An ongoing maintenance program for your HVAC equipment is the best way to ensure it runs smoothly. Fixing a broken HVAC systemcan be expensive, so it is essential to have a qualified contractor test your unit before there is an issue. Contractors can assess your unit, listen to any problems you have, and determine if any repair is necessary. Regular maintenance will catch small problems that are inexpensive and less complicated to fix before they become significant and expensive problems.
Here’s why an Annual or Semi-Annual tune-up is essential, as it will:
- reduce the number of equipment breakdowns
- prolong equipment life
- save money on electric bills
- improve indoor air quality
- provide peace of mind
- conserve natural resources
HVAC maintenance is essential and should only be performed by a qualified specialist once or twice a year, to assess how your cooling system is functioning, and to see if any modifications or repairs are needed. These checkups will help to ensure the proper functionality and efficiency of your air conditioning system. Detecting minor issues early alerts you to needed repairs before your system has significant damage.
An HVAC inspection covers the cooling equipment and the indoor quality systems. Your contractor should provide you a detailed report of all tested elements and their findings. They should also recommend potential risk factors and efficiency-improving repairs, to improve the functioning of your unit and prevent possible breakdowns.
HVAC Inspections typically Include:
- Thorough inspections of the indoor and outdoor (if applicable) cooling units
- Testing the calibration of the thermostat
- Checking the air filter
- Testing the airflow throughout both the unit and conditioned space
- Inspecting blower components, condenser, evaporator coils, and electrical connections
- Inspecting the condition of the equipment and its location
- Testing safety controls
- Inspecting for possible growth (for ex. mold, bacteria, mildew, etc.)
- Applying drain tablets
- Evaluating system starting capabilities and differentiation of temperature
- Testing gas and refrigerant pressure
- Testing venting, clearances, and combustion air
- Evaluating the heat pump and defrost cycle
- Examining the heat exchanger, ignition, burner assemblies, condensate drains and drip pan
Unexpected surprises can happen when you’re leasing a commercial unit, and one of these is often the nature of the AC equipment. As long as you’re inside the commercial space, everyone in your organization breathes in whatever conditions the previous owner allowed. This might include dust, mildew, mold, bacteria, roaches or bugs; also, there is a possibility that there is some form of growth inside your AC system.
An inspection will find any of these issues, so they can be addressed quickly. Remember: an ongoing maintenance program for your HVAC equipment is the best way to ensure it runs smoothly throughout the year.