Winter Checklist for Commercial HVAC Systems

McKenney's HVAC team

McKenney's HVAC team

Proper maintenance of the heating and air systems in a commercial building should be among the top priorities for facilities managers and maintenance departments.  These systems represent the largest energy consumers, so it’s important to keep them operating at peak efficiency.  Not only can this save money and eliminate costly emergency repairs, but it also keeps the indoor environment comfortable for building occupants.  The following checklist of maintenance tasks should be addressed each winter season by building management and professional HVAC technicians.

Preventative maintenance

If cold weather seasonal maintenance was not completed in the fall, it should be performed as soon as possible.  As the weather gets colder, the heating units are used more consistently.  They should be checked by professionals to ensure everything is working properly.  This includes both indoor and outdoor components.  Thermostats should also be adjusted and programmed for winter weather and optimal energy efficiency.

Change air filters

The filters should be inspected and changed as needed.  The in-house maintenance team should be able to handle this task.  Dirty filters impede airflow and reduce system efficiency.  The units will have to work harder to compensate.  Clean filters help to keep indoor air free from pollutants.

Inspect HVAC components

This job is best left to the experts.  Parts of the heating units that should be inspected include the furnace fan motor and blades, heat exchanger, blower motor along with amp draw testing, flue system, control box, and wiring and electrical connections.  Moving parts should be lubricated and belts inspected for damage.

Clean and inspect ductwork

Framed building installation of air conditioner and heating ductwork in ceiling

Dirty air ducts put stress on the system and negatively affect indoor air quality. Periodic cleaning of the ducts eliminates mold, mildew, and other contaminants that can affect the health of building occupants.  Ductwork should be checked for air leaks, which waste energy and allow contaminants to circulate indoors.  Open joints should be resealed and corroded ducts should be repaired or replaced.

Replace aging equipment

Older heating units typically need more repairs.  A unit that is ten or more years old may be only half as efficient as a new one.  Replacing aging equipment may make the most sense when looking for ways to increase energy efficiency and lower utility and repair bills.

Choose a trusted professional.

Hiring a commercial HVAC contractor to inspect and maintain the heating and air systems ensures that the equipment is operating safely and efficiently.  Small issues can be identified and addressed before they turn into costly repairs.  McKenney’s is a trusted name in commercial mechanical and HVAC systems in the Atlanta and Charlotte markets.  Our expertly trained technicians help clients proactively manage their systems to enhance performance, minimize downtime, and reduce operating costs.  Contact us today to schedule the winter HVAC service for your commercial building.

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