Springtime HVAC Maintenance Tips for Commercial Systems

Posted by NorthStock, Inc. on May 16th 2022

The summer months are demanding on your commercial building air conditioning system, and one of the best ways to ensure your system can meet those demands is by hiring a professional to perform routine maintenance in the spring. Commercial HVAC companies recommend a variety of preventative maintenance tasks to make sure your HVAC equipment is running smoothly while increasing its lifespan and reducing the risk of costly and uncomfortable outages. Failing to perform this maintenance can lead to equipment problems and void your warranty, so it's essential to keep up with your maintenance program. A large number of HVAC malfunctions are due to poor maintenance practices. 

These spring HVAC maintenance tips will help you enjoy a comfortable, hassle-free summer:

Change Your Filters

You should be doing this monthly or quarterly, depending on the type of filters you have. Dirty filters decrease the energy efficiency of your system and can reduce the quality of the air in your facility. Order extra industrial and commercial HVAC parts, like filters, so you have them on hand and ready to go.

Check Refrigerant Levels

Your air conditioner won't work if these levels drop too low, your contractor should make sure they meet the requirements as outlined in your system manual. This is also a good time for them to check for leaks and fix them before the heatwave sets in.

Calibrate Your Thermostat

This should be done every year. If your thermostat is inaccurate, you'll have difficulty maintaining a comfortable temperature in your building. If your contractor determines it's time to upgrade or replace your thermostat, NorthStock carries a wide range of thermostats compatible with the industry's leading names in heating and cooling.

Inspect Wiring and Connections

Wires can become loose, disconnected, or damaged due to vibration, temperature extremes, or rodent infestations. Faulty wires can lead to serious problems, from equipment malfunctions to fires. Wires should be examined during your contractor’s routine maintenance to ensure they're safe and functional.

Clean Drains and Other Components

The fans, evaporator coils, control panels, and drain pipes should be cleaned by a professional. In humid climates, your HVAC equipment may be prone to mold or algae growth. Dust, debris, and mold build-up can lead to blockages, decreased airflow, reduced air quality, and other problems.

Lubricate Fans and Motors

While many newer commercial HVAC parts and air conditioning units don't require lubrication, older models do. Your contractor should properly lubricate to help the fan and motor run smoothly, quietly, and efficiently. Without that lubrication, your parts will wear out more quickly due to increased friction, producing excess heat during operation.

Check for Other Worn or Broken Components

Now's the time to hire your contractor to replace any worn or broken components in your commercial building air conditioning system. As a leading distributor, we're proud to partner with the top brands in the industry to provide the heating, air conditioning, and ventilation solutions you need. From coils and controls to a wide range of replacement commercial HVAC parts and accessories, NorthStock maintains an extensive inventory of new products from leading commercial HVAC companies.

With professional routine maintenance, you'll save time and money by extending the lifespan and improving the energy efficiency of your industrial or commercial building air conditioning system. The cost of bringing in a service technician is minor compared to the cost of a system failure and the associated damages, which could include overheated equipment, ruined products, and health risks for your employees and visitors.

Contact your local maintenance provider to schedule a visit. If you discover you need replacement parts for your system, NorthStock offers fast, free shipping on commercial HVAC parts and new air conditioning units. Contact us to learn more or place your order today.