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A Little Appliance Advice

A Little Appliance Advice

adviceBack in the day, before writing on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment sales in St Louis MO near Florissant, we used to actually sell high end home appliances as well as everyday appliances to the general public.  Much of the kitchen and refrigeration appliances sold to the higher income homes were actually the same as the commercial grade kinds used in local restaurants.  For this reason, I can speak with some authority on the subject and would like to share my opinion, derived from 15 years in the business with you here.

First of all, understand that extended warranties can sometimes work for you, other times they work against you.  Depending on the product, mostly, you can determine the worth.  If you have a retailer of St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Florissant who is fair and want to promote good customer service, then you will be less likely to need an additional warranty.  However, some items, such as refrigeration with ice makers or ice makers themselves, are getting a lot of wear and tear and therefore can really reap the rewards of an additional coverage.  One additional thing as it pertains to coverage is that many extended warranty companies will not cover commercially used restaurant equipment at all, so you have to ask if this is something you want.

Another point to mention before you set out to buy your restaurant equipment is that many people forget to measure.  All appliances will be available in a variety of sizes and thought there are typically standard, or common dimensions, you will also need to double check your space.  Some restaurant equipment in St Louis can be special ordered in different dimensions, but they are still limited to an extent and you do not want to take delivery only to find out your new restaurant equipment near Florissant MO won’ t fit.

Dimensions and Space for Your Commercial Refrigeration

Dimensions and Space for Your Commercial Refrigeration

freezerWe began a very pertinent discussion in the last post here, on behalf of your refrigeration sales in St Louis near Webster Groves, regarding some of the important factors surrounding you choice in a commercial refrigeration unit for your St Louis MO business.  We already covered the first two points, but will briefly revisit them here.

You will want to research and know your commercial refrigeration brands before deciding upon one.  You will also want to research and make sure you are getting a proper and all-inclusive warranty for you commercial refrigeration unit or units.  Most of us will not be ready for an expensive repair on our commercial refrigeration, especially if it happens early on in the life of our machine or machines.

In addition to the brand and warranty advice, you will next want to guarantee that the commercial refrigeration near Webster Groves upon which you decide is going to fit properly in the space you have available.  Going right along with this piece of advice is making sure you have the size that you need to accommodate your St Louis Commercial Refrigeration storage needs.  “Refrigerators and freezers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. One of the most common ways to measure size is the number of doors; reach-ins are generally available in 1, 2, and 3 door configurations. To find the right unit for your kitchen, start with what you know: measure the space in your kitchen so you have the exterior dimensions nailed down. Don’t forget about the doorways; your fridge or freezer will need to fit through those, too.”  Once you know what will fit on the outside, you can begin looking at how much interior space is available for that much exterior room and at that point you can either get the biggest refrigerator that your space will allow, or you can be more practical and only buy what you expect to need in your commercial kitchen.

Level That Refrigerator!

Level That Refrigerator!

refrigeration installIn our previous post covering some of the ins and outs of commercial refrigeration at your local American Services near Fenton, we talked about the unfortunate event of bad leveling and the consequences that surround it.  Basically, if the evaporator on your commercial refrigerator freezes because of a poor installation job, then you will be out the money to repair it since a warranty won’t cover such an occurrence.  “The bad news is this poor leveling issue may not be covered by the warranty and you may be out a day’s worth of profit as you wait for new food. The good news is, the situation is completely – and easily – avoidable with the twist of a wrench at install.”

So, make sure you employ professionals to handle the installation job.  That would be our advice on behalf of your Commercial Refrigeration Installation near Fenton MO.  The thing is, and something many people don’t understand, is that the chance of your commercial refrigeration unit being level right off the bat are slim to none.  Consider the following information, if you will, taken from a professional installation company online, “With variations in the manufacturing process, bumps on the delivery truck’s route, and variations in the floor of your kitchen, there’s a chance your commercial cooler won’t be exactly level at first. Unfortunately, whether someone in-house installs the unit or a contractor does that work, there’s no guarantee they’ll realize that might be an issue or know how to fix it if it is.”

