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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 Long Will Your Commercial Heating System Last?

How Long Will Your Commercial Heating System Last?

Question Mark And ThinkerMany consumers want to know how long their heating system should last.  Yet, that question isn’t an easy on to answer and defiantly isn’t as cut and dry as you may assume.  In fact, there are a number of factors that will play into the longevity of your commercial cooling system and many variables you won’t be able to accurately account for.  Today, let’s talk about estimating the life span of your heating unit and the factors that will help you determine this ballpark figure.

The average lifespan a heating unit can vary from 8 all the way up to 20 years.  Obviously, the first factor that will give you a good range of life is the quality of the unit you purchase.  Units that are builder-grade and offer the least amount of efficiency can only be expected to last about 8 to 12 years.  Yet, there are premium units that offer much great efficiency and a life expectancy of anywhere from 15 to 20 years.  As you can see, the quality of the unit you are asking about plays a huge factor in how long you can expect it to last.

Next on the list of contributing lifespan factors is maintenance.  It isn’t uncommon to see a well-maintained, low quality unit last longer than it’s premium-quality, neglected counterpart.  Doing as little as having an annual fall check-up will not only add years to the life of your unit, but it will also make it work more efficiently -which save you money.  With that being said, annual maintenance is well worth the up-front expense.

Finally, the quality of the individual who installed the unit will make a huge difference.  When you choose a professional heating service technician near St. Peters you unit will function properly and last for years to come.  Contact the team at American Services today to gain access to the high quality service you deserve.

 

Winter or Spring – When’s the best time to do cooling system maintenance?

Winter or Spring – When’s the best time to do cooling system maintenance?

Question Mark And ThinkerWhen it comes to “shutting down” you cooling system for the winter months, most will agree that you can perform any needed maintenance as what ever time of the year best fits your needs.  As the months get colder and you no longer need your air conditioner, you may choose to have a professional come out and perform annual maintenance.  You can also wait and have this done as the cooling season begins in the late Spring.  Either way, it is important to remember that the most substantial factor is that the maintenance is being done before the unit is turned on again- no matter what time of year it is performed.

One task that you should consider doing once you are not longer using your air conditioner, is to invest in a cover for your outdoor unit.  Investing in a cover will allow you the chance to keep any unwanted debris like leaves and insects from building up over the cold weather months.  This is something that will help in keeping your unit to function properly once it is put back into use.

The bottom line is that all air conditioning units need to be properly maintained at regular intervals during the year.  Timing your maintenance is something that needs to be discussed with your HVAC contractor in order to ensure proper functioning and a successful start to your heating and cooling seasons.

If your a commercial building owner looking for cooling maintenance services near South County, your best bet is to ask the American Services team for a free quote today!  At American Services, St. Louis are business owners and commercial building tenants find the complete service they need.  In fact, American Services can help with everything from HVAC to refrigeration and beverage machines.  Contact the American Services team for complete details today!

 

Cooling Equipment Service Contract Must Haves

Cooling Equipment Service Contract Must Haves

Must HaveWhen drafting a heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment service contract, there are some things that you will want to make sure it includes.  Adding these important elements will keep you protected in the best possible way and save you hundred, if not thousands in added costs.  Today, let’s take a look at what you need to include and why!

  • Make sure your contract covers a bi-annual system maintenance check. This will ensure your equipment is being inspected at the beginning of the heating and cooling seasons.  Services like this are often called a checkup or tuneup.
  • Make sure parts and labor are covered in the case that something is found to be broken during one of your check-up visits.  This will continue to save you money on any extras that might come up.
  • Make sure you consider including an “emergency” service piece.  This part of the contract will ensure you avoid extra costs when something comes up unexpectedly.  When adding this type of a service, commercial businesses that need to be up and running 24/7 benefit the most.

Remember that adding on these extras to your contract may increase the initial investment, but overall individuals who take part in these types of plans will save money.

American Services is the leading heating, refrigeration, and cooling service contract provider near Maryland Heights!  In fact, more and more commercial customers have come to rely on the American Services team.  Our professionally trained, expert technicians take great pride in your satisfaction and will do whatever it takes to make you 100% satisfied.  Don’t trust your HVAC or Refrigeration equipment to any other company!  Call American Services to talk about a personalized preventative maintenance contract today!

Save Money on HVAC Maintenance!

Save Money on HVAC Maintenance!

HVAC Repair and MaintenanceIn a helpful publication from buildings.com, a remarkable statement was made that puts the importance of routine maintenance on your HVAC system at the top of the list.  It was stated in their publication that:

If you have a piece of equipment that costs $10,000 to maintain and has a forecasted life of 10 years if properly maintained, you will spend only $20.000 from first cost to replacement cost at the 10 year mark, assuming it would cost $10,000 again to replace it at the end of its life-cycle.  However, if you did not properly maintain the unit and it failed at the 5-year mark, you would need to spend $10,000 to replace it after 5 years and then replace that same unit again in another 5 years if you continued to not perform maintenance.  Your total cost would be $30,000.

