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2 Requirements for a Thorough Commercial HVAC Spring Tuning

by Patti Althoff - Siwicki | May 01, 2018 | HVAC, Facility Maintenance, Facility Manager, HVAC Maintenance, ASHRAE | 0 Comments

Commercial HVAC Spring Tuning

When you commence your indoor spring cleaning routine, don’t forget about your heating and cooling equipment. HVAC spring cleaning can help identify problems with your heating and cooling equipment before the system malfunctions on the hottest day of the year, and the best way to perform your HVAC system cleaning and maintenance is by letting your in-house maintenance team tackle some of the items and by letting a professional HVAC technician tackle the rest of the maintenance items.

Internal and External HVAC Preventive Maintenance

HVAC preventive maintenance is extremely important to help your air conditioner run reliably all summer long. Here at Althoff, we recommend getting your system serviced as soon as the weather warms. This is especially helpful if you have residents with indoor allergies and/or you see visible debris on and around your rooftop HVAC unit.

Internal Commercial HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Your in-house maintenance team can perform some of your HVAC spring cleaning checklist, including removing debris from around and on your exterior HVAC unit and changing the air filter. Performing these two items will help ensure that the airflow around the HVAC unit is optimal.

Your maintenance team can also check the drain lines and drain pans to make sure there are no blockages and that the pan isn’t growing mold or developing rust, and they can check the coolant levels. If the coolant levels are low, the system may have a leak that will need to be repaired by a professional HVAC technician in Chicago.

  • Check Drain Pans for Corrosion, Filth and Mold

  • Ensure Drain Lines Are Not Blocked

  • Inspect Coolant Levels

  • Look for Leaks

  • Visually Examine and Change the Air Filter

External Commercial HVAC Maintenance Checklist

An external HVAC maintenance contractor can completely inspect your HVAC system and converse with your in-house maintenance team on the issues they found while visually inspecting your heating and cooling system in order to provide you with the spring maintenance you need to keep your system operational.

Commercial HVAC contractors are trained to look for common and uncommon problems during preventative maintenance inspections. They check all the electrical wiring for damage. They test the voltage, and the inspect all the moving parts of the system, including the fans. They check the coolant levels and add the appropriate coolant and any other additives that are needed to help prevent bacterial buildup and corrosion within the system. All moving parts are lubricated if needed and all the belts are checked for wear, tear and dry rot.

Once everything has been thoroughly examined and all the problems have been addressed, the HVAC technician then cleans the internal and external components, including the evaporator and condenser coils and any ignition systems. If the coils are severely bent or damaged, the technician may recommend replacement. Lastly, your thermostats and zones are checked for the proper settings. If you do not know how to program your thermostats, the HVAC technician can show you.

  • Check Electrical Wiring and Components

  • Clean Internal and External HVAC Parts

  • Examine and Clean Evaporator and Condenser Coils

  • Examine and Program Thermostats

  • Fill Coolant

  • Perform Needed Repairs

HVAC Spring Cleaning with Our Chicago HVAC Technicians

Our Chicago HVAC technicians can help you get your commercial HVAC unit ready for spring with our HVAC spring cleaning service. This service includes checking all the of the electrical connections and moving components for wear, tear and function, cleaning the inside and outside of your unit and making sure the coolant levels are optimal. If you noticed problems with your unit at the end of last season, feel free to inform our HVAC technician. We can make all the repairs, and we can even recommend ways to improve your HVAC system’s energy efficiency.

To get your commercial HVAC system inspected and cleaned, call us at 800-225-2443.

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