Unlike home air conditioners, which tend to operate on their own, commercial air conditioning systems are interconnected and will typically have more components. If your business premises have a commercial air conditioning system, it is always a good idea to have it inspected from time to time by a professional. Much like getting your car serviced, it can mean spotting small, easy-to-fix issues before they spiral out of control and end up costing you more to fix. Even so, many commercial air conditioning systems go years without maintenance. If so, you may not necessarily know that preventative maintenance is necessary.
Of course, HVAC engineers are used to being asked to service commercial systems when someone has noticed something is wrong. If you experience any of the following symptoms with your air conditioning system, don’t hesitate to book a service. This could end up saving you thousands of pounds by avoiding a complete breakdown.
He makes new noises
When a commercial air conditioning system makes noise, it can be something quite simple to fix. Sometimes the ducts may have become loose so that they vibrate when cooled air is pushed through them. While this may not necessarily cause lasting damage, it may affect your system’s performance. More likely, you will hear a screeching sound that sounds like something is worn out. If so, it could be a problem with the system fan or the motor that drives it. Either way, postponing an inspection will only lead to more problems later.
It does not cool effectively
Air conditioning systems that do not cool the working environment cause two problems. First, they still cost you a lot in energy bills to operate. Second, they leave workers hot and unproductive. According to Lancashire-based commercial air conditioning specialist TJ Refrigeration, employees who complain about the lack of a proper working cooling system are one of the main reasons employers request an air conditioning service. However, it often happens that people try to continue working in hot and humid conditions for days before action is taken to improve the situation. Do not wait. If your air conditioning isn’t as efficient as it used to be, waiting until it’s really hot before having it serviced will be counterproductive.
Strange smells come out of its vents
Bad odors from a commercial air conditioning system can be very unpleasant. However, people react to it differently. You might not detect a bad smell, but others might. The problem is that weird smells never get better but only get worse over time. Therefore, any bad odor you detect should be dealt with first. Usually there is a sour smell that people notice first. Typically, this will be caused by a filter clogged with too much dust or pollen. Likewise, systems with a lot of condensation can start to smell bad. Maintaining a commercial air conditioning system means cleaning it thoroughly to eliminate the causes of bad odors.
Higher energy consumption
Commercial air conditioners that have not been serviced for a while may no longer operate as efficiently as they once did. Either they use more energy to cool the air, or they use more electricity to expel hot air. In either case, it’s possible to run your units with less energy consumption, which is good for your business bottom line as well as the environment. Where ductwork and vents aren’t as efficient as they used to be, you can also experience air conditioning losses where cool air escapes from the system. In turn, this means that the strength of your air conditioning must increase to achieve the same cooling effect. By triaging your system to prevent such losses, it should start to run more efficiently – just as it did when it was first installed.
It has never been serviced before
Finally, a surefire way to know you need air conditioning system service is if you can’t remember the last time it was professionally inspected. This is often the case when you have moved to new offices, for example, but the previous owner or tenant did not care about the maintenance of the system. Why wait, when your staff could benefit from a fresher, healthier and more productive work environment? Any commercial system that hasn’t been serviced for more than 12 months should already be inspected.