At MaintenX, we take HVAC maintenance very seriously. It is one of the most common sore spots on our clients’ maintenance plans, and can become a great hassle if neglected for too long. We work alongside clients to help them create better HVAC care habits and avoid costly repairs.
An inefficient HVAC system will not only increase your energy bill, but it may cost you in tenant satisfaction and staff productivity. Everybody notices an HVAC unit that isn’t performing. If the problem persists for too long, you could lose customers and have to answer to a disgruntled staff. Don’t let this problem hurt your business!
If you’re doing any of the following poor HVAC maintenance practices, it’s time to change things up. Finding a solution to these issues now will always be less costly than waiting for the problem to go away. Here are four things NOT to do when it comes to HVAC maintenance:
You believe changing the filters on your own is adequate preventative maintenance.
HVAC systems are complex and require professional care on an annual basis. While you should be changing filters every month, you should also be planning for a professional to come out and provide a tune-up on ductwork and each individual outdoor unit. This will help you reduce repair costs and keep your building healthy.
You don’t contact your HVAC technician when you notice a change in the power bill.
During the summer and winter, you may be expecting a slight increase in energy costs. However, if your energy bill becomes irregular month over month, there may be an indication that something is wrong with your system or the facility’s insulation. An especially costly month is cause for a call from your maintenance team, even if it’s just to schedule a consultation.
You don’t call a professional when you hear strange noises coming from a unit.
HVAC units are supposed to be relatively quiet inside. While the outdoor unit may make a low rumbling, if you hear any loud or unusual noise you should call a technician immediately. These noises are a sign of internal damage and must be addressed by a professional. The sooner you call, the more likely you are to save on repairs.
You aren’t budgeting for preventative maintenance or future HVAC upgrades.
A reactive maintenance budget is not enough to get the most out of your HVAC system. By budgeting for preventative maintenance services, you can extend its service life and reduce your emergency maintenance costs. It’s also important to budget for upgrades so that when your current unit reaches its end, you’re financially prepared.
If you’re interested in learning more about HVAC preventative care, contact your local MaintenX team today!