The moral of the story here is easy to arrive at….if you don’t do preventative maintenance on your HVAC system, then it will cost you money…and likely thousands of dollars in a very short amount of time.  In our previous article about HVAC system maintenance, we touched on this subject a little bit and we are reiterating the importance today.  It has been tough weather in St. Louis this winter and it is important to keep your machines running at their optimal levels so that you don’t get stuck with a costly repair bill.  Contact your St. Louis HVAC maintenance and repair experts at American Services today and we can come out and check out your system and quickly see what it needs to get up to speed and what it will take to keep it there.  Whether it is a repair that you need, or just a comprehensive maintenance plan for ongoing performance of your system, we will have the tools and the expertise that you need to make and informed decision about your HVAC system and to save you money!

Hotel Cooling Retrofits

Hotel Cooling Retrofits

American Services cooling installation in Saint Louis knows that ensuring environmental comfort present a unique situation for ensuring the cooling of hotels is efficient and can keep up with the demand of the guests, especially if you are located in a warm climate. Even more challenging, if your hotel has aged over the years, you may be battling a building envelope that that is nowhere near air tight which makes cooling of hotels extremely difficult.

Old municipal water supply systems may be loaded with rust and sediment and old HVAC systems are prone to the challenges facing cooling towers. Being open to the sky, water in the tower constantly collects dirt, pollen, tree remnants, insects, as well as the ambient heat. Over the years, evaporated water leaves behind scale which form a substrate for bacteria colonies. Maintaining these types of hotel cooling systems opens up even more problems.

New technologies allows for old system retrofits which replace traditional outdoor evaporation tanks with systems that directs water from the heat exchangers back into the building, where it is filtered and recirculated through the cooling loop. Continually recycling clean, cool water dramatically reduces the energy consumption, and water and chemical waste.

As with any retrofit, it is important to consult with a professional who holds a license or certification for such applications. Additionally, the company should be able to provide you with reference of previous work they have completed. Many companies will provide multiple solutions to your hotel cooling needs and often the most common solution is to perform basic system maintenance to ensure the system is running at peak efficiency.

To get a quote for your hotel cooling or heating system in Missouri, contact American Services today.

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.

 

Preventative Maintenance Heating Services

Preventative Maintenance Heating Services

industrial heating system maintenance in MOAmerican Services preventative maintenance heating service near Ladue knows that every heating system is different and often times business owners just want a simple customizable preventable heating maintenance plan.  Heating maintenance doesn’t have to be difficult, but the key is in developing an understanding for simple tasks to ensure your heating system remains safe and properly functioning.  Systems that do not operate at their full potential will lead to future problems and unwanted costs.

As a business operator or homeowner wanting to develop a customize a preventative maintenance plan to ensure your heating system is working properly, you will want to begin by inspecting, cleaning, or changing the air filters once a month.  A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment.  This is the easiest, most effective preventative maintenance task.

A typical heating service-maintenance check will include checking the thermostat settings and ensuring the heating system can maintain a comfortable temperature.  All electrical connections need to be tightened and motors need to have the voltage checked.  Moving parts will frequently require lubrication and all drains must be checked to ensure they are not plugged.  Lastly, the controls of the system must be checked to ensure safe and proper operation.  Many times these checks are typically completed by a professional but the simpler checks that don’t require equipment can be added to your plan.

Additional items to check are pipes, steam traps, couplings, and fittings that may develop a leak.  A simple visual check will also ensure that radiators, convectors, air intakes and air diffusers are not obstructed.  It is important to ask a service technician for additional suggestions, specific to your heating system, to add to your preventative maintenance plan.

Maintaining Indoor Air Quality for HVAC Systems

Maintaining Indoor Air Quality for HVAC Systems

HVAC industrial maintenance service in MOAmerican Services industrial HVAC preventative maintenance service in Saint Louis knows that one of the most important issues that cannot be ignored when scheduling the priority of HVAC maintenance is indoor air quality. The operating condition of HVAC components plays a critical role in producing indoor air quality. A well scheduled preventative maintenance system program will not only protect occupants from poor IAQ, but also protects the organization from law suits, adverse publicity and potential code violations — all of which can have an impact on the HVAC operating system.

The facility executive is responsible for allocating to budget managers how maintenance impacts IAQ. The budget funds earmarked for HVAC system maintenance are very small in comparison to the potential costs related to poor IAQ issues and their related fallout.

Inspect and identify areas where the facility is experiencing possible IAQ issues. Implement a maintenance plan for dealing with those issues, including both on the spot corrections and long-term preventive measures, and what that plan projection may cost. Facility managers can identify other similar organizations that have experienced similar IAQ issues and the impact that those issues have had on those organizations, including corrective costs, downtime, fines, and litigation.

Present documentation on the condition of HVAC components, its maintenance operating requirements, the budget allocated for those maintenance activities, and the consequences of not performing that maintenance. Without documented support, facility executives run the risk of being perceived as crying wolf, resulting in HVAC upgrades and installation requests being turned down.

The tone and theme of every funding request should be tied to cost avoidance and value. Avoid request based solely on opinion, dollars and cents will be the overall indicators.