An HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist for Commercial Buildings

March 25, 2019

The return of spring means it’s time to check off all the tasks on your commercial building’s spring cleaning checklist. For many commercial building owners, this includes trimming the trees, replacing the lighting and taking care of the water heater. Make sure your spring maintenance checklist also includes HVAC maintenance in Chalmette, LA!

Commercial buildings throughout the country spend more than $400 billion on energy each year, and the HVAC system is one of the biggest energy hogs. Regularly maintaining the HVAC can lower your monthly energy bills, allowing you to allocate the funds for other purposes. Commercial building managers will be able to keep the system running as smoothly as possible throughout the year by following this checklist:

  • Change the air filters: Air filters remove all the contaminants in the air, like dirt, dust, mold, pollen and other allergens. Your employees and customers end up breathing all of these things in without a filter, or if the current one is too dirty. The filter should be checked regularly and replaced at least every three months.
  • Brush off the indoor components: The indoor components should be clear of dirt, dust and any other accumulation. Clean off the blower fans, control panels and evaporator coils. Then, lubricate all the moving parts to keep them running smoothly.
  • Check refrigerant levels: The HVAC relies on refrigerant to capture and release heat. Additional refrigerant needs to be added anytime the levels dip below the manufacturer-recommended amount.
  • Clean outside the condenser unit: The outdoor cabinet that holds the condenser unit needs to be kept clear of any debris that could block the vent and reduce airflow. Clean off any leaves, mud, grass, litter or anything else stuck near the coils and vents. Afterwards, straighten out any bends in the coils before using a mild detergent and water to clean the cabinet.
  • Program the thermostat: Programming the thermostat is the best way to save money on your HVAC use. The programming on the thermostat should be reset any time there’s a change in season or the system isn’t being used regularly. Even automated systems need to be double checked to ensure they’re working properly. Additionally, the thermostat should be properly calibrated so it’s consistently taking accurate readings.
  • Check drip pans and drain lines: A clog in an HVAC system’s drain lines can cause mold and mildew to grow and could eventually result in serious structural damage. Remove any obstructions to keep the moisture flowing freely in addition to ensuring the drip pan and drain lines are emptying correctly.
  • Schedule regular maintenance: An HVAC technician should inspect the unit regularly. They will be able to perform routine maintenance and address any developing problems as they arise.

These maintenance steps should be performed regularly to keep an HVAC functioning at its best. Do not hesitate to call JMB A/C & Heating LLC for more information or if you have any questions about your commercial HVAC in Chalmette, LA. Don’t forget to ask your technician about our spring cleaning specials!

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