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How To Increase The Life Of Your Commercial Air Conditioning

Commercial Air Conditioning
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Air conditioning systems in a commercial environment are crucial for keeping employees comfortable and productive. Computer equipment and other machinery need regulated temperatures to operate efficiently as well. It makes good business sense to find ways to ensure your commercial air conditioning system is kept in top running condition as this will extend the life of your HVAC and prevent you from having to prematurely invest in a replacement.

Top 5 Tips To Increase The Lifespan Of Your Commercial Air Conditioning Unit

Servicing commercial air conditioning systems should be a top priority as they work non-stop, 24/7. Under normal conditions, a commercial HVAC system can last up to 15 years, though this is greatly influenced by the frequency of maintenance as well as the conditions that the system operates in. The good news is that there are simple things you can do to extend the life of your commercial HVAC unit and avoid common commercial AC issues.

Our technicians recommend the following to extend the life span of your AC unit.

Tip #1 Filters: Inspect & Replace

HVAC filters are responsible for collecting airborne dirt particles from the air and need to be checked and replaced every 30 – 60 days.

  • Inspect filters for dust and debris – if the filter looks dirty then replace it with a new one. A clogged-up filter won’t be any good at filtering the air.
  • Inspect filters for any damage – a damaged filter will lower the efficiency and shorten the life of your HVAC system. Replace any broken filters. ​​​​​​

Tip #2 Condenser Check

As the condenser is outdoors and exposed to the elements, it is more vulnerable to damage and blockages. If you are able to access your condenser then check the following on a regular basis to keep it running smoothly.

  • Clean loose debris, leaves, and dirt around the condenser to prevent blockages.
  • Inspect the condensing unit for any sign of damage.
  • Check and cut back any bushes and trees nearby that are growing too close to the condenser to ensure that it has sufficient breathing space to operate efficiently.

Tip #3 Cleaning Ducts

Keep the return air vents free of debris and dust build-up as dusty air vents will reduce the quality of the air being pumped back into the building.

Tip #4 Be Aware Of Any Changes

As your HVAC system runs most of the time, you’ll be used to how it sounds and operates. Pay attention and if you notice any changes in its usual noises, efficiency, or the amount on your energy bill, don’t dismiss it as your over-active imagination, but rather have it checked out. Any change—big or small—in how the system runs is usually a sign of a bigger issue that will need to be inspected.

Tip #5 HVAC Inspection: Make It An Annual Priority

Make it an annual priority to have an AC technician give your HVAC unit a thorough inspection. Annual AC Tune-Ups and Maintenance by an industry professional will help increase the life-span of your commercial HVAC system. A well-maintained HVAC system will run more efficiently and reduce your energy bill.

How Do You Know When To Replace Your HVAC System?

Taking care of your HVAC system will make it last beyond normal expectations, but sooner or later, you will need to invest in a new one. The biggest indicator of the end of an HVAC unit’s lifespan is a drastic increase in the frequency and cost of repairs. Your Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric technicians will be able to advise you at what point it will be more cost-effective to replace instead of repair.

Your One-Stop Shop For Commercial Air Conditioning Maintenance, Repair & Replacement

Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric technicians have been looking after the commercial HVAC needs of business owners in South Florida since 1983. Our technicians have the knowledge, training, tools, and experience to ensure that your business stays cool. Whether you need advice, a maintenance plan, or some emergency repairs, our HVAC technicians are ready to help you. Give us a call at 1-800-475-1504.


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