Commercial Air Conditioning Systems rarely have a day off with the typical system running an average 10-12 hours a day. Like any mechanical system, an Air Con unit is built to last for years and to operate for long hours on a daily basis, it is not impervious to wear and tear, decreasing its overall efficiency.
According to air conditioning manufacturers, routine maintenance or air con systems can help maintain up to 95 per cent of its original operational efficiency and performance. This leads to a range of benefits – from better energy efficiency to lower humidity levels and fewer repairs.
As such, it is recommended to regularly have your commercial air con system serviced by a certified HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) provider but, in between these services, simple maintenance checks can be carried out by yourself. In doing so, you can save yourself a lot of time, money and stress by ensuring your premises is always the correct temperature.
Here we will be discussing some helpful tips when it comes to the commercial air conditioning repair and maintenance.
Why Regular Air Con Maintenance is Important
The maintenance of Commercial Air Conditioning systems is important for many reasons, with the first being the ability to ensure your premises is sufficiently heated or cooled when necessary.
By being proactive in your system maintenance you will ultimately avoid incurring large call out charges for immediate servicing from a HVAC expert on top of the massive cost of potentially replacing your entire system.
By taking the time to notice any wear and tear on your system you will only need to pay for regular a servicing of your systems. HVAC servicing by an accredited industry professional will help you in detecting any problems before they turn into something much worse by replacing failing parts if necessary.
How to Spot Potential Problems with your Air Con
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive states that from January 2011 it is mandatory for Air Conditioning Systems of 12kW and above to have a regular inspection programme in place.
There are a number of AC issues to keep an eye out for with your system which will tell you if there is a potential problem. The first will be the efficiency of your system which will be evident if you air conditioning is taking longer than usual to reach the desired temperature.
At the same time, you may notice that your system is taking much more time to cool down after it has been turned off. These issues are symptomatic of there being an issue internally or externally. Whilst it is always advised to call out a HVAC specialist such as Sovereign Planned Services Ltd, in these situations to fully assess your system and find where the problem stems from, there are some things you can do first.
Start by checking the external air ducts on the system for any dust, dirt or debris that may be blocking the air flow and decreasing your systems efficiency. Ensure that there are no physical objects surrounding the system on the exterior portion of your system- sometimes weeds and other plants may be blocking air flow from the outside.
But most importantly, listen to your system, with the air conditioning being used continuously throughout the day you will learn which noises are normal and which aren’t. It is important to share this information with your chosen HVAC expert as it may provide them with a better direction to resolving the internal issue.