The EPA predicts the US will lose more than 1.8 billion labor hours in 2100 due to extreme temperatures. That’s more than 170 billion dollars in lost wages. More than ever before, it’s essential that commercial spaces have efficient air cooling systems.
Your customers and staff are affected when your commercial air conditioner isn’t working. Here are some signs of an a/c problem and their possible causes.
1. Unusual Temperature Fluctuations
When commercial buildings start to experience unusual fluctuations in temperature, it’s likely due to the failure of one part of the air conditioning system. While it might be a major system problem, a more straightforward answer is possible. There might be a problem with the sensor that measures the temperature in the rooms.
If the system is constantly cycling or turning on and off intermittently, it may be an issue with a temperature sensor. It could also be caused by a broken or malfunctioning thermostat. When your system is always running, it increases your power costs, and your unit will wear out sooner.
2. Poor Cooling During the Day
One of the most common complaints from commercial customers is an air conditioning system that doesn’t keep up with their cooling needs throughout the day. When your a/c can cool your building early in the day but fails as the day gets hotter, you need to have your system checked. You can avoid costly AC repairs by following a regular maintenance program.
AC problems often come from poor air circulation. Low airflow can be due to a dirty filter. Routine aircon servicing by a professional technician will ensure that air flows freely.
3. Unusual Noises
When you hear loud or unusual noises from your a/c system, turn off your system and call a service technician immediately. Noises are often a sign of a broken air conditioner, and this problem will worsen if you continue to operate the equipment.
Loud banging is usually a problem with a blower fan. High-pitched squeals are often from refrigerant leaks which can be a health hazard as well as a significant risk to your unit.
4. Frozen Coils
Your air conditioner has evaporator coils that contain refrigerant or coolant. Fans blow hot air over these coils, and the coils absorb the heat, cooling the air. Moisture in the air lands on the coils and drains down into a pan. When the water freezes on the coils, lack of airflow is usually the problem.
Dirty air filters may cause low airflow, but a damaged blower fan can also affect air circulation. If you have a leaky air conditioner, you will lose refrigerant, making it harder for the coils to absorb heat. Problems within the ducting system itself can cause blockages.
Regular Commercial Air Conditioner Checks
There are many good reasons to keep your commercial air conditioner in tip-top shape. Now that you understand the value of regular maintenance, you’ll find the right service to meet your requirements.
Did you find this article helped you decide to leave the a/c maintenance to the pros? If so, check our other helpful articles to discover how you can stay ahead of equipment maintenance issues.