6 Signs Your Commercial HVAC Needs Repairs
Does your air conditioning not cool the office down the way it should? Is your workday distracted by loud noises? Your commercial HVAC might need these repairs.
The funny thing about commercial HVAC systems is that they work just great -- until they don't work at all. Then, it's not funny anymore.
Employees or customers become so uncomfortable that nothing gets done. Sweat begins dripping until keyboards begin shorting out.
Worse, major HVAC equipment failure causes more than a mere loss of attendance. Servers and or other sensitive equipment can fail due to excessive heat or cold, or the temps can cause significant damage.
Both uncomfortable and expensive, the screeching halt of business can be prevented by paying your commercial HVAC some attention. If sudden changes in your HVAC are noticeable, chances are good it is trying to tell you something.
There are some common issues to recognize long before major repairs are required.
Here are a few signs to look for:
Your Monthly Utility Bill Requires Financing
Just as your employees earn more money with more work, so does your HVAC. If you see your monthly bill skyrocketing suddenly, it is telling you it's working too hard to maintain the 70-72 degree sweet spot.
It could be a simple fix. Sometimes thermostats are the culprit. It may also be a signal it is time for routine maintenance.
And, if your system is more than a few years old, it may be time for an upgrade or retrofit. But chances are excellent that waiting too long will render bigger and more expensive problems later.
Spooky Noises are Scaring Everyone
Everyone knows normal HVAC-speak. The clicking when the unit is turned on. The silence after it shuts down. Air rushing through vents.
But, if squeaking, grinding, or loud bangs become part of your commercial HVAC unit's language, there's something wrong.
This sure sign should not be ignored. If your HVAC is speaking, listen. And, when relaying the annoying sound to a professional, don't hold back. Chances are they've heard it before.
Off the Charts Complaining Throughout the Building
Commercial HVAC units are supposed to take the heat out of the air in summer and heat the air in the winter. Throughout the entire building.
Of course, one person's 70 degrees is another person's sauna. Most business owners know that you can't please everyone with one comfortable temperature.
And, moving a worker away or closer to a vent usually works. But, if the complaining becomes widespread and louder, it's time to check flow and air temperature.
Typically a quick check will find the problem. Hopefully, before the employees start an uprising.
The Conference Room is Sweating
Commercial HVAC is designed to maintain temperature through every square inch of your property.
If there are rooms, offices, or even restrooms which feel hot, cold, muggy or otherwise much different, there may be something going on.
Normal airflow can become blocked. Vents may be blocked from the inside. Insulation can move during high winds or become unattached.
And, a fairly easy inspection might reveal a duct issue which needs sealing. More simply, it may just be a finicky thermostat. But, it's important to find the issue. This is a strong signal from your commercial HVAC that all is not well.
Breathing Shouldn't Be This Difficult
Though we can't see air, it can sometimes reveal itself in significant ways. Allergies, illness, excessive dust or debris, and dirty air registers is a sure sign there's more to the air than just oxygen.
And, all the airborne junk is filtering through the HVAC system hundreds of times a day. This can clog up moving parts like nobody's business and cause more than a mere sinus headache later on.
It may be the unit needs a good cleaning, including the Ductwork. The system requires outside air, but your HVAC system should be able to filter much of the dust if it's working properly.
In addition, the dust has a nasty habit of becoming home to mold. The more dust, the more likely those nasty spores will move in.
And, all they need is a little bit of moisture to feed them into an infestation.
What is That Green Slime on the Ceiling?
Mold spores are some of the worst air pirates in the world. And, they are capable of doubling in size in less than one day.
Plundering clean and safe air is this scalawag's idea of a great time. If there is visible mold around the commercial HVAC unit itself, congratulations.
You already know there's a problem. Mold likes to hide, so finding black "dust" on furniture or equipment tells you it's likely made a home in the system somewhere.
To further keep you off your game, it comes in a wide variety of colors, too. White, green, or gray stains around vents should be an alert there's something more than air flowing in.
This can not only be cleaned out, but ductwork can be treated with a coating so it won't return. This is also a good time to make sure condensation is exiting properly.
Recycling excess water into the system is an open invitation for full-on spore party. And, serious illness can occur for anyone breathing near this bacteria soiree.
A Professional Speaks Commercial HVAC Language
There are more components to an HVAC system than most people realize. And moving parts which only work their best when they're in top shape.
And, in time, they will wear down. However, routine maintenance is the best defense against losing efficiency and facing very costly repairs.
Two of the major reasons for an under-performing HVAC system is lack of care or a unit that was not correctly fitted for size in the first place.
It is imperative that any issue is addressed quickly and expertly by those who have a long record in commercial units. With a 35-year record serving the Waco area, we've helped businesses just like yours with nearly every issue.
From whole unit design and installation to planned maintenance schedules, we are here to share our experience with you.
Just as you plan for your business, we plan to address the worry of unplanned, expensive repairs. Call or contact us today!