With the arrival of spring, many businesses are getting ready to do some much needed spring cleaning. While you’re getting everything looking shipshape for a busy spring and summer, take the time to make sure your HVAC system is functioning at peak performance. There’s nothing worse than having a busy day with customers and clients at your office or retail location when suddenly your air conditioning cuts out. It’s more than just uncomfortable, it will probably end up losing you some valuable business as customers leave your location to seek out a cooler establishment to shop, eat, or do business.
Most people aren’t thinking too much about their air conditioning in early spring, since it’s usually so nice outside that you don’t need it yet. In fact, most people just turn their HVAC system off completely until the heat of summer starts to set in. This is the perfect time to call your local HVAC service provider, and have them inspect your equipment to make sure everything is working properly before that first summer heat wave.
While everyone should get their HVAC systems serviced in the spring, it’s especially important for businesses. Customers won’t think twice about leaving your business if it’s hot and stuffy due to an AC failure, and it could cost you a huge chunk of your maintenance budget if that failure results in having to replace your HVAC unit.
Here’s a basic list of the things you should ask your HVAC provider to check on as a part of their service call:
Condenser Unit Coils
Many times in the fall and winter, leaves and other plant debris will clog up the coils in your HVAC’s condenser unit, causing it to work harder than it should. If you live in an area that has frequent winter storms, this should be an especially important part of your service inspection, as snow and ice put extra pressure on your condenser unit. The technicians should remove debris from around your coils, straighten out any bends that may have developed due to undue pressure, and clean them up with soapy water. This will ensure that your condenser unit will function efficiently during the hot summer months.
Refrigerant is what your HVAC system uses to cool the air it pumps into your home. If your system has low levels of refrigerant it could indicate that it has developed a leak. Have your service technician check the whole system to make sure that any leaks have been dealt with before they refill it with refrigerant, otherwise the new refrigerant will just leak out and you’ll have to call them again.
Changing your air filters is something that you can (and should) do on your own. It depends what kind of filters you are using to determine how often you’ll need to change them out. Fiberglass and Charcoal filters only last about a month, where pleated filters can last about three months. Replacing your filters is imperative for keeping your HVAC system running efficiently. Dirty filters make your system work harder and don’t control airborne pollutants as well as filters that are regularly replaced.
It’s not uncommon for rats and mice to seek shelter inside of your HVAC unit during the winter months, so have technicians look for any signs of rodent nesting. If there are signs of a nest, check the wiring thoroughly to make sure there aren’t any chewed wires or broken connections that could cause problems down the road.
Drain lines, Blower Fan, and Evaporator Coils
Over the course of the winter, these components often get clogged up with bits of mold, mineral deposits, dust, or other debris. Have your technician run a full check on each of these components and remove any blockages to ensure proper drainage and airflow.
By scheduling a spring service call for your business’s HVAC system, you’re setting yourself up for a great summer season. It may be the sort of thing that once you do it, you completely forget about it, and that’s how you want your AC to be, consistent and reliable. It’s much better to take the time to deal with it now than to go through the trouble of having a failure later in the season that could cost you valuable revenue.