Every business owner wants their business to prosper, and they have to take certain steps to succeed. Just as a business owner maintains spreadsheets, heating and air systems need to be maintained as well. Regular maintenance on heating and cooling systems will take the worry out of system failure, which can happen often.
Maintaining your HVAC system is a ‘business step’ you must take to keep your home comfortable each and every year. There are several ways to avoid calling a HVAC company to come out to repair your unit time and time again, and not having to replace parts or a whole system.
Filters are a small, but vital part of the heating and cooling system. Filters are what help keep the air clean. If they become too obstructed with dust and dirt, they can prevent the system from working properly, and will create poor air quality for family and friends in your home. Monthly filter changes are essential, to keep peace of mind, that the system will be working properly.
Check Drain Pans and Drain Lines
Proper condensate should flow out of the system, and not in or near the building. If this happens it can create structural damage to the building. Quarterly check the drain pans and drain lines to insure that all condensate is flowing out properly.
Checking belts routinely will help make sure they are not too tight, or on the verge of breaking. Belts keep the heating and air process running smoothly. If they are damaged it could cost a hefty amount of money to fix. Of course, and not being able to run the system can be detrimental for the business.
Dirt and debris can build up on the coils on the unit outside. This can cause the internal system to run slower, generating higher utility bills, and slower heat and air turnout. Annually check the coil, to insure that it is good and clean. Use a water hose to spray off dirt and debris. It is as simple as that, to keep hefty HVAC maintenance fees from skyrocketing.
Check Refrigeration Levels
The refrigerant is essential to the air throughout the business. Refrigerant is what helps air flow. If the refrigerant is low, it can cause the system to be slow, or quit. Check refrigerant levels often, if it is low, there could be a leak. Leaks need to be found and fixed, to avoid loss of refrigerant. Generally refrigerant levels should be checked during spring before it starts getting too hot, and it is not too cold to check.
There are several other things that can be done to insure proper heat and air functions. In the winter do not set heat too high; it will put strain on the system, and vice versa for the summer. Always try to keep the system on the same temperature and avoid turning the thermostat up and down throughout the day. Opening doors occasionally will air out the business to keep new air coming in. Make sure that all the vents are open, and unobstructed. Make sure that the ventilation is flowing properly by putting your hand over them to feel for air. Check ground wires to make sure that rodents have not chewed on them. This can cause the system to fail, and can be costly, if you do not know where the problem is coming from.
If these checklists are followed with routine maintenance, the heating and air system should perform very well. All it takes is a few simple steps, to insure that any home is well heated and cooled.