Heating and air conditioning systems play an important role in every commercial property. As the HVAC equipment is running around the clock to maintain a comfortable working environment for employees, it costs a lot in energy bills to operate in your average workplace, and that’s before you even consider the cost of maintenance, repairs, and eventually replacements.
The lifespan of HVAC equipment can vary significantly depending on how well maintained they are. With regular maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of the equipment, often getting as much as 10-20 years from the system if cared for properly. This means you can save a significant amount of money by taking the time to maintain the system, which is a lot easier than most assume!
Here are 4 maintenance tips for your commercial HVAC equipment to help increase its lifespan:
Regularly Inspect and Clean Filters
Filters in the AC and heat pump need to be regularly cleaned, usually every 1-3 months, so always ensure that they are properly cleaned.
Take the time to inspect them for damage while cleaning too, as a broken filter will have an adverse effect on the entire HVAC system, so could seriously shorten its lifespan if left unchecked.
You want to remove all dirt, debris, and dust from the filter, otherwise the system isn’t as efficient at removing airborne particles, while potentially damaging other parts of the equipment and causing it to fail.
Check Over the Heating Components
There are various heating components you’ll want to check over, as they can pose a serious fire hazard if not properly in place – nothing shortens the lifespan of a HVAC system like it catching fire. More importantly, this can pose a serious health risk to employees, so don’t overlook this!
Check the connections for the gas/oil components of the equipment, along with the gas pressure, heat exchanger, and burner combustion. Make sure all connections are safely in place and there are not cracks or other signs of damage, while it’s a good idea to clean the burner too.
Make sure you complete this maintenance before turning the heating on!
Clean Around the Condenser
Always make sure to regularly clean around the condensing unit, which is susceptible to blockages from loose debris because it is outdoors. Inspect it for signs of damage too, as the elements can often cause damage that will lead to more serious issues down the line, which can get even worse if left unchecked.
Also, give the unit a good clean and cut back any nearby growth, as it requires breathing space so it may not work as efficiently if there is too much foliage nearby.
Arrange for Annual HVAC Inspection
While you can conduct a lot of maintenance yourself, it’s always recommended that you arrange for at least one annual HVAC inspection. By letting a professional check over all the equipment, you’ll sooner spot any small issues that can have a more significant impact on the performance and durability of the system.
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