The HVAC equipment in your business is essential to the comfort of you, your employees and your customers. Commercial HVAC service can be expensive, but with proper maintenance of your equipment, you can put that extra money into your business. Preventive maintenance begins with a yearly tune-up of your air conditioner, furnace and other equipment, including refrigerators, freezers and ice makers for those in the restaurant business. An annual tune-up will ensure your equipment remains clean, efficient and safe to operate year-round, and will keep your utility bills in check by optimizing the performance of your various HVAC systems.
- Cleaning motors and fans.
- Checking belts for wear.
- Tightening electrical and gas connections.
- Adjusting refrigerant levels.
- Cleaning and adjusting thermostats.
- Checking compressor contacts.
- Testing system controls to ensure the equipment cycles properly.
- Checking air filters and replacing them if they’re dirty
- Checking the safety features of your equipment to ensure the safety of your employees and customers.
What To Do Between Commercial HVAC Service Visits
There are several things you can do to ensure your equipment operates efficiently between commercial HVAC service and maintenance calls:
- Keep your equipment clean.
- Maintain the area around your equipment to keep it free of dust, which can build up inside the equipment and make it work less efficiently, as well as cause expensive damage.
- Check your HVAC filters every two months and replace them when they’re dirty.
- Make sure your equipment is accessible in case commercial HVAC service is needed. Keep obstructions away from your system.
- Keep the supply and return vents in your business free of obstructions, which can hamper the flow of air to the furnace and air conditioner, making them work harder to keep your business comfortable and possibly resulting in expensive repair bills.
When choosing an HVAC company to perform maintenance on your equipment, ask around for referrals. Don’t be afraid to ask the HVAC company for references. Make sure your technician is NATE-certified. NATE, or North American Technician Excellence, is a nonprofit certification organization that is recognized by the entire HVAC industry. To become NATE-certified, technicians must pass comprehensive, rigorous tests to ensure a high level of expertise and skill in HVAC service and repair. NATE-certified technicians perform maintenance and repair to very high standards, ensuring the work is done properly the first time and in a timely manner.