In the summer, a high-performing commercial air conditioner is essential to keep your clients and employees comfortable. A well-maintained air conditioner can reduce energy costs, improve air quality, and increase the life of your system. Regular maintenance from a qualified technician is the best way to ensure your system continues to operate efficiently. Keep reading to discover signs of an efficient air conditioner and know when to call for repairs.
1. Check the Thermostat Settings
You’ll want to adjust your temperature settings according to the season. During summer, you should keep your thermostat between 75 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. In cooler seasons, you can set your thermostat around 68 degrees. Additionally, ensure that the fan is on an ‘auto’ setting. The fan uses a huge amount of energy, so you’re wasting money without any additional heating or cooling benefit. Finally, consider investing in a programmable thermostat to adjust your temperature settings automatically throughout the day and night.
2. Inspect the Air Filter
An AC unit may have to work harder than necessary if the air filter is dirty. A clogged filter will restrict airflow, making the system work harder to achieve the same result. Therefore, it’s crucial to regularly check the air filter and swap out the dirty ones.
Replacing your air filters every three months is essential for improved performance and energy efficiency of your commercial AC. High-quality air filters will capture more dust, dirt, and other airborne particles to keep the air clean. A professional HVAC technician can help you determine the right size and type of filter for your AC unit.
3. Know Different Sounds
Different sounds from your HVAC system could be a sign that there is an issue. For example, a buzzing or clicking sound could mean something serious such as frayed wiring or worn-out parts. You can also have rattling sounds from your AC, indicating broken fan blades or internal debris.
Finally, a loud grinding or whining noise from your system may signal that the compressor needs to get replaced or that the AC requires more lubrication. When unusual sounds come from your HVAC system, a repair technician can effectively troubleshoot potential issues and bring it back to running quietly and efficiently.
4. Check for Obstructions Around the Outdoor Unit
If there are any obstructions around the outdoor unit, it can restrict airflow and cause your AC to work harder than necessary. Inspect the outdoor unit regularly and check for any debris blocking it if possible. Remove leaves, branches, weeds, or any other items. Additionally, check on plants growing close to the unit, and trim them back. Not only will this help to ensure the AC runs efficiently, but it will also prevent any damage that could occur due to overgrowth.
During a maintenance visit, an expert will check for signs of wear and tear. They will ensure all components, such as fan blades, coils, and fins, are in good condition. They will also look for any corrosion or damaged parts that may need replacement. Additionally, they will inspect the outdoor unit for any loose bolts or screws and tighten them if needed.
5. Check for Leaks in the Ductwork
If there are leaks in the ductwork, conditioned air can escape before it reaches the intended area. As a result, your AC will have to work harder to achieve the desired results.
Get an expert to check for leaks and inspect all ducts thoroughly for any signs of damage or cracks. If there are cracks, holes, or other damage to the ductwork, dirt and debris can enter the ducts. Using improperly sized filters or allowing the filters to become clogged can also lead to dirty ducts. Dirt and debris accumulating in the ductwork can restrict airflow, making the system work harder.
In conclusion, the best way to tell if your commercial AC is running efficiently and effectively is to hire an experienced HVAC contractor. At Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., we can inspect your AC system, make any necessary repairs, and perform preventive maintenance to help it run more efficiently. We can also advise you on the best ways to save energy, such as scheduling regular maintenance and using energy-efficient components. Contact Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. for more information and to schedule an appointment in Northglenn and the surrounding area.