10 common commercial HVAC problems
Managing a commercial space has a lot of working parts. Your employees and customers are likely to alert you as soon as they notice a heating or cooling problem. Luckily, the Commercial Services team at Forrest Anderson has been specially trained to fix your commercial HVAC problems so we can take some of the pressure off of you.
A working air conditioner is mandatory during our 110-degree summer days. A commercial HVAC unit is typically much larger than what you’ll find in your home because it has a lot more space to cool. Just like your home unit, commercial systems range in size and features. Some key elements of a commercial HVAC include:
More wires and complex parts
Modular system to allow for fluctuating company needs
While the idea of heating and cooling a building remains the same between a business and a home, the building structures are often very different. The HVAC system and delivery of air need to reflect the differences. Clean air at a comfortable temperature is important for workplace safety and satisfaction.
Commercial HVAC Problems: What Can Go Wrong?
Commercial heating and cooling systems are designed to provide reliable operation for a long time. Just like anything in your business, eventually, things will need repairs. Here are a few of the commercial HVAC problems you may encounter.
Age. Commercial HVAC systems have a lifespan. Over time, any number of components – belts, bearings, motors – can begin to fail. Regular maintenance and repair can keep these in optimal condition for as long as possible.
Circuit breaker. If something blocks the airflow, your unit’s blower may work overtime and end up tripping the breaker.
Dirty condenser. Clogged or dirty evaporator coils can significantly reduce HVAC efficiency.
Dirty filters. Commercial HVAC filters should be changed regularly. During the summer, you should replace them monthly. Depending on your type of business, you may want to change your filters as frequently as once per month year round. Dirty filters can restrict airflow or cause the system to overheat.
Ignition. Normal use and age can degrade burners, flame sensors, or the pilot light. Regular maintenance can help these last as long as possible.
Minimal maintenance. You can avoid many problems when you partner with a local HVAC company for regular maintenance. During your bi-annual maintenance, your technician will check, inspect, and test your system to ensure everything is ready to work as the new season approaches.
Noises. Strange noises coming from your HVAC unit are its way of calling for help! If you hear an unusual screeching, popping, or banging noise coming from your system, it’s worth investigating right away. A service technician can diagnose and repair the problem.
Nonstop blower. If the thermostat is set to the “auto” position and you hear the blower running nonstop, your fan may be stuck.
Thermostats. Drained batteries are often the cause of commercial thermostat problems. If you haven’t replaced your batteries in a while, it may be time. Many manufacturers recommend changing the batteries once per year, or sooner if the low battery indicator appears on your digital display.