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Exploring 3 Common Commercial HVAC Problems (and How to Solve Them)

Some HVAC experts say up to 75% of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. This is true with regards to both residential and commercial property. The fact is, proper maintenance is essential for an efficient system, and there is a multitude of problems that can also affect performance, particularly with commercial systems. With that in mind, here are just a few common problems you may experience with your commercial HVAC system and how to most easily solve them.

Clogged Filters

Many people seem to think that this is only an issue in residential properties, but that’s not the case. According to Energystar.gov, most HVAC system filters need to be changed every one to three months, and this includes commercial systems in particular since they’re typically more heavily used. Proper commercial furnace maintenance absolutely requires frequent filter changes. Depending on your system, you may be able to perform this task yourself, but it’s often best to consult a professional for maximum efficiency.

Malfunctioning Thermostat

This is a tricky problem to solve, simply because it can be a difficult problem to recognize and identify the thermostat itself as the issue. If you’re experiencing frequent or intermittent temperature changes, it’s likely to be the thermostat as opposed to the system itself. Consider getting a professional tune-up or even investing in a programmable thermostat, which could save you up to 10% on your heating bills. When considering commercial furnace maintenance, you can’t neglect thermostat maintenance itself.

Imbalanced Dampers

Due to the typically larger size of commercial spaces, it’s not uncommon for there to be an improper balance of air because of the distance it has to travel before it comes out of the ducts. Aside from the fact that duct leakage can sap 20% to 40% of the energy out of even a well-operating air conditioner, the imbalance itself can cause some rooms or areas to heat and cool faster than others. Solve this by consulting a professional and getting your system’s dampers evaluated.

Now that you’re aware of these common problems, you may be able to prevent them altogether. For more information about commercial HVAC maintenance, contact us.