HVAC systems are prone to mechanical issues that require repair or even total replacement. Continued use, especially in a commercial setting, could lead to low efficiency and occasional breakdowns. Here are seven common commercial HVAC issues that you may face at your Smithsburg, MD, business and how to avoid them:
Lack of Commercial HVAC Maintenance
Scheduled maintenance by a qualified service technician is essential to keep your system running efficiently. Failure to perform regular maintenance will lead to further expenses due to costly repairs or replacements.
Broken or loose components in your commercial HVAC system may end up making loud and unusual noises. This often leads to distractions and discomfort in your workplace. During a tuneup, a service technician will make sure that all the components are tightly bolted in the system to facilitate efficient operation with minimal noise production.
Without regular system maintenance, you can also expect poor indoor air quality. This may result in bad odors or layers of dust on desks and equipment. Scheduled maintenance ensures that the system is working efficiently to improve the quality of your indoor air.
Dirty Air Filters
Air filters trap dust, dirt and other air pollutants that may trigger allergies or asthma attacks. However, they get quite dirty over time and could develop major clogs. It’s advisable to replace your air filters monthly to prevent system breakdowns.
Dirty air filters make your HVAC system strain while heating or cooling your home. This leads to higher energy consumption and increased monthly power bills. Cleaning or replacing your air filters will help you save money and lower your carbon footprint.
Clogged air filters and duct leaks may also result in an uneven distribution of temperature in your business. If your system struggles to provide adequate heating, you may experience cold and hot spots that cause discomfort. Having a qualified service technician to fix duct leaks and replace air filters will restore temperature consistency in your business.
Dirty Condensers or Evaporator Coils
Dirt and debris can collect in the condenser or evaporator coils. Over time, this will affect the efficiency of your system by increasing wear and tear.
Dirty condensers make your system work harder to cool or heat your business. You can hire a licensed service technician to clean dirty condensers and keep your system at peak performance.
Since your system produces condensate, you need clean drain pipes for proper water drainage. Clogged or cracked drain lines can lead to leaks that may cause water damage to your building. One way to avoid leaks is to have a service technician diagnose and fix any cracks.
Water leaks may also increase the level of moisture in your indoor air, which creates a favorable environment for the growth of biological contaminants. This leads to increased allergy attacks and respiratory illnesses. By fixing water leaks and installing dehumidifiers, you can reduce excess moisture in your indoor air.
Ignition problems are usually caused by a dirty pilot, faulty flame sensor, furnace lockout or delayed ignition of burners. It can also come from a worn-out ignition or gas supply issues. A qualified service technician can troubleshoot your system and identify problems and fix them.
A faulty thermostat can lead to various issues with your system, such as failure to ignite or short cycling. The thermostat may also have dead batteries that require replacement. Switching to a smart thermostat will increase the efficiency of your system, which will provide energy savings.
Blown-Out Fuses or Tripped Breakers
Overworking the blower often leads to a tripped circuit breaker. Blocked airflow, duct leaks, blocked-off air registers and dirty coils cause the system to work harder to heat your business. Having a service technician check your system will help identify any electrical issues that may cause breakdowns.
At Hagerstown Heating & Cooling, we offer professional HVAC and plumbing services. Since our service technicians are highly trained, we can guarantee 100% satisfaction. Contact Hagerstown us today for your commercial HVAC and plumbing needs.
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