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Fall Industrial HVAC Maintenance Tips

Is your commercial heating system ready for winter?

Here at , we’ve been providing trusted industrial HVAC maintenance and HVAC repair services to businesses throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware since 1986. We know what it takes to keep your industrial HVAC system running reliably throughout the year, and today we’re sharing our top HVAC tips with you to help you prepare for the cooler months ahead:

Check Your Filters

If we had to choose the single most important thing your maintenance team can do to help keep your industrial HVAC system running well, it would be to clean or replace your filter if you have a system that uses filters. The filter on your HVAC system needs to be clean in order to function properly, otherwise, airflow to your system is restricted, leading to reduced energy efficiency and even poor air quality throughout your facility. In fact, it’s a good idea to have your filter checked monthly as part of your regular HVAC maintenance routine.

Perform A ‘Sound Check’

Turn off all other sources of sound in your facility (or as many systems as is feasible) and power up your HVAC system. Listen for any unusual noises such as squealing belts, rattling, or banging, and make note of any odd odors – these could all be warning signs that you need to call an HVAC repair specialist.

Look For Rust and Air Leaks

If you spot any rusting on your HVAC unit or vent pipes, this could be a sign that your HVAC system isn’t working properly. Rust leads to holes in your ductwork which will cause your system to work harder, leading to higher energy consumption and poor overall performance.

Clear Away Any Leaves & Debris

Keep leaves, grass clippings, and other debris cleared well away from your outdoor heat pump, as these materials can block the airflow that’s needed to keep your HVAC system running at optimal efficiency and even be a fire hazard if the materials are combustible. Also, check the areas around your heat exchangers and vents – these spaces need to be clean and free of obstruction as well.

Schedule A HVAC Maintenance Appointment

For peace of mind this winter, book an appointment with one of our licensed and insured HVAC repair specialists today. We’ll inspect your system, change your filters, and identify issues that could leave you spending more money than you should be to keep your facility comfortable this winter. Remember, regular HVAC maintenance by a licensed HVAC repair specialist is usually required in order to ensure that the warranty on your industrial HVAC system remains valid.

Contact Us Today

For more HVAC tips and information about how you can ensure your industrial HVAC system delivers optimal performance this winter contact our licensed and insured HVAC repair experts at R&D Heating and Cooling today.

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Don’t Let The Temperature Rise Stress You Out

When the hottest months of the year roll around, you want the kind of peace of mind that comes with knowing your home cooling system is up to the task of keeping your home comfortable throughout the summer. Most people shudder at the thought of having to sweat while they wait for HVAC repair services when their AC goes down, right in the middle of a 90-plus degree day. What many people don’t know is that certain practices can prevent issues with your HVAC system. Here is a set of HVAC tips that can all but guarantee that your heating and cooling system works all year ’round, including the important summer months.

Tip #1: Schedule an Inspection

Before the summer starts, it’s a good idea to have a preventative inspection of your HVAC system carried out by professionals. They can look over your HVAC system, air filters, ductwork, and more, including advising you on the difference in cost between your current system and a more energy-efficient model. An older HVAC system can use much more energy, so it may make sense to replace your system to save your summer energy bills.

Tip #2: DIY Maintenance Goes a Long Way

While you should certainly call a professional for any major complications with your HVAC system, there a few things you can do on your own to extend its lifespan. DIY HVAC maintenance includes: • Making sure the air filters are changed out every month to ensure that dirty filters aren’t making your system work harder than it needs to • Make sure the outdoor unit is clear of debris like leaves and other organic material. If the unit is in the sun, this can also affect its ability to cool, so it may be worth it to put up an awning over it.

Tip #3: Take Some Stress off of Your HVAC

The best way to avoid HVAC repair is to use your AC sparingly in the summer, only for the hottest days and nights. Once you get comfortable running your cooling system around the clock, it can be difficult to get readjusted to not living with AC. Meanwhile, your HVAC is working much harder than it needs to, potentially taking years off of its life. Using fans, opening windows at night, and closing the curtains or blinds when a window is directly in the sun can take some of the stress of your AC, making a large difference in the amount of time it’s running. When to Call an HVAC Company for Service When your HVAC system is around 10 years old, you’ll start to worry about how much time it has left. Preventative HVAC maintenance can bring you much-needed peace of mind, but what about when your AC system stops working completely? First, you’ll need to make sure it’s your HVAC system and not the thermostat.

