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Your Fall Checklist for Commercial HVAC Maintenance

Football season is finally here! Whether in the waiting room at a doctor’s office or a packed sports bar during the big game, you don’t have to look far to see fans sporting their favorite team jerseys.

Just like in football, the best offense is a good defense when it comes to HVAC maintenance. For business owners, preparing for possible HVAC malfunctions is always better than reacting to a system failure. Maintaining your heating and cooling system will improve its efficiency, increase its lifespan, and help keep money in your bank account.

As we head into the cooler months in Clay County, add these items to your business’s HVAC maintenance checklist.

Change air filters

Air filters are an HVAC’s first line of defense against airborne contaminants and debris from entering the ducts and system. Clogged and dirty air filters can cause your unit to work too hard, resulting in higher utility bills and a building that’s never cool enough. Change your air filters every 60 to 90 days, depending on your HVAC system and type of filters, or with the change of seasons.

Calibrate the thermostats

If the sensor in your thermostat isn’t working properly, your commercial HVAC system cannot properly control the temperature in your building. To test your thermostat, simply place an indoor thermometer near your thermostat, wait 15 minutes, and see if the temperatures read the same within 1-2 degrees. If there is a large difference between your thermostat and the thermometer, check your thermostat user manual for calibration instructions.

Clean condenser and evaporator coils

Not only do dirty condenser and evaporator coils reduce your system’s efficiency, they can also make your HVAC system smell like dirty gym socks. Keep your indoor air smelling fresh and increase your commercial HVAC system’s lifespan by making sure the condenser and all coils are free of buildup, allergens, and debris.   

Check drainage lines

Your HVAC keeps your building comfortable by removing humidity from the indoor air; this excess moisture is then removed from the system through drain lines. These drainage lines can become clogged with sediment, algae, mold and even insects as moisture moves through the system, resulting in a backup of water and possible property damage. Contact an HVAC technician to check and clear all system drain lines.

Test electrical connections

An HVAC with faulty electrical connections cannot heat your building. HVACs are comprised of many electrical components, such as breakers, fuses, capacitors, and countless wires. Any of these items can malfunction, leading to minor issues or even total breakdowns. Electrical connections should always be assessed by a licensed AC technician.

Schedule a maintenance visit

Regularly scheduled maintenance on your commercial HVAC is the best way to prepare your system for fall and winter weather. Preventive maintenance performed by a certified AC technician improves your system’s efficiency, extends the life of your unit, and catches small issues before they become expensive emergencies.

DDI Southeast is your HVAC’s defensive line this fall!

Our experienced team knows the playbook for commercial HVACs. Let our professionals tackle your fall maintenance checklist to keep your system running smoothly all season long. Contact us today to schedule your fall maintenance visit!

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