As we get deeper into summer, it’s crucial that your HVAC system is functioning properly, and by evaluating your system’s health regularly, you can save money in the long run by preventing unexpected issues. According to Prestige Air Control (PAC), a residential and commercial HVAC contractor for over thirty years, a preventative maintenance plan is the key to realizing an efficient and reliable system. Let’s take a look at what a preventative maintenance program involves, along with some tips for anticipating and correcting issues with your heating and cooling equipment.
What are some common issues HVAC systems experience, and how can a scheduled maintenance plan help prevent problems and system failures?
In order to keep your air conditioning system operating at peak performance, a preventive maintenance plan is a must. These plans involve inspecting, adjusting and repairing your equipment routinely, helping you catch problems early on so that your system remains efficient and cost-effective. Some of the most pressing problems you can run into, include loss of heat or cool air, reduced efficiency, compressor failures, leaking refrigerant, and motor and bearing malfunctions.
A typical inspection evaluates your system’s electrical connections/components and adjustment controls, and if necessary, will involve lubricating all moving parts to make sure that all components are in place and working properly. By reviewing and running through a comprehensive equipment check list, your scheduled preventative maintenance plan will keep your equipment operating at maximum efficiency.
Here are some items that appear on our commercial checklist:
Checking and cleaning condenser & evaporator coils;
Checking all equipment control circuits;
Replacing filters & belts, if necessary;
Checking equipment mechanical operation;
Examining supply/return shaft bearings;
Reviewing economizer operations;
Inspecting damper linkage;
Inspecting actuator operations;
Evaluating system operating pressures & load amperages;
Checking condenser condition, including fans & props;
Testing system safety controls, including fire smoke damper, fire alarm shutdown & CO2;
Inspecting drain pan condition & condensate drain trap.
Spending a nominal amount on an annual maintenance plan will save you money on your utility bills and repair costs, and many times, these savings can offset the cost of the maintenance plan.
What are some summer maintenance tips for your HVAC system?
Each building’s heating and cooling systems are unique, but there are core components to every system that should be routinely reviewed, repaired or replaced.
With summer upon us, we stress the importance of:
Changing Air Filters
Air Filters should be checked at least once a month. If you notice any dirt, clogging or debris, you should replace them.
Cleaning both Outdoor and Indoor Units
Especially during the summer months, both indoor and outdoor units need to be cleaned due to dust, dirt, leaves, etc. Also, electrical components should be cleaned to avoid any malfunctions or breakdowns.
Checking Condensation Drains
It’s important for condensation drains to be clear of blockages to avoid leaks and other costly problems.
A damaged duct can cause air leaks, making the entire cooling system less efficient and more energy consuming.
What are some ways that commercial tenants can save on energy and improve their system’s efficiency?
Installing and regularly checking the thermostat is our top recommendation. This is a great way to control energy consumption and electricity bill by automating the system’s operating hours and setting desired temperatures. Commercial tenants should also consider setting annual service schedules and performance tune-ups, which include furnace, air conditioner, air handler, and heat pump tune-ups.
Prestige Air Control (PAC) is a residential and commercial HVAC contractor with over 30 years of installation, repair and maintenance experience in the Greater New York region.