Preparing Your Commercial HVAC for Upcoming Holiday Traffic

On the first hot summer, the last thing you need is to switch your commercial central air conditioner to find it does not work. When the commercial air conditioner sits idle for some time, debris settles on the system. This means you require a little maintenance to have it start running well. You may put your clients in a hot session for several days if you do not do the maintenance ahead of the hot summer days. Here are tips to prepare your commercial HVAC system working for your business efficiency during the hot summer traffic.

A/C Basics

There are two main components in the HVAC system. They include an evaporator unit that is located at the furnace or air handler and the condenser unit that is located outdoors. When working together, the two units extract heat from the environment. The furnace blower or air handler blows the dehumidified, chilled air to the business space through the ductwork. Repairs to these two units are left for professionals. However, you can do certain maintenance and clean work to increase the HVAC efficiency.

Safety First

Before you start working on the commercial HVAC system, ensure you turn the power leading to the condenser off. The condenser also has a weatherproof 240-volts disconnect box situated near the unit. It contains a circuit, a lever, and fuses to have it shut off. Turn them off as well. The condenser also has a capacitor that should be left for an hour to discharge because its charges are dangerous. Avoid touching all electrical components.

Replace or Clean the Filters

This is the most important, often easiest, steps of all. You can replace or clean the air handler filters on the surface twice a year. However, you should not wait until its half a year to clean them if they appear clogged. If you don’t clean them, it will reduce efficiency as the flow of air will be restricted. This means dust will recirculate in your home.

Clean the HVAC Condenser Coils

The condenser unit of the central air conditioner is located outside with grilles and a metal box. The condenser cover protects it through winter seasons to trap debris accumulation. Clean it because it may contain debris, dirt, and leaves.

Test the Unit

After cleaning and maintenance, allow the unit to dry well and turn the power on to the condenser. See if it is running properly. If it is not, call O.C. McDonald at (408) 295-2182 to check it.