8 Common Commercial HVAC Problems Solved
Own a commercial property? How well are you taking care of your customers and employees comfort?
Nobody likes to shop in a store that’s too hot or too cold. Employees start to complain the moment the temperature changes a degree or two. And if your HVAC system isn’t working to perfection, it can be a lot more than the temperature they complain about. Sick building syndrome is a growing complaint.
But you don’t have time to worry about the HVAC system until something goes wrong. Right? Did you know if you make your HVAC system a part of your regular maintenance routine, you can solve many problems long before they begin?
Do you have any of these common commercial HVAC problems?
1. Poor Air Quality
Air quality is impacted by many things. It can be as simple as a dirty air filter, or more complex such as a gas leak. Regular maintenance can help ensure that your entire HVAC system is operating at its best, and that parts are repaired or changed out as needed.
2. Funny Smells
The culprit behind odors in your HVAC system can be from dirty air filters, stagnant water, debris melting on the heat exchanger, or overheated parts. Filters should be changed out regularly to avoid that musty smell.
3. Odd Noises
If your HVAC system starts making noises, it may be time to call in a professional. HVAC systems start making noises when a piece of ductwork has rattled loose, or the fan is loose or broken. At best it might be as simple as tightening a few connections. At worst, it may be time for a new system. If you catch many things early, a simple repair may be all you need.
4. Airflow Inconsistencies
Do you have one employee complaining they are too hot, while someone in another office is complaining about it being too cold? It may not be the differences in body temperature that is the problem. Cracks or leaks in your ductwork can allow air to flow where it shouldn’t be, taking away airflow where it should be. It may be as simple as locating the leaks and fixing the problem.
When was your original equipment installed in your commercial property? How many changes have been made since that time? If your system is too large for the space, it may be running inefficiently. If it’s too small, it will not be able to keep up with demand.
6. Clogs In The Drain Line
The drain line in your HVAC unit routes excess water and condensation away from the equipment. Over time, this drain line can accumulate dirt and biological growth, causing a clog. When this occurs, water backs up into the drain pan, leaks, and starts to cause damage. This drain line should be checked and cleaned regularly to avoid problems.
7. Blown Fuses
To protect the sensitive electrical components of your HVAC system from overheating, fuses are installed in the evaporator coil. If your equipment shuts off unexpectedly, the circuit breaker is the place to start searching for the problem.
8. Lack Of Maintenance
Just like every appliance and piece of equipment in your commercial property, your HVAC system gradually wears out over time. With regular maintenance, you can repair small problems before they become big problems. Most HVAC issues stem from neglect.
When was the last time you had your commercial HVAC system checked?