How To Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer

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Atlanta summers are nothing to mess with—the air is hot and humid and it almost feels like you’ll never cool down. Beat the heat by preparing your office building’s commercial air conditioning unit for the summer months.

Get Your Commercial Air Conditioner Ready for the Summer Heat

Preparing your commercial HVAC systems for summer isn’t a challenging task, but it’s crucial to ensure the system runs as efficiently as it should for those hot days. If you don’t maintain your air conditioner units before the summer heat strikes, your system can consume up to 30% more energy and send your utility bills through the roof. Keep your energy costs low by preparing your HVAC units for summer; use the commercial HVAC maintenance checklist below to get started.

Commercial HVAC Preventative Maintenance Checklist

There are seven critical components of your AC units that you should check before the summer months arrive:

Review and Clean Air Filters

Air filters should be cleaned regularly during the summer months because you’re constantly using your AC unit. In addition, air filters should be changed once a month.

Air filters are crucial to your condenser unit because they filter out dust, pollen, and other small particles; this allows you, your employees, and customers to breathe clean air. When air filters are full, foreign components get pushed out along with the air, contaminating the quality of the air you breathe.

If your central air conditioning unit’s air filters are clogged, this can lead to poor cooling capabilities, making your system work harder than it needs to. In return, your energy bills will skyrocket. Dirty air filters also move those gathered particles to other areas of the HVAC system, which can cause significant internal damage.

Check for Airflow Leaks and Blockages

Leaks, blockages, and obstructions in ductwork reduce airflow in your HVAC units, making the system work harder than necessary. It’s vital to check ducts and connectors for loose spots or damage because system efficiency can drop 15% if blower components aren’t properly adjusted.

Assess Compressor and Coil Maintenance

Your units gather a significant amount of dirt and debris, such as tree leaves and sticks, throughout winter and spring. It’s crucial to check your system for any buildup and regularly examine the unit for any accumulating particles.

If your commercial HVAC units aren’t kept clean, the collected debris can get into the system and cause internal damage; the extra load on the system can also cause it to overheat, reducing its lifespan.

Dirty air conditioning coils can also impact the energy efficiency of your building and escalate your costs.

Lubricate Moving Equipment

Poorly lubricated parts of your HVAC system require more energy to move. Your HVAC unit runs for most of the year heating or cooling your space. When you go an extended period without lubricating moving equipment, those small amounts of wasted energy start to add up.

Examine the Refrigerant

Refrigerants absorb heat from the environment and provide cool air when working with compressors and evaporators. If the refrigerant is running too low or high in your unit, it can cause significant internal damage to your HVAC system, as well as put your employees’ and customers’ health at risk. Checking the AC unit’s refrigerant is something that only a certified technician should do.

Prepare Your Thermostat

It’s crucial to test the thermostat controls to ensure they work properly before the summer heat gets too unbearable. Your HVAC technician inspects the thermostat to take a look at the various electrical systems and connections that allow the thermostat to communicate with the rest of the HVAC system.

There are also several thermostat options to choose from that will help you and your building get the most out of your HVAC system:

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats are a good investment to implement in your commercial building because they allow different temperature settings to be automated throughout the day, giving you the best energy use for summer air conditioning.

Smart Thermostats

Prevent energy waste by installing a smart thermostat in your office space. Smart thermostats run during business hours and turn off after everyone leaves for the day, so you’re not racking up unnecessary energy costs.

Arrange Time for HVAC Repair and Maintenance

We suggest arranging a time for maintenance from your trusted HVAC provider to check and service your systems as needed before the summer heat is in full swing.

Certified technicians acquire the skills to tighten electrical connections, check fuses and circuit breakers, and replace any worn wiring. They also look at unit refrigerant levels, which can affect air conditioning performance if imbalanced.

Schedule Seasonal HVAC Maintenance With Frazier Service Company

Hot days are on the horizon—get your HVAC system summer-ready with Frazier Service Company. We have been one of Atlanta’s leading HVAC service providers since 1973.

Reputable companies trust us with their seasonal HVAC maintenance, and you should too. Our seasonal maintenance includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tightening electrical connections
  • Inspecting system controls
  • Cleaning and inspecting coils
  • Lubricating moving parts
  • Replacing parts that are showing wear and tear
  • Cleaning or replacing filters
  • Cleaning and checking blowers and fans
  • Checking refrigerant and pressures
  • Verifying operating temperatures

We continuously train our technicians, assuring you that we can have your systems operating at optimal performance. Seasonal HVAC maintenance helps reduce equipment downtime when you need it most and improves your HVAC systems’ efficiency.

Discover the Frazier difference—contact us for your seasonal HVAC maintenance today!

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