Just as with any long-term investment, the HVAC system at your commercial facility requires proper care and maintenance. Without proper maintenance, your HVAC system will be sure to take up more of your time, money and patience. With the tips below, you can stay ahead of the game by addressing issues before they become serious problems.
Proper preventative maintenance not only keeps your system running efficiently, but it can also help you maintain high IAQ (indoor air quality). However, many facilities still take a reactionary approach to HVAC maintenance. Look at your maintenance history to determine what areas have been presenting problems, and create a maintenance schedule as needed.
If you schedule your maintenance off-season, there will be more technicians available to perform repairs. Addressing cooling maintenance in the winter also means reduced chances of emergency maintenance during summer months.
Neglecting air filters can pose a lot of harm to the system. HVAC air filters should be changed as regularly as recommended by the manufacturer. You may want to consider changing the filters more often in the spring months to help alleviate allergy symptoms. Changing your HVAC air filter can also help you save on operating costs, as a clogged filter uses more energy compared to a new and clean one.
It is essential to clean the coils that reside in the outside unit of your HVAC system. These coils are responsible for the release of heat as it dissipates from refrigerant condensing in the coils. When the coils are dirty, it can lead to similar problems as a clogged filter.
You may be able to clean the coils on your own, but it’s not always recommended. To ensure the job is done properly and safely, contact a reputable local technician for professional maintenance services. A technician should be able to clean or replace HVAC air filters and coils, lubricate moving parts, and tighten electrical connections.
If repairs are weighing heavily on your facility’s budget, consider a full replacement. Regular repairs can add up; within a couple years, you may have spent as much on repairs as you would have on a full replacement.