Prep for Summer – The Essential Commercial Air Conditioner Maintenance Checklist
The rain may be bringing you down, but summer is around the corner which means your commercial air conditioner is about to start working overtime. No matter what your business is, having your AC unit quit in the middle of a hot summer day is not enjoyable for anyone in the building and can be expensive when you need an emergency call. To avoid this, performing seasonal maintenance on your AC unit before the heat of summer hits is a wise decision. Here are our tips on the essential commercial air conditioner maintenance you should have performed on your unit.
Schedule Your Seasonal Maintenance
The first step is simple – you need to have your seasonal maintenance appointment on the books. It can be easy to let the hustle and bustle of work prevent you from giving a commercial HVAC company a call, but it is important to get it scheduled before the summer season arrives. Not only should you schedule your spring maintenance, but you should also continue to schedule regular preventive maintenance on your commercial air conditioner.
The benefits include greater energy efficiency, lower energy bills, and less money you have to spend unexpectedly in your budget when a major break happens. Talk to your HVAC contractor about a preventive maintenance schedule based on how your system is acting up.
If you are worried about the cost associated with maintaining your commercial system because of the many problems the unit is having, it may be time to upgrade your system. Over time, companies find that they spend as much on maintenance over a couple of years as they do if they had just bought a new air conditioning unit for their commercial property! Consider upgrading if costs begin rising.
Change Air Filters
Outside of actually booking your appointment, changing your air filters is one of the most basic things you can do to keep your air conditioning unit running effectively and efficiently all year long. It is absolutely vital you change filters that have been in place since winter and you might want to consider changing them more frequently in the spring and fall due to the poor outdoor air quality with allergens and dust.
You will want to change your filters during the summer as well, especially if you opt for more cost effective filters. However, if you invest in higher quality filters, they will be able to last longer in your vents without needing to be changed. When you neglect changing your filters, your indoor air quality will suffer and your system will have to work harder, increasing the risk for a repair.
Clean Condenser Coils
The coils are a very important part of your commercial air conditioner system that are also one of the most easily overlooked components of AC unit maintenance. When you regularly clean your condenser coils, you can prevent long term damage to your AC system and can save a huge amount of energy over the years. Cleaning the coils can be as simple as power washing a rooftop commercial air conditioner system, but it is always better to have a professional look at it before you begin performing maintenance yourself.