Commercial HVAC Prep for Warmer Weather
Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. That means it’s the perfect time to perform some preventative maintenance to get your HVAC system ready for warmer weather. Need a reminder of what springtime HVAC maintenance entails? Here are some HVAC prep tips to get you started.
Check Outdoor Components
Winter weather can take a toll on your HVAC system. And so, it’s wise to check your outdoor components first. You’ll want to inspect and clean the coil and cabinet. The control box, compressor, switches, wiring and safety controls should also undergo a thorough inspection. If needed, lubricate the fan motor and blades. Now is also a good time to check on the drain pans and condensate lines. They should be clear of any obstructions. Finally, you should measure the refrigerant level. If it’s too low, go ahead and recharge it.
Inspect Indoor Components
After verifying the operation of your HVAC system’s outdoor components, it’s now time to head inside. Start by checking the blower assembly and cleaning it as needed. Belts should be lubricated or replaced. Then, clean the combustion blower housing, evaporator coil, drip pan, and condensate lines. Check the heat exchanger, duct system, burner assembly, control box, wiring, and connections. Make adjustments as deemed necessary.
Other tasks include cleaning the ignition system, testing the safety controls, and inspecting the flue system. At this time, it’s also a good idea to replace or clean your air filter. Typically, air filters should be replaced every three to six months to ensure efficient HVAC operation.
Your facility may be a comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. But in summer, that temperature may be a bit higher. Whether you’re trying to save on energy or strike a balance between outdoor and indoor air, it’s likely your thermostat will need adjustment in the new season.
As you switch between HVAC systems, it’s important to reprogram your thermostat, either manually or via your building’s automation system. Doing so helps you make certain that the settings promote efficiency. Even if you’ve programmed schedules in the past, it’s always smart to check them again. Who knows – maybe your needs have changed.
Check the System Periodically
Let’s face it – you probably won’t need to fire up the air conditioner for another couple of months. That’s why it’s important to conduct periodic checks on your HVAC system. Plan to inspect the drip pan and drain lines once a month. Any clogs can cause moisture backup. The result: damaging mold and mildew growth. You’ll also want to check your thermostat to ensure its operation. If not, have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible to avoid excess energy consumption.
As a facility manager, you’re quite busy. And, you don’t always have time to perform maintenance yourself. That’s where The Severn Group can help. We offer HVAC prep service contracts to help ensure proper functioning of your HVAC system. Contact us today to learn how our HVAC experts can get your system ready for warmer weather.