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Does Your Business Need a Commercial Maintenance Agreement?

Commercial HVAC


Commercial HVAC Maintenance is a critical part of the overall strategy of most big operations and large commercial building owners to protect one of their greatest investments: their building. However, many small to medium sized operations tend to wonder if they can get away with performing HVAC work in-house. It may just make sense to get yourself a commercial maintenance agreement instead. Here’s why:

Commercial HVAC service contracts give business owners and managers peace of mind. They know they are less likely to have a major equipment failure by having routine maintenance done on their HVAC system to ensure all equipment is running properly. HVAC experts are able to spot problems during routine maintenance that the untrained eye can’t see. Without regular maintenance, small problems can quickly multiply to become costly emergencies. If you have multiple locations with different types of HVAC equipment, you’re going to need multiple maintenance visits, and these can add up. A maintenance agreement can cover the number of visits that you require for one flat rate.

Businesses with commercial HVAC service contracts get the same technicians regularly. The technicians get to know them, their personnel, their building’s layout, and their equipment inside and out. Technicians who know your equipment can spot when something changes, even subtly, and take care of the issue before the equipment breaks down.

If you don’t have an agreement in place and an emergency arises, you’re stuck contacting a company that isn’t familiar with your system. You’ll also most likely pay more for the service call, repairs, and replacement equipment. If you do have an agreement in place, you will be afforded special considerations. Again, businesses with commercial HVAC service contracts tend to have fewer emergency repair needs, but when they do, they get priority service. Those without contracts get put on a waiting list, which can get long during summer months.

Even better, businesses that develop a long-term relationship with an HVAC company gain a business partner who can give them advice about equipment replacement. The expert guidance allows owners to plan and budget for new equipment.

Try it for a while, and you may ask yourself how you ever lived without a commercial HVAC maintenance agreement!



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AC Refrigerant

What You Need To Know About the R22 Refrigerant Phase Out

AC Refrigerant

Approximately 25 years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated the phase out of R-22 in 2020 as the result of growing environmental concerns. Acting in accordance of The Clean Air Act, the phase out was enacted to protect the Earth’s ozone layer from an ozone-depleting compound found in R-22.

After that R22 refrigerant phase out date, R22 refrigerant can no longer be manufactured or imported into the US. That means your old equipment can’t be repaired if the refrigerant is unavailable. R22 is being replaced by R-410A, a blend of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that does not contribute to depletion of the ozone layer.

So what does this change mean for you? If you have older equipment that uses R-22, you have a few options:

If a unit breaks after January 2020, chances are you’ll have to replace at that time. If it happens prior to 2020, you’ll need to decide if you want to replace or invest in a pricey repair. One thing to keep in mind: the closer we get to 2020, there will be lots of equipment owners in the same boat as you, all needing their systems replaced. You know what it’s like when you need a repair during an August heat wave? This situation is likely be worse. When your system finally breaks and you need an emergency replacement, and you could be without AC for some time while you wait for installation availability.

In some cases, you can invest in a retrofit or conversion that allows your older system to use certain newer refrigerants. That option won’t be possible for all systems, so you’ll need an inspection to determine if it might work for you.

The final option is to simply replace your older units. It can be expensive, especially if you’ve got multiple systems to replace before R22 is phased out. However, this can be the most cost-effective option in the long run. By replacing the units on your own schedule, you can take advantage of special pricing and financing offers that are available at different times of the year. When figuring out the cost of replacement, don’t forget that installing newer, more efficient systems can result in big reductions in energy expenses. Those savings can add up faster than you may think.

Gentry Heating and Air Conditioning can help you prepare for this transition. Give us a call today!


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The Advantages of Financing Your Residential HVAC Project

When a furnace or central air conditioning system goes out, it seems like it’s always at the worst time. It’s not something that can be put off until later, especially when your unit stops during the heat of the summer or a cold winter week.
Other times, a decision is made to repair an older, less efficient unit instead of replacing it with a newer, energy-efficient unit due to the high cost of a new system. Cost should never be a reason to delay your comfort or to cost yourself even more in the long run.
Purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system is a large investment that most people cannot afford to pay for all at one time. We understand this, and want to make your life easier, and not even harder during an already stressful time! Financing can be an effective tool to fit a new system into your budget without breaking the bank, while unlocking savings through reduced energy usage when compared to older, less efficient units.
That’s why we at Gentry Air Conditioning and Heating use Wells Fargo Home Projects, a stable, reliable financial services company with a name you know and trust. Financing offers can vary depending on the season. They offer a simple, fast online application and immediate credit decisions that give you quick access to a revolving credit line upon approval.
Many customers will find they qualify for an interest-free offer. Typical interest-free offers are 0% interest when paid in full within 18 months or 0% when paid in full within 60 months with equal payments. Low interest rate plans available as well, with competitive rates. All plans include convenient monthly credit card payments with superior Wells Fargo cardholder service. It also includes easy to use account management and bill payment options that fit your lifestyle. Of course, there is never a penalty for early pay off – you can make the payments as soon as works for you and focus on enjoying your new product.
This service allows our valued customers the ability to spread the cost out over time, and purchase the best unit for their individual needs, at the time when they need them. It’s just another one of the ways that Gentry Air Conditioning and Heating helps take care of you and your family.
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