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What to Know About Your Commercial HVAC Preventative Maintenance Agreement

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Your HVAC installation required careful measurement of your facility, taking into account your specific heating and cooling needs. Our goal with any install is to ensure that your system is simple, intuitive, quiet and delivers you unprecedented control and efficiency.

Along the way, budget, safety and efficiency are taken into consideration. With options that include rooftop units, packaged air conditioners, and geothermal systems there are many options to choose from for your business.

Other options that can bring savings to many facilities include:

  • Building automation for precise, timed, direct control that also reduces the risk you take on with heating and cooling in your building
  • Cooling towers that can be applied in settings where excess heat needs to be removed from the building in an efficient manner
  • Make-up air systems to ensure efficient ventilation in your building
  • Chilled water systems that can bring cooling costs down for some buildings
  • Modern boilers for greater comfort and efficiency
  • Air rotation systems to condition the air, helping you to improve air flow and air quality

Whether or not you’ve gotten a new heating and cooling system installed recently at your place of business, you want to be sure that your HVAC preventative maintenance agreement is working for you. The agreement should be able to help your system work efficiently (which means cost savings), help extend the life of your system, and it will help you keep your employees and/or customers as safe as possible. Here are 3 must-know tips related to your ongoing maintenance that you should know.

1. Keep your staff informed

Depending on the nature of your business, you may want to be sure that all employees are knowledgeable about the proper maintenance of your HVAC equipment. For some businesses, that won’t be necessary and only a site manager or building manager will need to know this information. If there is only one person in the business that knows what the proper ongoing maintenance looks like, be sure to get that person to share this information so that others can take on the tasks, as needed, in the future.

2. Keep your log

Along the same lines, be sure whoever is in charge of making sure the HVAC maintenance happens is also documenting that ongoing maintenance. Whether it be changing out the air filters or your inspections by a Greater Comfort technician, you want to be sure that the regular maintenance you are implementing is also recorded.

As obvious as it may sound, make sure that whoever is frequently on-site (whether that be a facility manager or just a general manager of the business) knows enough about the heating and cooling system to be able to look up and attest to this history/log associated with the system, when possible. Having a log of your past, ongoing maintenance can only help them as well as the technicians that come to your business.

3. Make sure your maintenance activities add-up

Any maintenance plan needs to reflect your system and your building’s unique needs. Think of maintenance on your heating and cooling system as a money-saver since it helps you avoid emergencies and other costly repairs that can also put people’s safety at risk.

See which of the following your spring tune-up includes:

  • Replacing your filters
  • Checking of safety controls
  • Checking condition of belts and pulleys
  • Replacement of any parts that are worn out (including belts or pulleys)
  • Cleaning of the condenser and evaporator coils
  • Examination of refrigerant charge and inspect for leaks if charge is low
  • Clearing drain lines and pans
  • Making sure electrical connections are working properly
  • Checking your fan and blower motor
  • Inspection of ignition and burner assembly
  • Lubrication of motors, bearings and other moving parts
  • Blowing out all condensate drains for debris and verifying proper operation
  • Compressor amp draws, Condenser fan amp draws
  • Evaporator temperature drop and evaporator fan moto amp draws
  • Looking for other efficiency gains
  • General condition of ductwork (1)

See which of the following your fall tune up should include:

  • Ensure that thermostats are working properly (and fix if not)
  • Replacing your filters
  • Checking of safety controls
  • Checking condition of belts and pulleys
  • Replacement of any parts that are worn out (including belts or pulleys)
  • Checking your heat exchanger
  • Clearing drain lines and pans
  • Inspection of flue and fresh air make–up
  • Cleaning of your flame rod (if applicable)
  • Making sure electrical connections are working properly
  • Checking your fan and blower motor
  • Inspection of ignition and burner assembly
  • Lubrication of motors, bearings and other moving parts
  • Inspection of your heat exchanger
  • Verify proper manifold gas pressure
  • Looking for other efficiency gains
  • General condition of ductwork (1)

Your Go-to Commercial HVAC Technicians

Whatever your commercial HVAC needs are, know that Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you. We’ve installed, maintained and repaired more than 25,000 HVAC systems in our 27-year history. Contact Greater Comfort today to learn more at 859-491-4915.

Sources

  1. http://aristair.com/blog/the-ultimate-commercial-hvac-preventative-maintenance-checklist/
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