Business owners invest a lot of money to ensure that their buildings remain cool and comfortable during the hotter months of the year. Despite the cost or quality of your commercial air conditioning unit, to achieve efficient performance the system must have proper maintenance. AC system maintenance involves a number of essential steps to keep the unit clean, free of clogs, and in overall good working condition. Commercial air conditioning units tend to be much larger and more complex than their residential counterparts; therefore, most business owners rely on HVAC companies to maintain their cooling systems.
Here is a look at some important maintenance tasks that should be completed on a regular basis to maintain the efficiency and performance of your commercial AC unit.
Change Air Filters Consistently
One of the most important and easiest maintenance tasks that you can perform on your commercial air conditioning unit is the changing of the air filters. Air filters are what trap dirt, dust, and other debris that may be airborne in your building. If these particles are not filtered, they can impact the air quality in the building and contribute to various respiratory illnesses.
Disposable air filters should be replaced approximately every one to three months. It is recommended to replace these more often if you have a large building, during allergy season, or if you notice that your air filters are dirty more often. When replacing the air filter in your commercial AC unit, be sure that the filter is the correct size and that it matches the required airflow of the system.
Check Drainage Pipes
Air conditioning systems work in a unique way by extracting warm air from inside of your building and pushing cool air into the space. Along with warm air, it also removes moisture; over time, the condensate line drains in your AC system can accumulate mold, algae, and other debris. If you fail to properly clean these drainage pipes on a regular basis, they can become clogged causing your air conditioning unit to stop working efficiently or shut down completely.
You can determine if the cooling system’s condensate line is clogged by simply checking the drip pan. The drip pan can usually be found below the indoor AC unit. If there is water present in the drip pan, there is a high chance that the condensate line has a clog that needs to be removed.
Install an Efficient Thermostat
When something goes wrong with an air conditioning unit, most people assume that it is the cooling system itself. However, this is not always the case; sometimes the cause of the problem is the thermostat. A malfunctioning thermostat can cause a wide variety of problems, such as short-cycling and uneven cooling. You may notice people in your building complaining that it is too hot or too cold, or that some rooms cool better than others. The thermostat could be to blame.
To determine if the thermostat is functioning properly, see if the thermostat settings match up with the actual temperature in the room. If there is a clear difference, this may indicate that the thermostat should be repaired or replaced. If you have an outdated thermostat, consider upgrading to a more efficient model. Modern digital thermostats can be automated to save you money on cooling costs over time.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
Tune-ups are an excellent way to keep your commercial air conditioning unit running smoothly throughout the hottest months of the year. During a typical tune-up, your HVAC contractor will inspect all components of your cooling system to ensure that there are no parts that need to be repaired or replaced. In addition, the contractor will lubricate all moving parts and provide any necessary cleaning. An annual maintenance plan with a local HVAC company can help ensure that your AC unit remains in the best condition possible.
During your scheduled annual maintenance, you can expect your HVAC professional to perform a variety of tasks. These may include checking the duct system, replacing belts, cleaning the ignition switches, draining the condensate lines and drip pan, testing safety controls, inspecting the compressor, checking the refrigerant level, and reviewing the control box to ensure that everything is working correctly.
Talk to Cool Works for More Information
You rely on your commercial air conditioning unit throughout the summer months to keep you and those in your building cool and comfortable. Maintenance is an important part of keeping your AC system running efficiently. If you have not already, consider scheduling annual maintenance with a reputable HVAC company. For more information on how to maintain your commercial air conditioning unit or to schedule service with an experienced HVAC professional, reach out to the cooling experts at Cool Works Co.