Service Agreements & Maintenance Programs Equal Great Savings

ICS strongly encourages all company owners to perform preventative maintenance on their mechanical systems. This is the best way possible to ensure optimum operation of your system.

By opting to cover your equipment with a preventive maintenance program, you will enjoy:

• Lower Energy Bills

• Longer Equipment Life

• Lower Labor Rates

• Increased Comfort

• Peace of Mind!

The ICS Preventive Maintenance Program places a heavy emphasis on "predictive" maintenance. This puts a focus on for-seeing the needs of the system and treating the issue before a mechanical failure occurs. This approach results in:

• Less Down-time

• Fewer Surprise Repairs

• Increased System Efficiency

At ICS, we know that no two projects are the same and the needs of our clients are extremely individualized, therefore, we offer a wide range of customized preventive maintenance programs tailored to fit a clients' specific needs. Whatever the project calls for, ICS can offer a preventive maintenance program to cover the system to ensure optimum performance.

If you have any questions about our Preventive Maintenance Programs, please call and speak with one of our knowledgeable consultants, or click below and someone will contact you as soon as possible. (top of page)

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Preventive Maintenance

"An Ounce of Prevention…"

This may seem like an old idea, but for clients of ICS Preventive Maintenance Program, it's a new way of saving all year long that not only makes a big difference, but it also makes sense. Long before your building air conditioning or heating system actually breaks down, it silently and unavoidably loses efficiency requiring more energy and more money to keep you comfortable. A recent university study indicates that an average of $52 a month goes right out the window of buildings simply because the equipment isn't regularly maintained.

Equipment not regularly maintained is also moving closer each day to break-downs and unnecessary repairs. It is sad but true that a majority of service calls can be prevented through proper maintenance.

Regular planned Inspections of your System

ICS offers a Preventive Maintenance Program to provide routine inspections to ensure properly functioning equipment. No one wants to deal with system failures. You can avoid major repairs by having ICS check your system on a regular basis.

Today, ICS is able to offer a better approach to service that can improve the cost of heating and cooling your building while protecting your investment in some of the most expensive equipment at your facility.

Additional Preventive Maintenance Program Customer benefits:

In addition to our comprehensive maintenance program you will be receiving the following additional benefits:

• Priority Emergency Services - When it is the hottest or coldest times of the year, you will get service priority service over non-agreement customers.

• You save 10% on your Plumbing, Heating and Air-Conditioning service repairs' current labor rates.

To participate in all the advantages of ICS Preventive Maintenance Program or for answers to any question you may have, contact our friendly Service Representatives at 760-599-0500, extension 129.

Why is Preventive Maintenance so important?

Preventive Maintenance is the most important part to the proper functioning of HVAC equipment. If preventive maintenance is not performed regularly or if it is done slap-dash, the equipment will require extensive and costly repairs at a later date. This is not just a case of "pay me now or pay me later." It is a case of "pay me now or pay me considerably more, later," and lose reliability in the process.

Preventive maintenance of HVAC equipment, on a regular basis with inspections is important. During these inspections, proper operation of the equipment is checked and verified. All mechanical equipment is designed to operate within certain limits. HVAC equipment is no exception, and if not properly maintained, the equipment will exceed its design limitations with the resulting equipment failure. (top of page)

Why must we replace air filters?

Air conditioning equipment is designed to operate with a specific quantity of air passing over its indoor coil surface. When air filters are not replaced, they clog and become coated with dirt. Similarly, the indoor coils get coated with dirt. This dirt reduces the amount of air through the unit below the design limit, leading to catastrophic failure. These miss-managed units start out requiring filters to be replaced; then, they require a new compressor.

In the heating mode, low airflow causes the heat exchanger to overheat. Heat exchangers are designed to operate at temperature between 120°F and 200°F. At higher temperatures, the heat exchanger oxidizes, its life-span is reduced, or it cracks and breaks. In either case, It makes far more sense to replace air filters regularly than to replace a heat exchanger costing far more.

Why must we replace drive belts?

Loose or broken drive belts cause the same problems that dirty filters cause. They cause the airflow through the equipment to be reduced below design limits. In addition, loose drive belts slip on the pulleys. This wears the groove in the pulley so that when the belt is replaced, the new belt is ruined in a short period of time by the worn pulleys. Once again, replace the $15.00 belt on a regular basis or spend much more replacing pulleys.

Why must we clean condenser coils?

Equipment is designed to operate between certain outdoor temperature limits. Cooling and condensing of the refrigerant is designed to occur with a particular volume of air flowing across the coil. If the finned surfaces of the outdoor coils are dirty, the ability of these coils to transfer heat is reduced. When the ability to transfer heat is reduced, the operating temperatures and pressures of the unit increase. Due to the reduced heat transfer capability, the operating temperatures and pressures within the unit exceed the manufacturer's safe limit and the unit shuts down. If the unit does not exceed the manufacturer's limits by enough to shut down, it will continue to run at reduced capacity and efficiency, and at an increased rate of wear due to the increased work load.

Why Inspect Relays and Contactors?

Electrical relays are designed to open and close a certain number of times with a particular current load, before the contact points are damaged and relay requires replacement. If more than the design current is passed through this relay due to a motor working too hard, or low voltage conditions, the contact points overheat and become damaged. If the electrical contacts in a contactor begin to get pitted, and the contactor is not replaced, eventually the compressor motor or the fan motor will burn up and require replacement. Once again, if we exceed the design limitations of the device, or its anticipated life span, additional damage is caused.

Why Must We Lubricate Bearings and Rotating Components?

Bearings and other rotating parts are designed to have a useful life span of hundreds of thousands of hours, provided they are lubricated at appropriate intervals and are not overloaded due to vibration from defective drive belts or dirty blower wheels. If bearings are not lubricated regularly, they will overheat and seize. When this occurs, the bearings fall apart, and the blower wheel, shaft, and housing are destroyed. This is a prime example of a situation where inexpensive maintenance was neglected with catastrophic results.

Why Must We Check the Refrigerant Charge on a Regular Basis?

A unit operating with an insufficient refrigerant charge can ruin its compressor via two scenarios. The unit icing up due to a low-pressure condition causes the first type of failure, causing the compressor to fail due to liquid slugging, as described before. The second type of failure is due to the fact that the compressor requires a certain quantity of cool refrigerant vapor to cool its motor windings. If the refrigerant charge is not sufficient, the motor within the compressor will overheat and burn up.

The scenarios described all cause damage to occur slowly, over a period of time, usually without being noticed by the occupants of the conditioned space until catastrophic failure has occurred.

Regularly scheduled preventive maintenance properly performed, in addition to lowering overall annual HVAC service costs, and reducing the number of emergency calls due to catastrophic failures, will also result in lower utility costs. (top of page)

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