You have spent months sitting in your office, fighting off the cold of winter with your heater. Which means you’ve also spent the same amount of time not using your air conditioner. With the seasons changing and summer not far off, is your commercial air conditioner going to be able to take on the heat?
There’s no better time of the year to prepare your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit for the summer than now, when the forecast is still moderate. All it takes is a little commercial HVAC preventive maintenance to ensure your system is operational and running at peak efficiency. For this blog, we’re going to discuss how you can prepare your equipment for the hot weather with seasonal HVAC maintenance.
How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer
To maximize the productivity of your employees, they need to be in an environment where they feel comfortable. Being able to keep the office cool during the hotter days of the year is an important part of that goal. To achieve this, it’s necessary to have your HVAC inspected for any issues that could cause it to run into problems in the future.
Commercial HVAC preventive maintenance is something that should be done by an expert to avoid causing problems. If no one on your staff is an expert in this field, you can reach out to a mechanical services provider to perform this maintenance on your behalf. A professional technician has the knowledge and skills to thoroughly inspect your system. Most importantly, if there is a problem, they can perform the necessary repairs for you.
The process starts by creating a commercial HVAC preventive maintenance checklist that tells the inspector where to begin investigating. Here are some of the items you can expect to appear on the checklist:
Cycling just any old air through your building isn’t exactly great for indoor air quality. The air from outside can be chock full of allergens and other particles that can create an uncomfortable environment. That’s why AC units use air filters so only clean air makes it into the building. However, they can become clogged with dirt and debris over time.
If not replaced when the time calls, a dirty filter can negatively impact airflow and the overall efficiency of the system. This means your unit would need to use more energy to perform the same job. Checking and replacing the air filter can optimize the HVAC’s efficiency, saving you money.
The ductwork of your HVAC is a magnet for dust, mold, allergens, and many other types of debris. Since it’s not something you look at everyday, it can be easy to miss just how bad your system has gotten. If not taken care of, this junk can start affecting air quality. A technician who is performing maintenance can inspect and clean out all the ducts, so you don’t have to worry.
This is where it gets a little more technical. The condenser and evaporator coils are what allow your HVAC system to pump out cold air. These coils need to be regularly cleaned as dirt, vegetation, and debris can get lodged in this section. The dirtier these coils are, the harder it is for the coils to function properly. As you can imagine, this can not only lower the system’s efficiency, but can also cause a fire.
The coolant lines are the two copper tubes that connect the heat pump to the evaporator coil. They are normally covered in foam coolant insulation. After the condenser and evaporator coils are cleaned, the coolant lines should be the next component inspected. During this inspection, your technician is going to be on the lookout for any punctured or missing layers of insulation.
Let A&G Services Perform Your Preventive Maintenance
A&G Services is an industry-leading mechanical services provider. If you need preventive maintenance, give us a call. Our technicians are licensed and certified, so you can rest easy knowing your air conditioner is in good hands.
If you’d like to learn more about our services, contact us today.