Over two thirds of businesses and offices in the South use central air conditioning all summer long. If air conditioning is one of the only things keeping your business moving during the hot summer months, you no doubt know how employees and clients are affected by a malfunctioning commercial HVAC system. As we move into the hottest part of the season, you’ll want to have a professional contracting service on-hand in case your system is in need of repairs. Here are three of the most common issues that can arise with a commercial HVAC system, and some of the warning signs that your air conditioner is in need of maintenance.
Natural gas is odorless, but many HVAC manufacturers will give their gas supply the smell of sulphur to make it detectable. If you smell that tell-tale a”rotten egg” smell, you should call your gas company immediately and plan to have employees work from home or in a different location until the issue is resolved. Gas leaks in HVAC systems can cause explosions if they are ignored, so you should take the issue very seriously.
Freon is a heat-transfer liquid that pulls the heat out of your office, making the area cool. If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be making anything cool, or if you’re noticing pools of condensation around the air conditioner, it could be that you have a Freon leak. You’ll want to call your commercial HVAC company to take a look for leaks.
If you’re consistently condensation on windows and doors in the summer months, or if your workplace constantly has a musty, moist feel, it’s very likely that the humidity is affecting your commercial HVAC system. Air conditioners are designed to pull humidity from the air, but in the hot, humid summer months, it may be more than what your HVAC system can handle. You can often use a dehumidifier in your office space to cut down on the moisture, but in the long-term, you may want to have a commercial service install a dehumidifier to remove moisture year-round.
A commercial HVAC system should be inspected at least twice a year for damage. Be sure to have your unit looked over in the spring and in the fall to ensure that your air conditioning and heating are prepared for the hottest and coldest months of the year. Don’t wait until there’s a heat wave to replace your HVAC system.
Worth the call. Always.