Commercial HVAC systems do a great deal of work on your property, keeping the air healthy and temperatures comfortable. It requires a great deal of investment to get the right system for you so, once you have it, it is critical to maintain it regularly. Proper maintenance will prevent repairs, keep the system running at peak efficiency and increase its lifespan, prolonging your need to replace components. While maintenance costs money, it saves you much more in the long term. Here’s how to maintain commercial HVAC equipment.

When to Perform Maintenance

Most commercial HVAC equipment needs maintenance at least once per year, before you turn it on for its season. This means that you need your technician to pop by in early spring to handle your cooling equipment, and then pop by in fall to maintain your heating equipment. They can change your filters at both appointments.

HEPA and other filtering and ventilation equipment should be checked on by the professionals twice a year, but this can be done at the same time as the maintenance on your heating and cooling equipment.

There are some exceptions to this schedule, of course. Certain systems may need more regular filter change in order to function well. It is not uncommon to need to change filters and maintain equipment every three months when it is in operation. In addition, if you manufacture, produce, or store items on your premises which create fumes, or you have other equipment that presents air quality problems, you may have more advanced filtering equipment which needs filter changes very often, even weekly or daily.

Basic Commercial Air Conditioning Maintenance

Your HVAC technician should provide custom-tailored maintenance that gives your equipment exactly what it needs. We couldn’t possibly cover all the permutations of maintenance tasks they may need to do for your equipment, but we can elaborate on the basics:

  • Change filters
  • Test safety controls
  • Check all components, indoor and outdoor
  • Clean all components which need it
  • Test performance

Basic Commercial Furnace Maintenance

Similar to air conditioning maintenance, furnaces and other commercial heating equipment need different things depending on their model. Still, the basics are:

  • Change filters
  • Test safety controls
  • Check all components
  • Clean all components which need it
  • Test performance

Other Commercial Maintenance Tasks

There are other tasks your HVAC tech may perform for you as part of proper maintenance, including:

  • Checking the duct system
  • Check the thermostat
  • Adjust thermostat programming
  • Inspect wiring
  • Test back-up equipment

Of course, depending on your equipment there may be other specialized tasks that you need your HVAC technician to perform.

Consult with the Professionals

It is worthwhile to try to perfect your commercial HVAC maintenance schedule. The professionals can help you understand the bare minimum your equipment needs and then make a schedule that takes into account your facility’s unique needs. With detailed and regular maintenance you should save on your operating costs for HVAC equipment and delay the need to replace the equipment for many years.