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HVAC, the all-in-one system that provides heating, ventilating, and air conditioning simplifies things for residents, but makes maintenance a challenge. Fred Smith has the experience to keep even the most complex HVAC systems running smoothly.

Replacement of Piping

Since the same piping delivers chilled and hot water depending on the season, these pipes are used 24/7. Due to this continuous usage, it is not unusual for HVAC distribution piping to break down and need replacement well before a similar problem on a steam system would even be noticed. Additionally, HVAC lines can fall victim to the corrosion caused by condensation that accumulates on the outside of the piping in the summer months as chilled water circulates through.

Leaks at Piping and Valves

HVAC water-distribution piping is subject to the same damage-causing leaks that can befall steam heating systems. Our troubleshooters are expert at quickly determining the exact location and nature of a leak so that damage to the surrounding area can be minimized.

Condensate Buildup and Backups in Drain Lines

A/C condensate drains pick up condensation that forms on A/C coils as moist air passes through and is pulled down. The problem occurs in the drain lines because there is no scouring action. (Scouring action helps clean plumbing waste lines because large volumes of water are used and the lines are constantly flushed.) However, in this case, the water slowly drips down the piping and as a result scale and rust buildup accumulates more rapidly. As corrosion builds up in these lines, condensate backups may occur and can cause extreme damage to floor areas within apartments.

Duct Cleaning

Since most sewer cleaning equipment is made for larger pipes and not the small diameter pipe used on HVAC lines, clearing them of corrosion can be quite problematic. Fred Smith Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc. is one of the only companies in NYC with the personnel, equipment (including cameras to spot problem areas within the system) and technology necessary to clean ventilation ducts.


"A peculiar aspect and an interesting notion that is often overlooked regarding HVAC systems is the substantial quantity of high pressure steam used to cool buildings off throughout the summer. A volume that sometimes outweighs and surprisingly exceeds the amount of high pressure steam used in heating buildings throughout the winter. Fred Smith Plumbing & Heating's preventative maintenance programs help to ensure comfortable temperatures throughout every season.” - Larry Lieberman, Fred Smith Supervisor and Steam Expert. Call 212-744-1300.

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