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3 Ways to Lose Your HVAC Warranty

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in AC Service, Air Conditioning, HVAC, News | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Lose Your HVAC Warranty

3 Ways to Lose Your HVAC Warranty

Hvac WarrantyWe rely on warranties to save us on hefty costs when things go wrong. Your HVAC system is no different. As a major cost, most HVAC systems come with a warranty for parts, repairs, faulty equipment, and others. Your HVAC warranty will vary depending on your manufacturer and the installing contractor. It behooves every owner to ensure that they are in compliance with their warranty requirements at all times in case any issues arise with their system. Modern Air & Refrigeration will outline today the top three pitfalls of an HVAC warranty.

Failure to Register HVAC Warranty

The last thing in your mind after finally getting that new AC is the paperwork required to register your unit. To this day a significant amount of buyers assume a warranty starts automatically with their purchase. This is not true. Most warranties, especially manufacturers, require you to register your unit within their system. In days past this included filling out a form in your HVAC system’s guide and mailing it to the appropriate address. These days registering your HVAC warranty is as simple as logging in online to your unit’s manufacturer and filling out an instant form. Take the time to do this and save yourself a huge amount of heartache in the future.

Maintenance Disqualification

It is now a commonly required component of any HVAC warranty that at a minimum yearly maintenance must be perform on your system. This is due diligence on the provider to ensure any issues you may have are not caused by lack of monitoring on your end. The key component of this requirement is that it much be documented and proved were it so requested by the warranty provider. Much like your car’s oil change record, it pays to keep your maintenance records, not only for your own paperwork but in case you may need it to call in your warranty.

Unlicensed Help

This last snare of an HVAC warranty is more known the previous two. However, sometimes to save a buck or two or even due to budgetary limits many a system owner engage the services of unlicensed contractors. The list of unlicensed contractors includes the home or business owner themselves as they believe they can fix their own HVAC problem. The issue isn’t the ease of resolving the problem you may be experiencing; the issue is doing so improperly and causing bigger problems to your system. For this reason most HVAC warranties forbid the use of unlicensed contractors for maintenance.

Do you have more questions about your HVAC warranty? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 404-7557 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.

Walk-in Cooler Shopping Checklist

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in News, Walk-in Cooler | Comments Off on Walk-in Cooler Shopping Checklist

Walk-in Cooler Shopping Checklist

Walk-in Cooler ShoppingSo it’s time to invest in a walk-in cooler. How do you approach this undertaking with care to ensure you pick the right cooler for your needs? Modern Air and Refrigeration has corralled a list you must check in your walk-in cooler shopping checklist. A new cooler is a huge investment in your business and so requires care and attention to properly pick the right cooler for your needs. We will explore the various options that may inform your decision and remove some of the anxiety that may be associated with a new capital purchase such as this for your business.

Walk-in Cooler Shopping Temperature Needs

At its most basic level, a walk-in cooler is a large insulated box with a cooling system attached. A cooler is different from a freezer in the range of temperatures it reaches. Walk-in refrigerators generally keep and hold food at or just below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, the more intensive walk-in coolers or freezers can keep food frozen at or near 0 degrees Fahrenheit. There are variations on the market depending on the manufacturer you choose for your purchase. Your walk-in cooler shopping choice will depend on your needs as well as the infrastructure of the space you plan on putting your cooler in.

Energy Consumption Concerns

Your walk-in cooler shopping decision will most likely start with size. The biggest difference maker is the unit’s size depending on your cooling requirements. The next most important factor is energy consumption. This component will affect your electric bills for the entirety of your ownership of the unit. Assuming all other factors are the same the efficiency of your unit in terms of energy use will dramatically affect the initial cost. But these costs need to be evaluated with the savings over time from lower electric bills taken into account. Additionally, for the environmentally conscious shopper, energy efficiency is a keystone requirement.

Maintenance Costs

Among the various considerations to take into account on your walk-in cooler shopping adventure are maintenance costs. Next to energy consumption, this is the next variable cost that will change depending on your day to day operations. Maintenance costs in order of frequency range from cleaning the unit to sanitizing it to fixing any mechanical issues that may arise. This is another area where initial outlay in terms of cost will save you money in the long run. Not all walk-in coolers are made the same. High-quality coolers will cost more than their lower quality in the initial cost but will drain your wallet in the long term. It’s up to you as a business owner to decide on the priorities of your purchase depending on your budget.

Do you need help finding an affordable walk-in cooler in Bradenton? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.

Top 3 HVAC Contract Red Flags

Posted by on May 22, 2019 in HVAC, News, Tips | Comments Off on Top 3 HVAC Contract Red Flags

Top 3 HVAC Contract Red Flags

HVAC contract

The word contract evokes feelings of dread and fear in the hearts of many homeowners and business owners. An HVAC contract is no different. The pros of entering into an HVAC contract are numerous. But the cons are just as pervasive. Modern Air and Refrigeration has curated a list of the top three HVAC contract red flags you should look for before signing on that bottom line. Use this list to protect your business or wallet from unwarranted fees that don’t translate into more services.

One-Page HVAC Contract Nightmare

This first HVAC contract red flag is a sneaky one. One-page contracts fulfill the need for many a consumer for simple terms. An easy to manage outline of all the commitments a contract consists of sounds like a good idea but in reality, is a terrible idea. A contract should disclose all pertinent details to its practical applications. A complicated service like air conditioning cannot be condensed down into one page. An HVAC contract should cover terms like customer service, service calls, holidays, and extra costs. It’s imperative that you do not experience any surprises in terms of costs or service during your contractual timeline. That would be contradictory to the entire purpose of a contract.

