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How To Troubleshoot HVAC Problems Before Calling Maintenance

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No facility manager ever wants to call in maintenance for an emergency. Whether it’s a leaky faucet, a mold sighting, or a broken AC unit, nothing ruins your day faster than having to plan and budget for an onsite repair. At MaintenX we try to make these headaches as quick and painless as possible. Our technicians value your time and work hard to reduce downtime and expenses. We also want to keep your facility running at peak performance through preventative maintenance checks, and helpful advice on how you can troubleshoot maintenance problems yourself before calling a technician. 

Some problems should be left to the professionals, but others you can quickly take care of yourself. Your HVAC unit is one such area where a little bit of knowledge can go a long way towards preventing maintenance calls and emergency situations. If you’re experiencing fluctuations in temperature or can never seem to get your office cold enough, here are some issues that may be the culprit:

The unit sizing or installation is wrong. 

Does your facility struggle every day to reach the temperature set on the thermostat? Does your AC quit after very short cycles, leaving tenants and staff dissatisfied? If so, you may have an HVAC unit that is improperly sized or installed. While you may not be able to fix the problem on your own, noticing these issues early on will help you amend the situation more quickly. 

You have poor airflow through your vents. 

When your air filters are dirty, you’ll notice several negative side effects. First and foremost, your AC will not run very efficiently. The unit needs to be able to easily pull air from the environment to cool it. If your filters are dirty, you’re effectively suffocating your AC unit and not allowing it to perform. You may also notice that your air quality is not what it should be. Your facility may be more humid, and you’ll notice that dust starts to accumulate because the air is not being properly ventilated. Ensure that you change your filters every month, or schedule regular preventative maintenance from MaintenX as our technicians will do this for you. 

Your thermostat is reading incorrectly

We typically recommend smart thermostats for clients, because they can better regulate temperature without any manual adjustment. However, there may be issues with your thermostat that go undetected, causing problems in your facility’s temperature control. If your thermostat is installed in a sunny area, it may read the average temperature of the facility incorrectly. You may also have incorrect readings if the batteries are about to die. Check to make sure your thermostat is reading correctly before putting in a maintenance request. 

If you’ve looked at all the obvious problems to your HVAC problem and still don’t see a solution, call your MaintenX technicians for help. We will happily visit your facility and either repair the issue immediately or provide suggestions on next steps for your problem. When your HVAC unit is in trouble, call MaintenX for help!