Q. Why do preventative maintenance?
A. Over the life of your mechanical equipment, a
Maintenance program is an investment
that will generate a greater
return than the cost of the
plan. Proper service of your HVAC
system can reduce
energy costs by as much as 50%. And it
dramatically increase the longevity of your equipment while
keeping the system operation for when its needed.
Q. What is included in
A. Each program is customized to meet the needs of the individual
customer. The environment dictates the scope of the program. For
instance, a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility that has exposure
to potentially toxic substances might need to have their ventilation
system checked as often as twice a month. Whereas a bank might
only need to have their equipment inspected seasonally.
But in general we start by inspecting the equipment at your location.
We look for loose nuts, bolts, hoses and other obvious
equipment malfunction. We check all safety controls to ensure that
there are no hazardous conditions lurking. There are key areas in
heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems that if not attended
to can add unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment. These
areas such as filters and coils, are cleaned or replaced, if needed.
Q. What are the different types of service / maintenance
A. We offer basic
maintenance contracts as well as full service
cover every contingency. We have a thorough
that includes inspecting your location and gathering the
appropriate information. With that, we will create a
cost effective plan that will be tailored to
meet your needs.
Q. How often should I replace my
A. There are many
variables that will determine the answer to that
What make and model of equipment do you have? Is
location in the city or the suburbs? If your location
is in a
suburban or rural area, you may only have to change
as little as four times a year. More
urban environments require
more frequent filter changes.
Some more demanding environments
may require filter changes
as frequent as twice a month. Quinn &
Feiner is always
available to inspect your equipment, analyze
and make customer specific recommendations.
Changing your filters when necessary will provide the
air flow that is important to maintaining
optimum performance and
increasing the life of your
Q. How much energy / money can be
saved by coil cleaning?
First the coils are the core of how an air conditioner cools
When coils become dirty or oxidized heat transfer is reduced from
10% to 30% which causes the compressor in your unit to work
harder and the equipment to run longer
to cool the air. This causes
a significant increase in energy costs. The money you save by
having the coils cleaned will more than cover the cost of this
When you clean your coils you'll be putting money in your
pocket instead of with the electric company.
Q. How fast can you get to my
location when I place a service
We guarantee a four (4)
hour response time but our significant
coverage often allows
us to respond in one (1) hour or less. We
dedicated coverage in Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester,
and Connecticut. Our service vans are fully stocked.
They are equipped with two-way radios and GPS tracking
A live dispatch operator answers the phone 24
hours a day, seven
days a week. But remember our
customers who have service
agreements with us are always our
Q. Repairs vs. Replacement - When
is the right time to stop
repairing my equipment and install new equipment?
A. The average life span of your HVAC equipment is about 15 years.
Proper maintenance will prolong the life span while improper
maintenance will shorten its life span. So you need to take the age
of your equipment into account and whether it was properly
maintained. Also, as your equipment ages, it loses energy efficiency
over time. Even well maintained equipment will lose energy
efficiency, although at a lower rate. New equipment is always more
technologically advanced and energy efficient over older equipment.
Also, there may be government and utility company rebates that will
pay for a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing new, energy
efficient equipment. Quinn and Feiner can help you determine
whether repairing your existing equipment or installing new
equipment makes more financial sense.