Commercial HVAC System Preventative Maintenance

23 March 2023

The main purpose of commercial buildings is to provide a space for major business operations. These buildings, when retrofitted and renovated, can cater to various retail establishments and food service businesses. They can also house offices that intend to support the operations of companies from various industries.

And to make sure that they can operate optimally, they should be equipped with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. An HVAC system is essential to these buildings as its components can provide an optimised environment for employees and customers or visitors. By providing warm or cool air to various rooms and spaces, people inside these buildings can feel comfortable. Proper ventilation is also provided by the system, making sure that people can be protected from getting diseases or illnesses.

HVAC System Maintenance is Essential

If you are currently managing a commercial building, you must always make sure that your HVAC system will be in great condition. One way to achieve this is to have it maintained regularly. Preventative maintenance is a type of maintenance work that should be implemented with your HVAC system to prevent any costly and untimely issues from occurring. It can also help maintain the reputation of the building and the businesses inside the property. Preventative maintenance can likewise lower energy consumption.

Maintaining Commercial HVAC System

There are numerous steps involved in carrying out this type of maintenance to your commercial HVAC system. These steps are as follows.

  • Change the Air Filters: Before the air filters of your commercial HVAC system deteriorate completely, you must ensure that they are already replaced before that happens to prevent any airflow restrictions during your building operations. Checking them once every three months or lower can be done to see if they are already bombarded with dirt, dust, and many more. If yes, you must change them right away.
  • Inspect the System: Aside from your air filters, you must also inspect your HVAC system components visually. Sometimes, the best way to know if your system components are still working is to check their external condition. Once you have detected some rust, leaks, or cracks, you must have them fixed by professionals as soon as possible. Proper cleaning may also be done if some leaves, sticks, and mould have blocked the vents.
  • Clean the Coils: The evaporator and condenser coils of your air conditioning system are often exposed to the air being circulated in and out of your building. Since the air can sometimes be dirty, some of its elements may be deposited on the coils. Therefore, you must have them cleaned at least once a year with the help of commercial coil cleaners and pressurised air. Professionals can also be hired to carry this task out.
  • Clear Drainage Lines: Similar to the coils, the drainage lines of your HVAC system can also be bombarded with dirty elements like mould and dirt. They can also be filled with bacteria, algae, and other microbes. As they accumulate over time, they can eventually block the lines, preventing water vapour from leaving your property. Having the drains cleared with the right tools is needed to maintain proper egress of the water vapour.
  • Recalibrate the HVAC Units: The operation of your HVAC system units may be adjusted according to the needs of your building. However, as the season changes, their settings may have to be adjusted again to make them effective. As part of preventative maintenance, you may want to recalibrate your system bi-annually so that its components can work well during seasonal and temperature changes. Doing this can also save you some energy.

Preventative HVAC maintenance is needed to make sure that the operations of your commercial building can continue for a long time without worrying about untimely downtimes.

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