Did you know that performing regular maintenance on your HVAC unit can help you save money on your cooling bills? According to IAQA, you could save as much as 30 percent on your summer cooling bills if you keep your A/C unit well-maintained.
How Air Conditioning Maintenance Saves You Money
In addition to lowering your summer cooling bills, you can save money in other ways by performing regular HVAC preventative maintenance.
1. Prevent High Repair Bills
When you defer maintenance on your HVAC unit, you could end up with a catastrophic breakdown. Refrigerant leaks and worn parts can degrade the performance of your rooftop air conditioner and even cause it to stop functioning. This can result in astronomical repair bills. Not to mention, your residents will be uncomfortable until the HVAC technicians arrive at your building and repair the problem.
2. Maximize the Useful Life of Your Air Conditioning System
Air conditioners are designed to last between 15 and 25 years with proper maintenance. Without maintenance, you may start seeing breakdowns and the need for frequent repairs in as little as five years, and your HVAC system may need to be replaced much sooner than you anticipated.
3. Keep Your Warranty Valid
When you install a new air conditioner, it comes with a warranty for defect parts and labor. You may think that covers all broken parts and failures throughout the lifespan of the warranty, regardless of whether or not you perform any maintenance. The bad news is that warranties come with stipulations, and one of those stipulations states that you must have your air conditioner inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Failing to get preventative maintenance and inspections can void your warranty.
Air Conditioning Routine Maintenance Checklist
Here at Althoff, we want you to keep your commercial air conditioner in good repair so that you can enjoy cool, comfortable indoor temperatures all year long. To help you accomplish that goal, we’ve developed a maintenance checklist that you can use to help keep high repair bills at bay.
1. Check Coolant/Refrigerant Levels
In order to work properly and keep your building cool and dehumidified, your air conditioner must have a certain amount of coolant or refrigerant to effectively transfer heat from inside your building to outside your building. When coolant levels are insufficient, it can result in higher cooling bills and a building that never reaches its programmed thermostat setting.
2. Change or Clean Your HVAC Air Filter
Your HVAC unit’s air filter is responsible for cleaning your indoor air by removing fine particles, like dust, pollen and pathogens, including mold, large viruses and bacteria. When air filters become clogged with dirt and debris, it can reduce the amount of air flowing through your unit, resulting in excessive wear and tear and low airflow through your registers. In order to avoid this, we recommend changing or cleaning your air filter regularly. If you have a paper air filter, you’ll need to remove it and replace it with a new air filter. Commercial rooftop and ground-level HVAC systems typically have filters that are made of paper or a paper-like product. If the air filter has a plastic frame with wire mesh, you’ll need to clean it by scrubbing all the filth from it manually. These types of filters are typically found in smaller air conditioning units, like portable, window and through-the-wall units.
3. Remember to Check Your Thermostats
When is the last time you set your building’s thermostats? Today's thermostats are programmable, which means you can set them according to the time of day and whether its the workweek or weekend. Failing to regularly check and adjust your thermostats, according to the season, can increase your energy bills and result in uncomfortable indoor temperatures.
If your building has a BAS system, you may be able to check your thermostat settings from a computer or tablet, which can make the job of keeping your temperature settings up-to-date much easier. If you do not have a BAS system or your BAS system needs an upgrade, feel free to contact us. We install, upgrade and retrofit building BAS systems.
4. Frequently Inspect Outdoor Units for Damage
When is the last time you walked out to your HVAC unit and visually inspected it. Whether your commercial HVAC is on the ground or on the roof, it should be visually inspected at least once a season and after every major storm. Storm damage can cause your unit to become inefficient and even result in the need for expensive repairs if the damage isn’t caught in a timely manner.
5. Consider Investing in a Maintenance Plan with Althoff
If you’re exhausted or frustrated with all your HVAC maintenance checklists and reminders to check certain components, you can opt to invest in a commercial heating and cooling maintenance plan. Here at Althoff Industries, we offer several maintenance plans that can keep your air conditioner in good working order, improve your occupant comfort and give you better indoor air quality. Not to mention, you’ll save money on repair bills and extend the useful life of your current A/C system.
To schedule preventative maintenance, an A/C repair or to inquire about our maintenance plans, give us a call at 800-225-2443.