When you contact an HVAC professional to help you with a problem you are having with your system, there is often a common reason that this occurs. It could be that it is older, one that is simply in disrepair, and you will need to have the repairs done so that it functions properly. In other cases, it has to do with the system you have installed. It may not be one of the more expensive models. As a result, you could end up with problems that all of the other customers are facing. Either way, HVAC companies will be able to, in most cases, resolve these issues. There are two very common commercial HVAC repair scenarios that people often encounter. Let’s discuss what those are, and how you can avoid having to deal with these, if you have a commercial HVAC system at your place of business.
What Are Some Common HVAC Related Issues?
The most obvious problem that leads to additional issues is that people are not doing preventative maintenance. Most HVAC companies will recommend that you have your system checked every six months. This is important, especially prior to summer and winter. The moment that something goes wrong at these times, when you need the air conditioner or heat are the most, this can become very problematic. Therefore, lack of maintenance is a huge issue, but in some cases, it has to do with the air filters. By simply replacing these regularly, preferably once a month, you can avoid the common problems such as a lack of intake into your system which means you will have less hot or cold air. There are problems with thermostats that can occur where they will need to be adjusted. If you have a leak with your refrigerant, this can also contribute to why it is not functioning properly. These are standard problems that can occur, and this is true for both residential and commercial installations. However, there are two major problems that commercial HVAC systems encounter, ones that can be avoided by making the right choices.
The first major problem that you can have is the result of blocked airflow. This goes far beyond not changing your filter regularly. Although a dirty filter can contribute to the problem, it might be more extensive. You could have a substantial buildup of particulate matter inside of your ducting system. This can be a major issue, especially if you are in a large building. There could be several thousand feet of ducting that will have to be checked out. Due to the size of the ducting, you will need to have an HVAC professional come out with cameras that can be sent into the ducting system where they can find, and remove, any of the blockages. They may also find that certain areas are falling apart. For example, you could have a portion of the ducting system that is collapsed. This will require them to get to that specific area, remove the faulty ducting, and replace this so that your airflow can resume is normal.
The second major problem has to do with the coolant that you are using. For example, most of the air conditioning systems that have been produced up to this point are using Freon. If you know anything about this chlorofluorocarbon, it is scheduled to be outlawed by 2020. This will require both residential and commercial units to have this coolant replaced to comply with the Clean Air Act of 1990. Once this is switched out for one of the newer coolants, not only will you be in compliance, but you should have a system that is much more efficient. The problems that occur have to do with the type of coolant that you are replacing the Freon with. Some of them may not work very well with your system. In other cases, the people that removed your R-22 may not have taken all of it out, and it is having a bad chemical reaction with the new coolant. Therefore, you need to be certain that the coolant you have chosen to use in lieu of Freon is best suited for your particular system. If you are working with a competent HVAC company, they will likely have done many replacements, and will know exactly which replacement refrigerant, to put back into your system.
How To Avoid Either Of These Problems
You can avoid these problems by doing two specific things. To avoid any physical ducting airflow issues, regular maintenance on the ducting system must be done. Many people opt for the basic package, the one where they only check the AC unit and the heater. Instead, you should pay for the comprehensive examination of your system. This will allow them to take cameras into your ducting system regularly. By doing so, they can detect potential areas where your ducting system is ready to collapse and replace those areas before the problem occurs. In regard to issues with your coolant, you need to do your research. Although the HVAC company you are using should understand all of this, you need to know that the coolant you are replacing Freon with will do the same or an even better job. For example, if you were to use a coolant from Bluon Energy called TdX-20, you would be making the right choice in most cases. It is designed to mimic Freon, plus it does not take as much energy to compress this liquid into a gas, and therefore you are going to save money. Best of all, it is much more efficient than Freon, and everyone will be much happier. You will have rave reviews from your employees about this change, and you will be ecstatic about how low your utility bill will subsequently be.
By following these simple suggestions, your ability to avoid two of the major problems that commercial HVAC systems can develop will be increased many fold. These can be very expensive problems, and at the very least, they can also be extremely inconvenient. As long as you are doing regular maintenance, and replacing your Freon with the proper coolant, all of these problems can be avoided. Just be sure to contact the most reputable HVAC company in your area to help you resolve and also avoid all of these problems.