HVAC Maintenance Tips Every Business Owner Should Know

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
every business owner should know about their HVAC system

Regularly scheduled maintenance is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your HVAC unit is running smoothly. A maintenance schedule can save you money by preventing expensive breakdowns. A broken HVAC system will not just cost you money in repairs, it could also lead to unhappy tenants, employees, or customers. Here are some tips on what you can do to to maintain your HVAC system.

Replace the HVAC filters

Replacing filters is one of the most overlooked, but easiest steps of HVAC maintenance. The filters should be replaced at least every six months, depending on the system and its location. Regular inspection can spot the need for new filters and improve HVAC performance.

Clean the condenser and evaporator coils

Condenser and evaporator coils should be cleaned once or twice a year to prevent mold growth. If you do not take these preventative steps, your HVAC system could spread mold throughout your building and cause a much bigger problem. Additionally, clean coils are also more efficient and can save you money on your energy bills.

Inspect belts, bearings, and fans

Other components that requires maintenance and cleaning are the fans, bearings, and belts. You should inspect the fans and blades once or twice a year and clean or replace them as needed. Dust or build-up on blades reduces efficiency and decreases your indoor air quality. Additionally, your bearings should be lubricated regularly. Pay attention to the noises your HVAC system makes during inspections, because hearing a strange sound could mean it requires maintenance.

Adjust and clean dampers

About once a year, you should clean the dampers to ensure that your compressor runs properly in cold weather. If the dampers aren’t cleaned, they can get stuck, which prevents your coils from using cool air. This issue could overload your system. Having dirty dampers is one of the most common commercial HVAC problems and one of the easiest to prevent.

Clean the ductwork

Cleaning the ductwork is one of the most labor-intensive and expensive operations when working with HVAC units. Ductwork is spread throughout your building, making it difficult to clean. However, clean ductwork is critical to having good indoor air quality. This step should be done every two years and is best left to a professional HVAC maintenance company.

Don’t overload the unit

While the heat in summer can be intense, you should never run your thermostat at its lowest possible setting. Lower temperature settings do not affect the time it takes to cool down a room. Leaving your AC unit on the lowest setting can put unnecessary strain on the entire system. Instead, you should keep the thermostat set at a comfortable temperature to prevent system wear and tear.

The condenser unit should be clear of debris

It is easy to accidentally block the condenser with furniture or junk. Be sure to clear your unit of any trash, furniture, or other debris that could be blocking the vents. Your condenser needs to be clear to operate well.

Check freon levels

Freon is a refrigerant your HVAC system uses to make the air cool. Refrigerant leaks are a common issue that can happen to any HVAC unit and they can cause many issues. A licensed technician can help you determine proper freon levels and fix any possible leaks.

Professional commercial HVAC-R maintenance in Amarillo, Texas

If you need to schedule maintenance for your Commercial HVAC system, give the experts at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. in Amarillo, Texas a call. You can reach us at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email to learn more. We help commercial and industrial clients throughout the Texas Panhandle and Tri-State area.