-variety of services should cover anything you would need, but if you find yourself needing a more specialized plan, we would be happy to help!

Since you are considering an HVAC-related service, let us remind you of the importance of maintenance.  HVAC equipment can be costly and that is why we are committed to informing all of our customers regarding the importance of maintenance.   In fact, our maintenance specialists can customize a maintenance plan just for you!  This means you will have a plan that covers all of your HVAC and refrigeration-related equipment, with one company, and at one affordable price.  Having this type of personalized plan in place is the best way to make sure all of your equipment will last you for years to come.

To contact our team about any of our HVAC and refrigeration services, we encourage you to call right now!  You can reach us at 314.733.1776 where one of our friendly customer care specialists will assist you promptly.  Thank you for considering American Services and we look forward to assisting you soon!

Efficient Cooling Strategies For Your Small Business As Outlined By the EPA

Efficient Cooling Strategies For Your Small Business As Outlined By the EPA

Air conditioning repairThe team at American Services always has your best needs in mind.  This includes providing the tools needed to maintain a cost-effective system that saves you money with simple, everyday strategies.  Today, let’s take a look at a few energy saving tips as outlined by the EPA.

  • Don’t waste money by forgetting to turn off lights and equipment while not in use.  This will not only save you money on your overall energy bill, but will additionally keep rooms cooler by reducing the amount of heat being omitted by any lights or equipment that is being used.
  • Use “occupant sensors.”  Occupant sensors are designed to sense when someone is in a room and will automatically turn on the lights for them.  These sensors will also then turn the lights off once the room is no longer occupied.  This type of technology is inexpensive, easy-to-install, and will save you from accidentally keeping the lights on.
  • Ask the small business cooling experts at American Services about purchasing ENERGY STAR labeled HVARC equipment.  This equipment meets certain standards that will help you save money on usage.
  • Ask about units that have a “stand-by mode” or a “sleep mode.”  These two functions are designed to reduce the “vampire” effect of equipment that is always on, and thus, always draining power.
  • Make sure you are having regular HVAC “Tune-up” services performed.  This type of service is best maintained with an annual contract that outlines the proper upkeep of all of your HVACR-related equipment.  When thinking about what kind-of contract will work best for you, always look to the professionals.  These individuals will understand the needs of your equipment and will work with you on affordably creating the right contract for your individual needs.

Don’t waste any more of your hard-earned dollars on wasted energy costs.  Call the Jefferson County area commercial cooling team at American Services today!

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.

Refrigeration Safety Principals

Refrigeration Safety Principals

refrigeration installation in Jefferson CountyAmerican Services refrigeration repair service in MO,  as well as technicians  working  daily with refrigerant systems, know full well the potential hazards the refrigerants pose while installing, maintaining, and servicing the systems.  All of these operations, when  mishandled can lead to serious injury. Today’s classification system which includes toxicity rating, based on exposure of the individual during his working life without incurring ill effects.  Refrigerants in the A  class have no toxicity at concentrations at or below 400 ppm. The 1 represents flammability characteristics with the parameters being tested in there at 14.7, and 65, degrees Fahrenheit. Not all refrigerants in use today carry the safety classifications mentioned above.  This is a safety factor a technician should keep in mind when operating, with refrigerants outside the a 1 rating. Even below 20 degrees below 0, evaporation can happen, safety hazards, can still occur if abused, or handled roughly. Make sure all gaskets belonging to refrigerant hoses and other related equipment are maintained in good working order. If not split hoses can occur causing liquid refrigerant spray out, possibly resulting in severe frostbite. Technicians also need to use extreme caution with the schrader valve. Purchasing hoses with low lost fittings or adapters can reduce this hazard. Overall refrigerants are considered in the non toxic classification, however when operating in an enclosed area be careful not to inhale vapors or use a safety mask. Some symptoms of inhaling vapors include; dizziness, unconsciousness, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and even death which could occur if inhaled long enough. When refrigerants are exposed to heat and high temperatures, decomposed toxic and irritating byproducts are formed. Some of these toxic byproducts are hydrogen chloride hydrogen fluoride for c f c and h.  F c, and CFC, HCFC, HFC.

These vapors are acidic and extremely dangerous, all people should  evacuate the area and ventilate as soon as possible if vapors are released. Removal of any remaining refrigerant, prior to soldering or brazing will prevent this problem.

Another hazard is unsafe handling of cylinders.  Here are some safety handling features; never store cylinders above 130 degrees Fahrenheit, never use the torch on a refrigerant cylinder, never use a cylinder that is rusty or shows a bulge, relief valves should not be tampered with and recovery tanks tested every 5 years. Do not fill cylinders more than 80 percent capacity.

Following these safety steps will reduce injuries caused by refrigerant operation.