Things to Look at for a Commercial HVAC System
During the winter months, commercial HVAC systems tend to get used more often than during the summer here in Central Oregon. SERVPRO of Bend receives calls from concerned tenants of commercial properties because of unfamiliar sounds coming from the heating unit and/or the smell of something burning.
Though we are not experts with commercial heating units, there are a few things that everyone can check to ensure that their commercial unit is functioning properly. As always, if you have questions about your HVAC system, they first person to call is your local HVAC company.
5 common commercial HVAC functions to check:
- Odors or poor indoor air quality (IAQ)
- Strange, unfamiliar sounds
- Inconsistent airflow / uneven heating and cooling throughout your building
- Loss of system efficiency
- Unexpected rise in heating and cooling costs
These issues arise from some common problems. Below are some of the most prevalent reasons for HVAC system issues:
1. Lack of maintenance
When you aren’t having regular, routine maintenance performed, minor HVAC problems become major repair expenses.
2. Dirty or clogged filters
Dirty and worn filters can force your air conditioning unit to work harder, which increases energy costs and reduces the life of your system.
3. Leaking refrigerant
Refrigerants are liquid agents that make air conditioning possible.
4. Thermostat malfunctions
Your thermostat regulates the timing and amount of hot or cold air your unit should produce. So when your thermostat is malfunctioning, your building can suffer from intermittent temperature fluctuations, impacting comfort.
5. Improper air balance
The heated or cooled air that comes out of your vents travels through a series of ducts before it reaches each room. Dampers help control this by reducing airflow in one line and allowing more conditioned air to flow to other areas.