5 Warning Signs You Need Commercial HVAC Maintenance

commercial hvac maintenanceKeeping your HVAC system operating at peak efficiency is a crucial part of maintaining your commercial space. If your HVAC system starts to malfunction, it can quickly render your facility, office or server room unusable. By taking a proactive approach with commercial HVAC maintenance, you make serious problems less likely.

Let’s look at some important signs your HVAC system needs help:

1) Difficulty Maintaining the Right Temperature

The most obvious sign that something might be wrong is simple: The system doesn’t work right! As components wear out, they work harder to perform basic functions. Ultimately, the whole system runs longer, but is less efficient – so target temperatures are harder to reach and maintain. If the HVAC system always seems to be cycling, it’s a sign.

2) Sluggish System Startup or Command Acceptance

A HVAC system contains many important parts that all have to work together. One of the most crucial is the thermostat. It relays your commands to the other components so you can get the performance you want. A thermostat can break down independently of anything else – leaving the system unable to implement instructions or interpret them correctly.

3) Poor Ventilation in Some or All Served Areas

The function of the HVAC isn’t just to moderate temperature, but to ensure proper ventilation. If ventilation isn’t managed properly, the air inside a building can actually be more polluted than the air outside! When just a few areas of the building are stuffy or stale, it can offer clues as to where air flow might be blocked off in the ducts.

4) Foul Smells

Ventilation issues can strike an entire building at once and be accompanied by odd odors. These might smell metallic, oily, or have an unidentified pungent odor. This can indicate that there are major blockages throughout the ductwork and that most or all air filters need to be replaced. It could also indicate a short or other severe electrical problem.

5) Higher Than Usual Operating Costs

No matter the size of your environment, your HVAC system is one of the major contributors to your electric bill. As systems age, they naturally become less efficient. However, if you notice a big spike or a faster than usual increase in costs over a three-month period, a mechanical issue is likely at fault. The entire system should be inspected and any issues resolved.

Donnelly Mechanical Helps You Get to the Bottom of Your HVAC System Issues

A good commercial HVAC maintenance plan is essential to cost-effective system operation. The longer a small problem goes unresolved, the more likely it is to become a big one. Unfortunately, the signs can be subtle – so experts should check a system regularly.

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6 thoughts on “5 Warning Signs You Need Commercial HVAC Maintenance

  1. It’s interesting that a sluggish HVAC system might require repair. It makes sense that if the system is sluggish or slow, there might be a problem with some sort of sensor or readout. I’ll have to remember this for my system because I need to have it repaired before it gets too hot.

  2. I do like that foul smells makes it on to the list here because that is a huge problem for commercial hvac systems. After all, you don’t want to be blowing smelly air out to your employees and customers. Instead, if your air conditioning is emitting a foul odor then you want to turn it off and call for repairs as soon as possible.

  3. You brought up a great point about how in any space your HVAC system contributes to your heating bill and when it isn’t working properly those amounts can climb. It seems like a lot of businesses already have quite a few overhead costs and that simply having their system maintained would really help keep those rates down. I don’t personally own a commercial business but I think anyone that does would be wise to have their system maintained regularly.

  4. An HVAC system is incredibly important to the commercial building it supports so it definitely pays to know when it needs repairs. I particularly like that your article brings up foul smells as one of the big warning signs. After all, you do not want these foul smells leaking out into your office building or store so you need to get it repaired as soon as possible.

  5. I appreciate you mentioning having problems with maintaining the right temperature all around. My sister was telling me that her office has some rooms that are always too hot and others that are the opposite. It’s definitely something to keep your eye out for.

  6. I’m glad you pointed out that if a commercial heating system isn’t properly ventilating the are, the air quality indoors could end up becoming worse than outside. I’ve noticed the air in my office building has felt a bit stale lately. I’ll definitely suggest we get the furnace looked at to make sure everything’s still ventilating properly!

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