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Tips for Commercial HVAC Maintenance

As a business owner, keeping your commercial HVAC system working at its best is crucial for productivity and sales. You want to maintain a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for both your team members and your customers. The best way to do this is by keeping up with commercial HVAC maintenance. 

There are steps you can take as a business owner to maintain your unit, but it’s important to invest in professional care, too. If you’ve been looking for commercial HVAC companies in Murietta, you are in the right place. Our team can help with all of your commercial HVAC needs. Keep reading to learn our tips for maintaining your commercial unit.

Change the Filter

One of the best and easiest ways to care for your commercial system is to change out the air filter regularly. If the air filter gets too full of dust and dirt, it can block airflow leading into the system, which in turn reduces the amount of airflow that can be conditioned and returned to your business.

Your air filter will have a rating for how long it should last before needing to be changed. Changing the air filter on time will ensure that your commercial HVAC system always has enough airflow so it doesn’t have to strain to bring more in. It’s easy to think a dirty air filter isn’t a big deal, but it really is. Straining against a clogged air filter can add a lot of wear and tear to the unit, potentially shortening its lifespan.

Watch for Leaks

Your commercial HVAC system has a drip pan underneath the condensate drain line to catch any spillage. But it’s really just a backup. You don’t want any leaks coming out of your condensate drain line, ever. You should check this area regularly to see if there is water in the drip pan. If there is, that means there’s a clog somewhere in the condensate drain line. Clogs can form due to dust buildup, mold growth, or a combination of the two. 

If you have a leak, you may also have a clog that our team needs to calm and break down. After that, we can walk you through the steps to complete that will help prevent clogs from happening again in the future. For example, you can pour vinegar into the condensate drain line to help rinse away dust as well as to destroy mold spores.

Pay Attention to Signs of Problems

It’s equally important to just be aware of how your commercial HVAC system is operating. After some time, you should be pretty familiar with the normal on-and-off cycles and sounds the unit makes. Anything out of the ordinary should be treated as a potential problem.

For example, if your commercial HVAC unit usually has fairly standard cycles and suddenly stays on for longer, or turns on and off frequently, that is a problem. Something is preventing your commercial system from being able to cycle the way it was designed to do. 

This can add strain and potentially even lead to a breakdown because there is a repair need that is not being addressed. You may not know exactly what the problem is, but when you schedule service with our team, we can troubleshoot and figure it out.

Inspect the Ductwork

It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your ductwork. It’s easy for ductwork to shift around since it’s made of a very lightweight material. This also makes it more likely that your ductwork gets damaged. If there are holes in your ductwork, conditioned air is escaping before ever reaching the walls of your business. Your HVAC system is working harder to produce results and consuming more energy.

There’s not much you can do for the ductwork yourself and we encourage you to leave it alone due to its delicate nature. But you can inspect your ductwork regularly and look for signs of shifting or damage. If you notice any, giving our team a call sooner rather than later is a great way to reduce your energy costs. Your ductwork helps to channel air into your business, and it can only do so effectively when it is laid out properly and completely airtight.

Contact RKM Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with us for commercial HVAC maintenance. Done Right, Priced Right.

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