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Building Your Own Commercial HVAC Prevention Plan

As a business owner or manager, you are tasked with being an expert at a wide variety of things. And while some things may come naturally to you, there are probably quite a few things that don’t.

Like taking control over one of your most costly expenses, your HVAC equipment.

That’s why building a commercial HVAC prevention plan can be the best thing for your business. But before you begin, where do you start? What are the most important pieces of the plan?

The first step is in realizing that your HVAC equipment changes all the time. What works today may not work tomorrow. A change in the environment can change the effectiveness of your equipment. Depending on the age, condition, location, usage, size and type of your equipment, different tasks need to be completed on a regular basis. These include:

Warm weather tasks:

  • Replace filters
  • Check belts and pulleys and replace as needed
  • Clean all condenser and evaporator coils
  • Clear drain lines
  • Check all electrical connections
  • Check thermostats and other controls
  • Check air flow
  • Check fan and blower motors
  • Check refrigerant and inspect for leaks if low
Cold weather tasks:
  • Replace filters
  • Check belts and pulleys and replace as needed
  • Check all electrical connections
  • Check thermostats and other controls
  • Check fan and blower motors
  • Check ignition and burner
  • Check heat exchanger

 

These are standard tasks that any good HVAC prevention plan should include. With these in mind, find a HVAC service company you can trust, one that services commercial accounts on a regular basis. When the contractor comes in, ask:

How long will maintenance visits take?
When should I schedule maintenance visits?
What do I do in an emergency?
What documentation will I receive after each maintenance visit?
What else can I do to improve my HVAC system performance?

Likewise, a HVAC contractor will ask you a few questions as well.

How has the system been performing since the last visit?
What issues do you have?
How often is the system operating?
What is the usage of the building? Is demand meeting supply?
How high are your energy bills? Have they changed significantly recently?

If you choose the right commercial HVAC maintenance plan, your contractor will have your best interests at heart, and will provide you with the best service to meet your daily needs.

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