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Common Commercial Air Conditioning Issues

Commercial Air Conditioning
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No commercial property is complete without a commercial air conditioner (AC). AC units can come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your property needs. And, while generally quite dependable – commercial property owners will eventually run into a few of the more common commercial air conditioning issues. Nobody wants to be in an office, shopping center, or apartment complex without a working air conditioner, especially during summer.

The following is a list of the more common problems that AC units have

Air Quality Troubles

Nobody wants to inhale poor quality air, but sometimes it happens. Your indoor air quality can be affected by a variety of things including issues with your AC filter or even a leak in your hose.

The problem is that poor air quality can have a negative impact on the health of the building’s occupants, especially those who already have respiratory problems like asthma. Sometimes you may even have foul odors circulating around your building. It can be caused by a variety of factors such as parts that are overheating or even debris within the air ducts that can cause your AC filter to malfunction. This is not something you can easily resolve with a simple DIY trick found on the internet. You will need to call in a professional HVAC technician to assess your AC system and resolve the issue for you.

Odd Sounds

If you’re hearing strange noises like rattling within your ductwork, that’s generally not a good sign. You may have an issue with broken ductwork, or your AC fan might need to be repaired or replaced. This is not an issue you should attempt to do yourself, nor is it an issue you can ignore. You’re going to need to call in an HVAC technician to resolve this as soon as possible.

Air Flow Issues 

If one room in the building feels like a sauna and another feels like you need a winter jacket to stay warm, you have a problem with inconsistent airflow.

There may be leaks or other issues with your AC ductwork which causes the inconsistency throughout the building. You must seek the help of reliable professionals like the team at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric to perform an inspection and the necessary repairs on your commercial ductwork.

Size Matters

When it comes to the size of your property versus the size of your AC unit; size matters.

You need to find an AC unit that is perfectly suited to your building’s size. If your AC unit is too small for the building, it will constantly be running, but it will also be unable to keep your building sufficiently cool. If your AC unit is too big for the building it will lead to unnecessary energy waste. In both instances, you’ll lose out as your monthly energy bill will go up.

Inadequate Refrigerant Levels 

Simply put, the refrigerant is what helps your building cool.

If there are any leaks within the refrigerant lines, you’ll find that you won’t have enough cool air circulating throughout the building, even if your AC unit is the correct size for the building. In this instance, your HVAC technician won’t only need to replace the refrigerant but also uncover and repair all leaks within the refrigerant line to stop the same thing from happening again.

Malfunctioning Thermostat

Depending on the age of your AC, your thermostat could start to act up.

If the thermostat is calibrated incorrectly in relation to the size of your building, your AC won’t be able to perform as well as it should. This can lead to temperature fluctuations that will affect your building’s occupants. This is easily resolved by recalibrating your thermostat. If you have a newer programmable thermostat, check the manual to help you recalibrate your settings.

Remember if you have a maintenance plan, your HVAC technician will always check that your thermostat settings are correct.

Maintenance Is Your Friend

In the same way your car needs to be regularly serviced, your commercial air conditioning unit needs regular maintenance too. Preventative HVAC maintenance can ensure that your AC is running smoothly all year round and ensure that your AC unit makes full use of its lifespan. Remember that maintenance ensures that small repairs don’t become costly big replacements.

For all your commercial air conditioning needs, call Art Plumbing, AC & Electric today at 1800-475-1504. You can also like and follow us on Facebook to get all the latest tips, tricks, and updates!

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