“The easiest and best way to avoid having a catawampus commercial refrigerator or freezer is to hire a certified service company to handle all the refrigeration leveling work.”  Anyone who is qualified to install commercial refrigeration, such as those we write for at American Services Refrigeration Service, will know just what to do to properly install a unit, including the necessary steps to level the refrigerator as well.

Commercial Refrigeration Selection Process

Commercial Refrigeration Selection Process

commercial refrigeratorHere at your American Services Refrigeration in Bridgeton near Fenton, we want to take some time to provide you with a bit of info on how to choose your next commercial refrigerator for your St Louis business.  Start by choosing a brand, understanding that brand quality and reputation does make somewhat of a difference.  There are so many brands out there, why not pick one you feel you can trust?  You may want a manufacturer that focuses on making the very best in commercial refrigeration, despite the cost.  Or you may want to look at those who focus on making the best they can at the best possible price…more of an added value brand.

You will want to thoroughly look into the warranty being offered to you on that next new commercial refrigeration unit you are considering for purchase.  Let’s just face it, sooner or later all appliances in your commercial or home kitchen will all need repair.  It is pretty much inevitable.  And, when they do need service, be sure to check with American Services of Bridgeton near Fenton MO and also look to see if you are still under manufacturer’s warranty.  Before you buy, look to see what they offer you as a warranty to begin with.  Here is what we found with a bit of research online, “The commercial refrigeration segment has some of the most extensive warranties available in the restaurant equipment industry, with some brands offering up to 3 years parts and labor coverage. Oftentimes, these warranties are complemented by a large service network of certified technicians that helps get your unit back up and running quickly should any mishaps occur. Knowing what each brand offers for warranty and service will help you choose the reach-in that’s right for you.”

Stay tuned to the next post where we write on behalf of your commercial refrigeration experts at American Services in Bridgeton MO all about the size selection and other things to consider before buying your next commercial refrigerator.

 

Commercial Cooling Repair Costs – Are You Paying TOO Mach?

Commercial Cooling Repair Costs – Are You Paying TOO Mach?

Conceptual Check For Too MuchFinding out that you are paying too much for a service like commercial cooling repair is a disappointing situation.  Not only do you find out that you trusted the wrong person for the job, but you additionally loose money that could have been used for an upgrade to your system or other expense.  Today, the team at American Services will help you determine if you are paying too much for your commercial cooling repairs near Fairview Heights.

Before beginning the process of hiring the right commercial cooling contractor there are a few important questions you should consider.

  • What type of repair will you be hiring for?
  • How long will the repair last?
  • What type of warranty comes with the repair and how long are you protected?
  • Have I shopped around for the best price and quality available in the market?
  • What qualities have I liked or not liked with my current or past HVAC contractors?

Once you have answered these questions and have made your decision concerning the contractor you will use for your repairs, you will need to re-visit these points on a regular basis.  This will allow you to continue to make the most informed decision about who to hire in the future.  Before hiring your “regular” contractor for another job, ask yourself these quick questions:

  • Have I been satisfied with the work that has been provided in the past?
  • Was the price fair in relation to the market?
  • Have past quotes been on target or have you been given a price quote only to find the price goes up as the repair is being completed?
  • Have any warranty claims been filed and if so, how easily have they been handled?
  • Was the work done right the first time and on time?
  • If there are problems, how accommodating is your contractor when fixing them?

As you can see, hiring the right contractor at the right price is a continued task that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  As you consider the cost associated with your upcoming HVAC repairs, think about giving the reliable and affordable team at American Services a try!

