MaintenX is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, and it comes as no surprise to the locals that our most requested service in the area is HVAC repair. Many would agree that you’re not really a Floridian unless you’ve had the A/C break down in the middle of July. The excessive heat coupled with intense humidity puts units under incredible stress, and as they get older they simply cannot keep up.
So, what happens when you’re in the middle of the work day and the A/C shuts off completely? In many cases, it is not safe for employees to continue working, especially in commercial kitchens or bakeries when the heat is already intense. And, even if you can keep your doors open, it’s unlikely that customers will want to stay if you don’t have A/C in your building.
If you are worried about this possibility (or are experiencing it right now), here’s what you need to do:
- Call your MaintenX team immediately – If the A/C is shut off completely, call your local provider immediately for service. Because summer is our busiest month it may take several hours or even the next day for us to send a team onsite. The sooner you call, the sooner a team can be dispatched to help.
- Turn up the thermostat – Oftentimes, we turn down the temperature in an attempt to get the building to cool faster, but this only overworks the system. If your unit can’t keep up, turn up the temperature to give it a break and avoid a complete shutoff.
- Check for airflow issues – Airflow can be blocked by old air filters, furnishings against the vents, or even clutter near the main indoor unit. This can cause the unit to overwork and shut down, but is luckily an easy fix.
Once you’ve followed these three steps, wait until your HVAC technician arrives to provide an analysis and diagnosis. Your MaintenX team can help you either repair or find solutions to your issue to ensure you stay cool through the summer.