During the hot summer months, Air Conditioning is an essential facility requirement for any commercial businesses and when properly maintained and work efficiently providing cool air to both employees and customers.
If AC units are neglected and left unmaintained, they become eventually become susceptible to breakdowns and begin to operate inefficiently when you need cool air the most. An AC failure during the summer period can impact both your business’s finances and your employees’ ability to perform effectively.
Fortunately, this guide outlines how you can avoid a costly AC repair along with some tips which will help prevent a situation where you will need an Air Conditioning Repair engineer.
Avoid Overloading the AC Unit
The first AC mistake to avoid is to not overload the AC unit. If your air conditioning unit is overloaded and working harder than the design capacity, it can lead to the AC unit using more energy whilst reducing the unit’s lifespan. Try to avoid turning the thermostat to the lowest temperature setting during hot days.
Constantly changing the AC thermostat can accelerate the units degradation of elements leading to eventual failure over the long-term. This can be difficult to maintain in a large workplace however the best practice is to have a consistent temperature setting.
A quick tip for large offices/workspaces is to turn off lights when they are not in use. It’s been known for light sources to heat up rooms which can ultimately cause your AC system to overwork to equalise the room’s temperature.
Avoid Dirty Coils, Vents and Filters
Due to the nature of Air Conditioning Systems and how they operate, AC Units are prone to collecting dust, debris and bacteria. Therefore it is important to regularly clean your Air Conditioning unit. Over time your AC’s filter will become filthy resulting in reduced air flow across the condenser coils thus reducing the units cooling ability. Blocked and dirty condenser coils prevent heat from escaping which can cause the compressor to become strained and overheat if left unchecked.
With all commercial air conditioning systems, it is essential that coils, filters and vents are cleaned monthly and replaced every 3 months to ensure maximum efficiency of your AC units. For optimum performance throughout the year, it is advised to have regular service and maintenance checks especially prior to the hot summer months. This type of planned preventative maintenance will ensure you avoid a costly Air Conditioning repair or replacement.
Avoid Avoiding Maintenance Checks
This final tip quite simply speaks for itself. When inspecting your AC system, look out for unusual noises such as hissing, thumping and rattling. These are key indicators that something is not right and you need your Air Conditioning system inspected immediately. The same goes for leaks and puddles of water around your air conditioning units.
Neglecting your Air Conditioning System can lead to health hazards and contaminants circulating in the air throughout the workplace. These pollutants can exacerbate various health problems from Asthma to Sinusitis. When bacteria or fungi such as moulds get into the AC system the hazards can increase and become more severe, especially as when let unattended can multiply.
The best practice for Air Conditioning systems is to have them maintained and serviced early spring to reduce unit failure during seasons when they are in heavy use. By undertaking some basic housekeeping tasks and signing up for a PPM contract you can protect your business and ensure that you are always getting the best performance out of your commercial air conditioning units.
At ADK, planned preventative maintenance visits can be arranged with clients tailored to their personal requirements within a timescale to suit their business needs and budgets. Tailoring our works for minimal disruption to your schedule, we’ll ensure that your AC unit is maintained and that your cooling system is always working to the best of its capabilities, as efficiently as possible.
When problems occur with your AC system, you need to be able to rely on a company who can respond quickly to your breakdown, diagnose the problem and efficiently carry out repairs. If you have a broken commercial AC unit that needs a repair service, our expert team of engineers will be able to assist you.
For more information about our Air Conditioning services, please get in touch with us today or call 0208 831 8900 and we’ll be more than happy to help you with anything you need. Alternatively, you can contact us to request an engineer and site survey.