When It’s Time To Call The Professionals

Once you’ve confirmed that the problem isn’t the thermostat, then it’s time to call an HVAC company to diagnose the issue and carry out HVAC repairs. RDVAH Has HVAC Systems to Meet Your Needs For any home set-up and budget, RDHVAC has an HVAC system for you. From standard AC units to central air and ductless HVAC systems, you’ll find the service and the equipment that meets your needs right here with RDVAC. We offer 0% financing available for up to 60 months on every AC unit we sell, ensuring that summer comfort is within your price range. To learn more, contact us today!

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Your water heater is conceivably one of the most underrated major appliances in your home. You likely don’t stop to consider how much of your daily routine depends on your water heater running properly. Taking a hot shower, a warm bath, running your dishwasher and washing clothing and bedding are just a few examples of the home comforts that require hot water. Proper maintenance is important in maintaining the life of your water heater by reducing the development of leaks and damage to your tank and dodging the undesirable call for emergency repair citing no hot water in the home. Here are a few common indicators that there may be an issue with your water heater:

Not Enough Hot Water Available

If you’re getting zero, or very little, hot water out of your tap, the problem could be the pilot light on your water heater unit. If you’re not confident how to investigate the pilot light, call in the experts to manage the problem.

Rusty Water

If the water from your water heater appears discolored, there is a strong chance that your water heater is rusting on the inside, which could result in a leak and contaminated water.

A Noticeable Leak

The most prevalent cause of failure of residential water heaters is a leak from the tank. If you see water around your tank, you presumably have a leak. And if your water heater sits in your attic or above the first floor, the risk for catastrophic damage climbs. If you notice your water heater is leaking, call the experts immediately. Even a minor leak can expand fast and cause pricey damage to your home.

Noises Coming From the Water Heater

Knocking or booming sounds coming from your water heater can be a indication that residue has built up on the foundation of the system. This means that your water heating system will be less efficient and will need more gas or electricity to heat your water, resulting in higher heating bills. In addition, the extra effort necessary to heat your water could cause more damage to your system, leading to cracks and leaks.

Water is Too Hot or Too Cold

If your running water is either too hot or too cold, there is a strong chance that you have the incorrect size water heater to accommodate your living space and the number of people using hot water in your home. If a gas water heater is undersized, the system will break down in a shorter period of time.

Age of Your Water Heater

The average lifespan of residential water heaters that have had proper maintenance is between ten and fifteen years. Even if there are no visible signs of an issue, a water heater that is ten years or older is at greater risk of producing a leak resulting in water damage to your home. Maturing water heaters are nothing to brush aside. If you are unsure of the age of your water heater, check the identification sticker on the unit, where the manufactured date should be listed with the serial number.

The Service Experts Plumbing Team can help by fixing leaks, installing low-flow fixtures and consulting with you on possible energy-efficient upgrades. And if you find it isn’t cost-effective to have a repair done, Service Experts can recommend a new water heater that will meet your household demands and work within your budget. Options include ENERGY STAR®-rated traditional tank water heaters or energy-efficient tankless water heater units. No matter the type of system you have, if you’ve neglected your water heater, call the experts at 866-397-3787 or request an appointment online.

RDHVAC Experts

Whether it’s traditional tank systems or newer tankless models, R&D HVAC offers top models in both hot water heating systems, as well as budget solutions for any client need. We offer preventative maintenance plans that provide your hot water heater system with year-round maintenance service to ensure it is always working at maximum efficiency. When it comes to hot water heaters, all of the systems that we work with at R&D HVAC are supported, and Unless the damage cannot be undone, we can fix anything. We offer clients full-scale service, including system and individual parts replacements for hot water heaters.