 

Benefits To Purchasing New Restaurant Equipment Versus Used

Benefits To Purchasing New Restaurant Equipment Versus Used

New Old Toggle SwitchThere are a number of reasons why you may be considering used restaurant equipment for your establishment, but the most common is related to your bottom line.  Used equipment is obviously less expensive on the front end and can make sense at times.  Yet, there are also a number of reasons why spending some extra cash up front is a better idea.  Today, the American Services Team will help you by providing some benefit to purchasing new restaurant equipment as opposed to used equipment.  Let’s get started!

  • Benefit #1 – Buying new equipment always means that your purchase will be backed with a manufacturer’s warranty for a specific amount of time.  This warranty not only guarantees that the equipment works now, but also gives you time to use the equipment and have covered repairs paid for while still under the warranty terms.
  • Benefit #2 – Yes, you may be paying more for your new equipment up front, but you will also get more use out of new versus used.  Your new equipment purchase will also afford you access to certified techs within your area that understand how to maintain and repair the equipment.  This will also prolong the unit’s life.
  • Benefit #3 – Thanks to all the latest advanced technology, your new restaurant equipment will be more efficient and cost you less to operate.  It will also be free of any previous wear that could also make it run at a less efficient level.
  • Benefit #4 – If the patrons of your establishment can see into your kitchen, the visual appeal of new kitchen equipment may be of concern.  When purchasing new you will have the chance to make sure the equipment you get not only gets the job done, but also looks good while doing it.

Find out more about new restaurant equipment for sale near St. Peters by calling the customer care experts at Americans Services for a free estimate today!

Commercial HVAC Service Contract Q&A

Commercial HVAC Service Contract Q&A

Q and A Deciding if a commercial HVAC service contract is right for your business can be tricky.  You’ll need to look at the average amount you spend on repairs over the course of a year, figure out if the terms of the contract will meet your needs, and then decide if investing in the contract will save you money and down time in the end. That’s why American Services has a team of experts devoted just to the area of customized preventative maintenance and service contracts.  These individuals can take you through the process of projecting your yearly service costs, designing your contract to meet your needs, and making it an affordable option that can be paid for over the course of the year.  Even though all of that sounds great, many of our clients have additional questions.  Today, let’s take a look at just a few of these questions and offer some answers.

Is is true that having a customized preventative maintenance and service contract can reduce interruption in my business?

Yes.  The down time you experience due to an emergency call-out can add up, but with a service contract many of those emergency calls will be avoided.

Can having a customized preventative maintenance and service contract really save me money?

Yes.  Our contracts are designed to keep your equipment in the best shape possible.  This reduces your cost of emergency repairs and prolongs the life of your equipment.  Our contracts also hep business owners budget the maintenance they will needs across an entire year making a service contract easy to afford.

Do your  customized preventative maintenance and service contracts comply with my manufacturer’s warranty.

Yes.  In fact, our team will review the necessary terms within your warranty to ensure our team is properly maintaining your equipment according to the appropriate specs.

Contact the American Services team to get your HVAC service contract near Ladue in place today!  Our team is waiting to serve you and can’t wait to help you save valuable time and money!

The Benefits Of Restaurant Equipment Maintenance

The Benefits Of Restaurant Equipment Maintenance

BenefitsMany restaurant owners avoid maintenance their expensive equipment because they feel like it is a waste of time and/or money.  This is a huge misconception and can actually end up costing you more than you may realize.  You see, proper regularly scheduled maintenance is something that all restaurant equipment requires. From simple tasks you can do on your own, to larger jobs that require a professional, these preventative maintenance steps provide an abundance of benefits.  Today, the team at American Services will go over three of the major benefits associated with proper preventative maintenance.

