5 Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips for a More Efficient HVAC System
As we slide from heating season to cooling season, your calendar should already have a reminder to complete an HVAC routine maintenance check on your commercial system. Your list should include:
1 Clean or replace all air filters.
The air filters trap dust, pollen, mold spores, and other airborne particles. Those particles remained trapped on the filter until you remove them—either by cleaning the filter or replacing the filter. If you drop the ball and forget to do this, the filter clogs and decreases the airflow that passes through it. This is not good for your system or for indoor air quality, since some of those particles can be pulled around the filter. Hopefully, you remember where all of the filters are located!
2 Check all of the necessary components that need to be maintained.
Let’s see, there are
Electrical connections that need to be checked. Make sure you remember where all of those connections are located.
Belts that need to be tightened or replaced
Lubrication joints that need to be greased. I’m sure you remember where each one is located
3 Check component functions to make sure the system meets the manufacturer’s specifications.
Test the overall system function
Test each component’s efficiency, with the appropriated electrical equipment
Test the coolant or cooling water level tests
Don’t forget to check and recalibrate the thermostats
4 Clean some potentially nasty parts in hard-to-reach locations.
The AC removes moisture from your indoor space, making it comfortable, even on the stickiest of days. The moisture is removed by the evaporator coils; you will find the coils in hard-to-reach, dark spaces. Clean the moisture and potentially the mold or mildew from the evaporator coils so it does not spread inside your building.
Clean the drain pans and clear the drain lines to make sure water does not leak into your building, creating a mess and expensive damage that you will regret
Clean the condenser coils on the roof or outdoors to ensure the refrigerant gas cools properly
5 Check fan and compressor motors.
Motors mean moving parts and moving parts need lubrication and adjustments.
You will need to listen for bearing noise and recognize the difference between “good” noises and “bad” noises.
Or you could call Northwind, and schedule a commercial HVAC maintenance visit.
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