7 Common Industrial HVAC Repairs You May Need if You Don’t Maintain Your System

Industrial HVAC

Regular industrial HVAC repairs form the foundation of a healthy heating and cooling system. While it can be easy to put these tasks on the back burner, neglecting system maintenance can result in a whole host of problems down the line, from surprise repair bills to lost productivity.

Here are some common industrial HVAC repairs that will warrant a professional if you don’t maintain your system now.

Partnering with an industrial HVAC specialist in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts is the first step.

1. Dirty Filters

It may sound like no big deal, but dirty air filters can cause more problems than you realize. In fact, they are one of the most common issues impacting the performance of your commercial or industrial HVAC system. Fortunately, a dirty filter is an easy fix. Changing your filter on a regular basis is important, but the frequency will depend on factors like local air quality and the kind of business you run.
A general rule of thumb is to replace them every three months. When purchasing filters for your industrial HVAC, be sure to pay attention to the MERV rating. This stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values, and they represent the filter’s ability to capture large particles. The higher the number, the better its ability to filter your business’ air.

2. Dirty Coils

The evaporator coil of the heat pump or AC in your HVAC system serves an important job. When those coils are dirty, the system won’t be nearly as efficient and it will age prematurely. If you have a dirty evaporator coil such as a heat pump on an exterior unit, it can just be hosed off. But if you have a large complex unit indoors, you will need a trained service technician to clean the coils.

3. Refrigerant Leaks

The air conditioning in any HVAC system needs chemicals such as refrigerants in order to operate. Refrigerant leaks are a very common reason behind service calls, as the AC will not work with low refrigerant levels. Many things can be to blame for a refrigerant leak, such as coil corrosion, loose fittings, and holes in the refrigerant pipes. Your best bet for preventing leaks is to hire an HVAC specialist to perform regular checks on all your units. They can perform the necessary inspections and cleaning, at all the right intervals, to avoid unnecessary and costly service calls.

4. Duct Leaks and Dirty Ductwork

The ducts that carry air throughout your facility can get clogged with dirt, dust, and contaminants – not to mention critters and insects that decide to set up shop in there. By cleaning your ductwork regularly, you can ensure a more efficient system, lower energy bills, and better indoor air quality for your employees and guests.

Leaks are another problem. If air is allowed to escape from your ductwork via small gaps and cracks, you’re paying good money for precious conditioned air that you are losing to the outdoors. Plus, your system will have to work harder to condition your air, straining the units further. Ducts and registers should be cleaned and inspected regularly.

5. Clogged Drain Pipes and Water Leaks

If you have ever spotted puddles of water near your HVAC units, this is because they produce condensate as a byproduct of cooling and heating the air. Drains are designed to redirect the condensate, but if those are clogged, leaks or musty odors will result. You may be able to troubleshoot simple cases, but many clogged pipes in an industrial setting need to be professionally addressed. If you can’t even locate the source of the leak, this is another reason to place a service call. It’s best to continually monitor for clogs and address them while small.

6. Pilot or Ignition Problems

Ignition problems can plague gas furnace systems, leaving your building without heat when you need it most. This can lead to a potentially dangerous situation. Culprits could include a dirty pilot light or blocked gas supply. Your HVAC professional in Rhode Island can check the ignition component and troubleshoot other potential problems.

7. Thermostat Issues

As you know, programmable thermostats can help your business save on energy costs while keeping the building more comfortable. But it can be tricky to get the proper initial thermostat settings. Thermostats can and do malfunction, so if you’re having difficulty maintaining the correct temperature, you may have to place a service call to identify if a sensor problem, drained battery, or something else is to blame. Regular checks for your thermostat can avoid these small issues that can come with a big bill.

Contact MJ Electric and Refrigeration for Your Industrial HVAC Repairs Needs

As you can see, maintenance is imperative if you want to keep your industrial HVAC system running in tip-top shape. For help, contact us at 401-487-5770 or fill out our online form. We can get you on a regular maintenance schedule to ensure nothing is missed and you don’t have to stress about remembering to call us for service. Serving Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts since 2005, we specialize in commercial and industrial HVAC system maintenance.