Warning Signs Your Commercial AC System Is In Trouble
Commercial HVAC systems are under a lot more stress than what you’ll find in a home. In order to continuously provide properly conditioned air, the system circulates between heating and cooling, depending on the needs. The process can sometimes switch daily between the two, adjusting for the conditions of the day.
All of that demand increases wear and tear on the system. Demand and age both play a factor in how long the equipment will last.
If you don’t keep an eye out for the warning signs that every system presents from time to time, you may find yourself blindsided with a system that stops working altogether.
What should you look for?
High Operating Costs
We come to expect monthly utility bills to be at a certain level. When they are higher than expected, it’s time to start questioning why. If your monthly cooling bills rise for no apparent reason, it’s a good idea to call in a technician to check the system. It could be something as simple as a clogged air filter. Catching it early means minor maintenance as opposed to a major repair.
If your air conditioner isn’t producing cooled air at the same rate as you are used to, there could be a number of problems impacting it. Refrigerant leaks can drain the system of the fluid it needs to operate. Air handler issues can cause the system to stop circulating airflow. A trained professional can investigate and discover where the issues are.
In the case of your cooling equipment, noises can be your friend. When you hear a clunk, a chirp, or a ping, it’s the systems way of telling you something is wrong. The more you ignore it, the more damage can occur. Gurgling noises may be telling you there’s a leak in the refrigerant line. A grinding noise may be due to bearings failing in the motor. By fixing it early, you may be able to prevent further damage, having to repair a part instead of replacing it altogether.
Is your commercial AC system ready for the summer season?