2018 is on pace to be the fourth hottest year on record. As temperatures continue to rise year-after-year due to climate change, staying on top of commercial air conditioner maintenance pays twofold: Ensuring a system that won’t leave you in need of emergency commercial air conditioning repair on summer’s hottest days; and safeguarding efficient performance integral to controlling energy costs and lowering your business’ carbon footprint.
Your Summer Commercial AC Maintenance Checklist
Heating and cooling consume the most energy in buildings and impact employee and customer comfort. To ensure peak efficiency and reliable performance, look to these key commercial HVAC service tasks:
- Keep Filters Clean.
Commercial HVAC mechanical contractors in Philadelphia respond to a lot of service calls that could have been easily avoided with regular air filter maintenance. This is one of the most inexpensive and easy tasks you can accomplish, but also the most commonly forgotten. During hot summer months, swapping out dusty, clogged air filters regularly will allow air to move more freely through the system, cooling more efficiently. Mark it on the calendar, swapping the filter every 1-3 months.
- Schedule a Professional Cleaning & Tune-Up
Commercial HVAC systems should be serviced before ‘busy season’: Once in the spring before summer heat sets in, and once in the fall before the winter chill. This will ensure proper, efficient performance. Make this one of your top maintenance tasks – or you’ll likely end up waiting on emergency repairs with others whose systems gave out during temperature extremes due to neglected maintenance. What can a pro do that you can’t?
Carefully inspect and clean the outdoor coils and compressor.
Dirty coils force your system to work harder, impacting performance and increasing energy costs.
Inspect the condition of fan blades and lubricate motors.
These components keep your compressor, which costs significant money to replace, cool.
Verify the proper function of wiring, switches, belts, and other key components.
These each directly impact how your cooling system operate. Verifying each part or piece is in good working order (tight, lubricated, etc.) requires a keen eye and attention to detail.
Check and adjust refrigerant levels.
Too much or too little refrigerant can negatively impact performance. Older system? The phase-out of R-22 by 2020 makes this refrigerant increasingly more difficult and expensive to come by.
Properly program thermostat(s).
Revisiting thermostat settings each season ensures efficient operation.
Check drip pans & drainage.
Moisture-related blockages can result in mold growth and costly repairs.
Ductwork is critical to safeguarding performance. Have your ductwork regularly inspected by your HVAC professional for leaks, which can take a massive toll on performance, reducing efficiency up to 30%. Also have your ducts checked within. Dirty ducts can negatively impact airflow and air quality, harboring bacteria, mold, and more.
Don’t Forget Industrial Chiller Maintenance
Rely on an industrial chiller as part of your operation? These systems require regular maintenance to ensure performance too!
Struggling to find a knowledgeable, reliable provider of commercial HVAC in Philadelphia? H&H Commercial Services has the experience and expertise to install and maintain even the most specialized systems. Contact us to learn more today.