When it comes to your commercial HVAC system, it is a vital component of your workplace. While it helps to keep your employees and any clients that come into the office cool and comfortable, it actually does much more than that. In fact, those temperatures affect productivity levels of your workers, their health, and your energy bills. Needless to say, your commercial HVAC system is extremely important. Unfortunately, many business owners fail to properly maintain their systems, which can lead to high energy bills, premature failure, and costly repairs or replacements. To help minimize all of these things from happening, here are a few troubleshooting tips to help you stay on top of your commercial HVAC game:
Tip #1: Keep an Eye on Your Ductwork.
The United States Department of Energy reports that anywhere from 30 percent to 40 percent of air will leak out of cracked or otherwise damaged ducts. As a general rule, these cracks/leaks will be visible to the eye. However, if it is insulated, you will notice dirty areas on the insulation. Unfortunately, though, it will be difficult to locate every single leak without enlisting the help of a certified HVAC expert.
Tip #2: Keep Your Nose Open for Strange or Foul Smells.
If you have noticed any type of odors coming from your HVAC system, then there is a good chance that there is a problem. In a lot of cases, it a simple solution – a dirty air filter. However, in other instances, it can be more problematic, such as a gas leak. So, you will want to start with checking to see if your air filters are dirty, then you will move to see if any parts are overheated or if there is any material that has melted onto the heat exchange or coils. Next, look for any moist areas that could encourage the growth of mold. If you aren't having any luck finding what could be causing the odor, call in a professional for assistance.
Tip #3: Watch Out for Inefficiencies in the Operation of Your System.
If you just simply notice that your system isn't operating as efficiently as it has been in the past, there is a good chance that the culprit is a dirty evaporator. It could also be the heating coils. These parts should be cleaned a couple of times per year to keep your system running efficiently and to reduce your energy bills. If you need guidance on how to clean these parts or would simply like a professional to do it for you, contact a local commercial HVAC company, such as Associated Mechanical Contractors, Inc.