It might not feel like it yet, but Spring is here and the Summer heat is just around the corner. The days are getting longer, and the sun will soon be shining again (with some luck) and its usually the time of year where we start to clean our offices and homes in order to organise ourselves more efficiently.
Whether you have recently purchased and installed an Air Conditioner or are still using an existing unit, Spring is typically the best time of the year to inspect your air conditioning equipment, so you have fewer breakdowns and disruptions during the summer season.
A broken / faulty AC system can cause havoc amongst employees, where hot weather can make work environments unbearable. Therefore it is important to any business owner to ensure their HVAC systems are in perfect working order – all year around. This guide looks at our 5 best spring cleaning tips to keep your cooling systems in perfect working order.
Change Your Air Filter
This first tip is easy to do and can have a considerable impact on the health of your commercial air conditioning system. A dirty or clogged air filter can result in your unit becoming less efficient as your system will compensate for the reduction in the airflow by increasing its energy usage in order to pull in air into the system.
At ADK, we advise replacing your air conditioner’s air filters on a bi-monthly basis to ensure efficient airflow and energy performance. If you don’t regularly change the air filter it can lead to disrupted air flow from dust and contaminants which leads to a lack of cooling, higher energy bills and ultimately AC damage which will shorten the lifespan of your HVAC system by 5-10 years.
Clear the Condensate Drain
As Air conditioners improve the air quality and cool your workspace, moisture accumulates within the unit resulting in water and other byproduct particles building up in the condensate drain pipe.
Over time the condensate drain can become clogged up with dirt and other debris resulting in water leaking from your AC unit. Leaking AC systems can result in further damage to your AC unit and workplace so it is vital to keep an eye on the state of the condensate drain. Old units, in particular, may have a huge build up of mould and mildew and may require a more vigorous cleaning approach using bleach and water. If you are unsure how to safely clean your condensate drain it is best advised to call in professional air conditioning engineers.
Clean your Evaporator Coil
With all commercial air conditioning units, the external evaporator coil needs to be cleaned to perform efficiently. Failure to regularly clean and change your air filters can result in dirt building up on the evaporator coil.
When there is too much dirt and debris on the evaporator coil it won’t transfer heat and lead to overheating issues and a potential blowout. Therefore it is better to maintain your Air conditioning units in advance to avoid a costly repair job or even a new unit.
At ADK, we advise avoiding cleaning with soaps or detergents as these kinds of products can leave residues which can eventually clog the components of the evaporator coil. Instead, we advise using a commercial cleaning solution which won’t harm your unit.
Check Your AC Ducts
The first step is to look for visible tears in your air conditioning unit ducts. If you are unable to see any obvious tears or rips, then turn your AC system on full blast and inspect the duct joints with your hand to see if you feel any air coming out. Any holes and tears should be sealed up as soon as possible to ensure your air cooling system works efficiently.
If you are unable to check your air conditioning system’s ducts yourself, it is advised to arrange a planned maintenance visit with a local air conditioning company. They will be able to provide you with a full system health check, which will save you money in the long-term.
Schedule an A/C Check-Up
Over the Summer months, your commercial air conditioning system’s usage will increase and potentially may result in issues which can be avoided with planned preventative maintenance.
Throughout our many years of experience we have learned that by taking certain planned preventive measures such as correcting a minor fan motor problem, costly repairs and replacement of parts can often be avoided. Our engineers at ADK can also help improve your unit’s energy efficiency in the long-term, saving you money over the years.
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.