A malfunctioning HVAC system in your commercial setting can make the working environment less comfortable, leading to a drop in productivity and an increase in potential errors. As such, you’ll want to have the system checked and fixed as soon as possible.
But how do you know it’s time to call commercial HVAC repair specialists? Well, look for the following signs:
Spike in utility bills
Have you seen a spike in utility bills? While some months will require more power to heat or cool your commercial spaces, a sudden or unusual increase in energy bills without any drastic changes or additional appliances is an indicator of a malfunction.
This could be happening because there are dust and debris coated on some components of your system, for example, air filters. Clogged or dirty air filters will cause airflow issues and force your HVAC unit to overwork, making it draw more electricity than usual.
Odd smells from vents
Watch out for odd smells from vents. If you experience musty or pungent odors, it could be a sign of potential mold or mildew. This case needs a prompt response, as spores can severely affect air quality and compromise your employee’s productivity.
Sometimes you might notice rotten egg smells coming off your vents, and this often indicates you have a gas leak. Burnt smells should be a concern as well. The common causes of burnt smells include wires melting, compressor overheating, and short-circuiting.
Funny disruptive noises
Hearing funny disruptive noises? When your air conditioner or heating system starts to make strange noises different from the normal operating noises, then that’s a clear signal there’s an issue with the equipment. The constant rattling, clanking, clicking, and squealing sounds are, without a doubt, going to make the working environment less conducive for your team. They can also disturb your clients or visiting vendors.
If there are rattling or humming noises, the system components and outdoor unit should be checked for loose parts and possible debris coating. Clanking or banging noises may also be an indication that the loose parts are moving around.
Squealing is a sign of bearing or fan belt issues with your unit. As for the constant clicking noises when the system runs, they are often not a reason for a lot of concern. It could be a control panel problem.
What is short cycling? If your system keeps turning off and on in a short period, schedule a commercial HVAC repair service immediately. Your HVAC may be experiencing this because of weak airflow, fluid leakage, frosty evaporator coils, or it’s just too big or small for your building.
Inconsistent or inefficient temperature control
You know something is wrong when your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump system fails to meet the required temperature levels to create the comfort needed. That means you have Inconsistent or inefficient temperature control.
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