We Provide Custom Commercial HVAC Solutions

Burkholder’s has decades of experience with heating and air conditioning repair as we’ve installed and maintained tens of thousands of commercial HVAC systems in Allentown and throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our experienced project leaders and technicians have done it all. We’ve worked on commercial HVAC jobs for clients in the healthcare, commercial, industrial, hospitality and institutional industries.

Our expert, in-house design-build team makes sure every project is managed correctly and completed on time. We understand every commercial heating and cooling project is unique and we’ll evaluate your planned or existing building to provide a custom HVAC solution to meet your needs while maximizing system efficiency.


On every project, our HVAC technicians focus heavily on training, safety, and technology resulting in highly efficient and safe operations. Our in-house safety committee manages ongoing training programs to ensure our compliance with all federal, state and local requirements as well as all provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Whether it’s a simple inspection, part replacement, or scheduled maintenance, we look at every element under a critical eye to ensure everything we do is done right—the first time.

Commercial Maintenance Agreement

Preventive Maintenance Savings

Preventive Maintenance Agreements (PMAs) are agreements between you and your HVAC contractor for scheduled inspections and maintenance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.

PMAs are generally scheduled semi-annually to maintain peak efficiency, prevent utility overpayment, and avert system failures through predictive maintenance that can help extend the life of your HVAC system. Sometimes PMAs are also referred to as “planned maintenance agreements,” “start and checks,” or “preventative service agreements.” PMAs usually consist of fall and spring scheduled sessions for a service technician to go through your entire HVAC system preparing it for the upcoming season in a proactive approach before system failure and prior to overpaying your utility company.

Just like your automobile, your commercial building must have well-maintained heating and cooling systems to operate efficiently. To improve your business’s efficiency and help ensure reliability and long life, consider the following tips.

Easy Steps to Reduce Energy Consumption

  • Engage a qualified HVAC firm in a maintenance contract with seasonal tune-ups. During these tune-ups, a technician should check combustion efficiency, refrigerant charge, and belt tension as applicable.
  • Replace air filters regularly. Accumulated dirt and dust make your fans work harder. Clean or replace filters as recommended by your system’s manufacturer.
  • Clean the evaporator and condenser coils on your heat pump, air-conditioner, or chiller. Dirty coils inhibit heat transfer; by keeping them clean, you save energy.
  • Inspect ducts and piping for leakage or damaged insulation. Leaky ductwork is one of the biggest contributors to cooling loss in buildings. Apply duct sealer, tape, and insulation as needed.
  • Repair old valves and steam traps. These can waste hundreds of dollars and are low cost parts.

Energy Consumption

The HVAC system is most likely the single biggest use of energy in your home. In commercial applications where refrigeration is applied (combined with the HVAC systems), huge amounts of energy are used in the building. In fact, over 1/3 of the energy used in the United States is used to heat and cool buildings.

What Should You Expect from a Burkholder’s PMA visit?

  • Check system functions, safety controls, and adjust the operating sequence where appropriate.
  • Inspect electrical components and connections and repair/replace or tighten as required.
  • Ensure proper airflow and change dirty air filters.
  • Inspect pumps, lubricate, and check flow rates where appropriate.
  • Clean and lubricate motors as required.
  • Examine belts, adjust and align as required.
  • Inspect, clean and balance blowers as required.

Spring Visit (preparation for summer season):

  • Clean inside coil, condensate pans, condensate traps, and condensate lines to prevent obstructions.
  • Clean outside coil and straighten fins for efficient operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels and if low, find the leak. (According to many equipment manufacturers, a 10% refrigerant loss will result in a 20% decrease in system efficiency!)

Fall Visit (preparation for winter season):

  • Clean the burner assembly.
  • Remove soot from fireside of burner.
  • Clean and check operation of humidifier.
  • Visually or with remote camera, inspect heat exchanger for cracks.
  • Adjust air/fuel ratio of burner and perform combustion analysis. (Instrumentation used for combustion analysis is a means of fine tuning a burner to achieve maximum fuel efficiency and “optimum firing.”

Note: For heat pump applications, winter season inspections repeat a number of the summer procedures plus several additional checks. Maintaining semi-annual PMAs for heat pumps is also important.

What’s Your Bottom Line?


  • Savings: PMAs typically more than pay for themselves through higher efficiency, less utility overpayment, and contractor discounts. PMA customers typically receive a discount on all parts and services performed during the entire year.
  • Peace of Mind: Predictive maintenance will mean fewer system failures and a longer life for your HVAC equipment.
  • Priority Service: Should a system failure occur during the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter, customers with PMAs generally receive priority service.
  • Continuity: Many contractors are often able to assign technicians to the specific customers. That way, you get to see and know the same service technician, and he or she becomes more familiar with you and your equipment.

Sheet Metal Fabrication

Custom Solutions for Any Project

Sheet Metal FabricationIn certain applications, standard stock metal fittings just won’t do. That’s when you need Burkholder’s HVAC Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Department. Our Sheet Metal Fabrication Department can custom fabricate, install, and maintain ductwork, and other products for both residential and commercial customers. With our plasma table, we can fabricate and deliver your custom duct work quickly and inexpensively.

We follow SMACNA Standards on all of our fabricated duct work creating a quality product that offers a cost-effective and on-demand solution for your manufacturing needs. Available in paint grip; galvanized 20 through 26 gauge; acoustically lined 1”, 1/2”, or bare.

For more information on the full range of options available to you through our sheet metal fabrication, please download a copy of our brochure for details on pricing and product specifications.

Process Piping

The Heart of Your Building

Process Piping DesignProcess piping is at the heart of every industry, delivering liquids and gases throughout buildings and other structures. At Burkholder’s HVAC, we design and install customized process piping networks and add efficiency to your mechanical room and overall plant operation.

Our team of expert installers comply with guidelines set forth by the ASME standards and guarantee the integrity of our work. We offer delivery systems for a variety of HVAC applications including hot water, steam, gas and more. Burkholder’s HVAC can also create a customized maintenance plan to help keep your piping systems up-and-running and worry free, even if we did not install them.

Our Process Piping Services Include:

  • HVAC systems for facilities of all sizes
  • Medical gas systems for hospitals, nursing homes and medical offices
  • Vacuum pipeline systems
  • Industrial delivery systems
  • Technicians trained in industry-standard best practices
  • Comprehensive Service and Maintenance Plans available on all process piping systems

Process Piping Gallery

Ductwork + Design

Moving Air from Here to There

Sheet Metal DuctDuctwork is no longer being hidden behind walls and in crawl spaces. Cleverly created duct layouts have actually become part of the interior design! Burkholder’s team of designers and installers can make your ductwork perform great and look amazing.

HVAC ducts were originally designed to efficiently move air between interior spaces of a building. But ductwork has become much more than that over the years. With open-concept buildings, HVAC ductwork is exposed, serving as in integral part of the interior design. Our custom ductwork service allows us to create a great looking duct system, specifically designed for the space. Available in all shapes, sizes, and colors, interior ductwork allows you to reveal the HVAC system while still maintaining the style and class of the building.

Burkholder’s Interior Ductwork and Design Benefits Include:

  • Our ductwork and metal-working shop that can customize the duct to architect/design specifications
  • We can create the right ductwork to deliver the air efficiently and effectively throughout your building
  • Maintenance on your HVAC system, including duct cleaning services!

Interior Ductwork and Design Gallery