The Most Common Commercial HVAC Problems and How To Fix Them
Your commercial heating and cooling system do more than keep temperatures at a consistent level. It creates a comfortable, productive work space for your tenants or employees. If it’s not working correctly, you’ll be the first to know with frustrated calls and emails.
The most common commercial HVAC problems aren’t things that appear only once in a while. You’ve probably had complaints about these items this year. Here’s a list and what you can do to fix them.
How many phone calls do you get saying the office is freezing, followed by another one telling you the space is too hot? This is often the result of leaks in your ductwork. If the ventilation system has leaks or cracks, it’s pushing air to places it shouldn’t be going. That means it isn’t properly heating and cooling the spaces evenly throughout your building. When you fix the leaks and repair the ventilation system, you’ll have more evenly conditioned airflow.
What’s that clink, bang, or pop? Some noises are normal; you’ll hear sounds as your HVAC turns on for the first time. But those tiny clanks you hear throughout the cycle might be a sign of something bigger. Maybe a tiny piece chipped off a fan blade, and it’s rattling around in the duct work. Or perhaps a bolt came loose, and joints are no longer solidly fit together. The only way to find out what’s causing that noise is to have one of our trained technicians investigate and fix the problems before they grow into something bigger.
Does your HVAC system run more than it should? Does it seem to cycle on and off, over and over again? That could be a sign your equipment is too large or too small for your commercial space. If the system is too large, it will operate inefficiently. If it’s too small, it won’t be able to heat or cool the space properly. The only way to fix this problem is to install properly sized equipment.
Drain line problems
The drain line routes excess moisture away from the HVAC unit. Over time, a drain line can clog with dirt, algae, and other debris. When this happens, the drain line clogs, can cause water to back up in the drain pan, leak and cause potential water damage. Periodic checks and cleaning is the best way to keep this problem at bay.
Lack of maintenance
All HVAC systems need periodic maintenance to keep it working its best. If you ignore your furnace and air conditioner and choose to only repair when you have visible signs of a problem, you risk shortening the life of your equipment. A maintenance contract ensures small problems don’t develop into larger ones, and provides routine inspections to ensure your HVAC system is always operating at its best.