  •  Life of Product – The life span of your expensive equipment is partially dependent upon your ability to properly maintain the unit.  These little checks keep things in proper working order and prevent larger problems from occurring.  In fact, the only way to get a full life span from any of your restaurant equipment is by committing to a regular maintenance schedule.
  • Warranty – Your equipment most likely came with a nice manufacturer warranty that is designed to protect you against certain defects for a given amount of time.  In that warranty contract, you will find that the manufacturer is only going to cover any issues you may have if you are properly maintaining your equipment and keeping record of the maintenance jobs being performed.  Don’t make the mistake of voiding your new equipment warranty.  Invest in a good maintenance schedule now.
  • Reliability – As with most restaurant owners, your business relies on the many pieces of equipment your employees use to serve your customers on a daily basis.  If any number of your units went out you would have an interruption in service and loss of business.  The best way to avoid these emergency break-down situations is to catch any problems during routine maintenance checks.  These checks will make your equipment more reliable and provide you with peace of mind.

If you need help with your restaurant equipment maintenance near Fenton contact the American Service team for a free customized preventative maintenance estimate now!

Basic Refrigeration Maintenance Check List Items

Basic Refrigeration Maintenance Check List Items

Silver FridgeIf you own a commercial refrigeration unit, do you understand what needs to be checked-off your regular maintenance list for optimal performance?  If not, the team at American Services wants to introduce you to those items.  This will not only ensure you have a competent technician working for you, but it will also make your equipment last longer and preserve your manufacturer warranty.  Let’s take a quick look at what you need to be having checked.

Basic Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Check List

  • Pressure Cleaning – Your maintenance technician should be pressure cleaning all of your unit’s air cooled condenser coils and drains.
  • You tech should be not only doing a temperature check, but also checking for the accuracy of your unit’s thermometer.
  • Cycling Check
  • Refrigerant – Your maintenance technician should be checking that your refrigerant levels are within recommended specifications.
  • Door gaskets, seals, hinges, automatic door closers – All should be inspected to ensure proper function and for suitable wear.
  • Insulation Inspection
  • Unit Wiring Check
  • Compressor Inspection

Once all of these areas have been looked over by your refrigeration maintenance technician, you should be provided with a detailed report covering all parts of the inspection process.  This report should provide you with the make, model, serial number, and temperature of each unit checked.  It should also include a detailed list of any repairs that need to be made or other areas of concern.

Your technician can also show you how to perform a few checks in between your scheduled maintenance checks to help preserve the life of your equipment.  These items may include checking door gaskets for any wear that may prevent them from sealing properly.  You will also want to make sure to regularly clean these gaskets with warm, soapy water.  You can also check your drain lines for any blockages and your condenser coils.

Get preventative commercial refrigeration maintenance near Overland by calling American Services today!

 

Walk-In Refrigeration Energy Cost Reduction Tips

Walk-In Refrigeration Energy Cost Reduction Tips

Refrigeration Unit DoorWalk-in style refrigeration units, or walk-in coolers, are a huge part of the everyday operation surrounding all restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, and many other commercial establishments.  These units also account for a large portion of the energy your business consumes on a daily basis.  For this reason, it is important to regularly check to make sure your unit or units are not causing your energy costs to go up.  Neglecting this area will no doubt cost you money on your monthly energy bills and maybe in repair costs down the road.  Today, let’s take a look at a few tips to help you keep your energy usage under control.

Maintenance – Maintaining all of your expensive equipment is vital in the overall well-being of the units in questions.  To many, the up-front cost of maintenance may be overwhelming – so they just skip it all together.  This not only causes your equipment to wear out faster, but it can also void your manufacturer warranty.  Not maintaining your equipment will also cause it to run in a way that it is at it’s least efficient, causing a spike in energy usage.  The bottom line is, investing in maintenance is a must!

Upgrade – Did you purchase your unit a while back?  If so, it many not meet new energy standards designed to save you money on your monthly bills.  Why not get a free upgrade estimate from the team at American Services.  We can show you how much a new unit will save you over it’s lifetime and also introduce you to newer, time saving features you will love.

If you are a commercial refrigeration user near Florissant, it’s time to give the experts at American Services a call!  We can help you with all of your refrigeration needs and also provide a source for the area’s premier HVAC, cooking equipment, beverage system, and water filtration products.  We are your St. Louis area one stop shop!