Common Facilities Maintenance Problems (and How to Solve Them)

Your company’s building or facility requires a lot of maintenance to continue running efficiently. With so many different critical systems, such as air conditioning, electrical and plumbing, there is a lot of room for things to malfunction. To avoid that inconvenience, here are a few common maintenance problems and how to solve them.

Air Conditioning Issues

Any business owner or facility manager knows, if your company’s air conditioning goes out, you probably have to close down until its fixed. To prevent this downtime in your company, there are a few easy steps to take with your air conditioning unit. Make sure to change your air filters every month, or at least every 90 days. Clean condenser coils and drain pans regularly to ensure your unit is working at its peak efficiency. Finally, check all windows and doors to ensure there are no air leaks. Replace weather stripping where necessary to avoid cold air leaving the building.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains and sinks can be a pesky problem in the workplace. If this is happening in your bathroom or kitchen, use a snake to try to unclog the blockage yourself. This tool can be found at your any local hardware store. You can also mix a half cup of baking soda and a half cup white vinegar and pour it down the drain. After letting this sit for several hours, run warm water down the drain to flush out the mixture. This remedy can break down any buildup in your drain pipes.

Leaking Faucet

A leaking faucet can be a nuisance at your company, but it can also cause your water bills to increase. Although a few drips don’t seem like much, this water waste can accumulate. In most cases, your sink’s washer has to be replaced. After prying off the decorative cap on your sink handle, use a crescent wrench to unscrew the packing nut. Once complete, replace the washer and reassemble.

With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to solve your facility maintenance problems all on your own and even prevent them in the future.