The Small Print Gambit

If you listen closely, at the end of a drug commercial on TV, you’ll hear a succession of warnings being quickly announced before the end of the commercial. The small print is the HVAC contract equivalent of that. Unscrupulous HVAC contractors will sneak in terms and conditions in small print that sometimes run counter to the previously stated regular-sized words of the contract. They include ifs and buts that may reduce or in some cases eliminate the services you are expecting from the contract. For that reason, Modern Air and Refrigeration, recommends you take time to review even the smallest print of your agreement or even request an even printed contract if possible from your HVAC contractor.

Legal Jargon Obfuscation

The last HVAC contract red flag may seem obvious but is an atypical feature of any regular service contract. If you’re running into an influx of words such as “notwithstanding”, “contrary herein”, and so on you might be at the wrong end of a dishonest agreement. Service contracts by the nature of the service they offer should be written in plain language. After all how complicated can you make when and how much you should charge for a service call? Be on the lookout for unprincipled HVAC contractors who hope to confuse you into signing an ineffective HVAC contract.

Stop dealing with untrustworthy HVAC contractors. Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 404-7557 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.

Three Most Common Walk-In Cooler Problems

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in News, Sarasota, Tips, Walk-in Cooler | Comments Off on Three Most Common Walk-In Cooler Problems

Three Most Common Walk-In Cooler Problems

walk-in cooler problemsWalk-in coolers are one of those appliances where we just expect them to work. They are the cornerstone of business operations for restaurants, cafeterias, and other food-related businesses. When they break down, and they do break down, it can be a little nerve-wracking to diagnose the issue without immediately calling in a professional. Modern Air & Refrigeration of Sarasota would like to equip you with the know-how of how to deal with the three most walk-in cooler problems continuing our drive to educate our followers.

Walk-in Cooler is Freezing

Our first item on the most common walk-in cooler problems list is a common issue that might seem antithetical to coolers. Some business owners experience the unpleasant problem of a walk-in cooler freezing up. The ice is usually concentrated around the evaporator. To remedy the issue, first, melt the ice off the evaporator and make sure the evaporator fan is rotating correctly. The ice issue might also be caused by a dirty coil and drain line. Make sure these areas are clean and clear for proper ventilation preventing ice formation.

Walk-in Cooler Temperature Fluctuations

This is possibly the worst problem in our walk-in cooler problems list. Uneven temperatures can lead to dangerous conditions as sub-cooled food can be dangerous to your customers. There are several causes that can lead a walk-in cooler to fluctuate in temperatures. Check subcooling, superheat, and operating pressure to ensure they are all within regular parameters. These numbers can be found in your operator manual. Most often, the cause might be as simple as the door not sealing correctly due to age or disrepair. The last culprit that might cause uneven temperatures is the compressor. If it turns off before the set temperature is reached then it might be time for a replacement.

Walk-in Cooler Problems: Completely Dead

The most jarring of all walk-in cooler problems is when the unit is completely non-functional. The first thing you want to do is not panic. Check your electric connection and make sure it is connected. The unit is sometimes connected to a disconnect as well, ensure this has power. A completely nonoperational cooler is in most cases either an easy fix via reconnecting power or a tough nut to crack as you might have to call in a professional. Electric issues are best left for those with experience in the deep mechanics of a walk-in cooler.

Do you have a walk-in cooler problem you just can’t fix yourself? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.

Walk-in Cooler Maintenance Tips

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Bradenton, HVAC, Tips | Comments Off on Walk-in Cooler Maintenance Tips

Walk-in Cooler Maintenance Tips

walk-in coolerA walk-in cooler is a critical major investment for any business in the food service industry. A faulty or broken cooler could lead to a stoppage of business operations and a loss of major inventory. This would be disastrous for operations. This is why it’s crucial that you keep your walk-in cooler in great shape to avoid any of these problems from plaguing your business. Besides hiring walk-in cooler experts like Modern Air and Refrigeration of Bradenton, there are several steps you can take to increase the lifetime of your cooler.

Walk-in Cooler Condensing Unit

All the components of your walk-in cooler are important but some more so than others. None are as significant as your condensing unit. Your walk-in cooler’s condensing unit consists of three pieces; the compressor, the condensing coil, and the condensing fan motor. Together they are the workhorses of your walk-in cooler. They use coolant to keep the temperature low and your goods properly refrigerated. It’s highly recommended that at least twice a year you shut off the power to your cooler and clean the condensing unit. This can be accomplished by either vacuuming around the unit or reversing the air flow. The latter is more complicated but more effective.

Monthly Cleaning Your Walk-in Cooler

The purpose of a walk-in cooler makes it unavoidable that it will get dirty. Food spills, dirty footprints, and just the general foot traffic these coolers see make it a favorable environment for bacteria and other contaminants to develop. Cleaning a cooler requires a different approach than your home fridge. Certain cleaners and chemicals can damage the surfaces of your cooler. Soap and water are the recommended tools to clean your cooler. Due to the gentleness of these solutions, it’s extremely recommended that you clean your cooler at a minimum once a month.

Walk-in Cooler Yearly Inspections

The complexity of your walk-in cooler’s operations will eventually necessitate the assistance of professionals. The costly nature of a cooler breakdown makes it prudent for every business owner to take the necessary preventative steps in ensuring a walk-in cooler emergency never befalls their business. A walk-in cooler contractor should be local with 24/7 support availability. Every second your cooler is malfunctioning is more of your inventory lost increasing the cost of a breakdown exponentially.

Do you need help affordably maintaining your walk-in cooler in Bradenton? Call Modern Air and Refrigeration’s 24/7 line at (941) 727-0330 or send us a quick message for an immediate response.