What To Do If Your HVAC System Breaks Down

In Tampa, Florida, where MaintenX is headquartered, an HVAC breakdown is considered a critical emergency for most businesses. In the summer temperatures reach the 90s every day, and with 80% humidity, it’s nearly impossible to continue working. Even if your business is operational, your customers will not feel welcome in a place with no A/C. That is why we’ve created this emergency guide to help you in the event of an unexpected HVAC breakdown. 


Step 1: Call MaintenX immediately. 

If your HVAC system breaks down, the very first thing you need to do is call for help. Don’t wait several minutes or an hour for your onsite handyman to look at the problem! It’s better to call and not need service than to delay service because you think you can fix the problem quickly. The sooner you call, the sooner you’ll be back in business. 


Step 2: Verify your system has power and the breaker isn’t tripped. 

Once you’ve requested professional service, you can begin looking for quick fixes that may help you get the A/C back on quickly. Check the power source and breaker box to see if power has been cut for any reason. If so, you still may want a consult from an electrician or handyman, but at least you can get the A/C back up and running temporarily. 


Step 3: Check the thermostat

If you are certain power is not the issue, check to see if the thermostat is the problem. It may be the problem and not your unit, which can easily be remedied by a change of batteries or minor repair by your HVAC technician. 


Step 4: Provide fans for onsite employees. 

If the problem cannot be easily diagnosed and resolved, it’s time to take action by provisioning employees with a temporary cooling solution. This can keep everyone onsite at least for a few hours until the problem is resolved.


Step 5: Consult with your HVAC technician  

Once your MaintenX technician arrives, they will be able to diagnose the issue and provide either a fix or options for future repairs. In the worst-case scenario, you’ll need a new unit that your MaintenX technician can help you select. Either way, we will ensure your HVAC system is up and running as soon as possible. 

MaintenX specializes in HVAC/R repair for commercial facilities across the U.S. If you have an HVAC emergency, contact us here.

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