Here’s Your Commercial HVAC Summer Maintenance Checklist
It’s that time of year again when your building’s commercial HVAC system needs to be in tip-top shape to keep maintenance costs down, reduce downtime, and keep your tenants as comfortable as possible.
A year-round proactive and preventative maintenance plan is the most effective way to keep your system running smoothly year-round, however there are a few simple summer tasks that will increase your commercial HVAC system’s efficiency and performance, increase its lifespan, and keep your building cool all summer long.
Commercial HVAC Maintenance Programs
1. Change Your Air Filters
Your HVAC system’s air filters are responsible for the efficient, clean flow of air. Over time, they collect dust, dirt, and other particles which accumulate, restricting airflow, and resulting in your HVAC system working harder to cool your building.
It’s best to change your air filters at least once every three months, however there’s nothing wrong with changing them out more frequently, especially if they are visibly dirty.
2. Have Your Evaporator and Condenser Coils Cleaned
Dirty evaporator and condenser coils are responsible for many maintenance calls we receive each summer. Clogged evaporator coils will cause your system to freeze up, preventing airflow from moving across the coils, and eventually shutting off on low pressure control; dirty condenser coils on the other hand, can lead to your air conditioner taking longer to bring your building’s temperature down and eventually shutting off on high pressure safety control.
Dirty coils in your system, when left without cleaning, can result in costly repairs and damages to your HVAC system, which is why the best way to prevent any issues with your system’s coils is with a regular maintenance plan from Air Stream.
3. Check/adjust the program on your thermostats
When the temperature changes, so do the needs of your HVAC system. Maybe your tenants are using a different part of the building this time of year or enjoying Summer Fridays out of the office. To reduce energy consumption and costs, it’s a great idea to adjust your system’s controls to better match the needs of the season.
4. Do a Visual Inspection
One of the simplest ways to identify potential issues with your commercial HVAC system is by doing a quick visual inspection to make sure nothing looks out of the ordinary. Look around your system’s components and make note of any noticeable wear, rust, buildup, leaks, or disconnected pipes; any of the above issues could be impacting the performance of your HVAC system, and a technician should assess them immediately to prevent unnecessary downtime and energy costs.
Set Up Your HVAC Maintenance Plan Now
Year-round the most foolproof method to prevent issues with your commercial HVAC system is by keeping a regular proactive and preventative maintenance plan in place. You’ll benefit not only from reduced energy costs and downtime, but also happier, more comfortable tenants and year-round peace of mind that your system is working optimally.
To set up a maintenance plan now, call (516) 747-4700.