Preparing Your Commercial Cooling System For New England Summer

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Commercial cooling system on a rooftop.

Your commercial cooling system has a big job to do in order to handle the hot and humid temperatures of New England weather. The time to inspect your commercial HVAC system is not in July when the dog days of summer have descended. Rather, now is when you should be scheduling an inspection for your cooling system in advance of summer so that you’re never without refreshing indoor air when you really need it.

The key to avoiding a malfunction at the most unfortunate time is preventative maintenance now. This will keep your employees, guests, and temperature-sensitive goods safe and comfortable when it’s most needed. It’s no secret that properly-maintained HVAC systems boost energy efficiency, reduce fuel use, reduce electrical bills, and improve indoor air quality. Plus, an HVAC system that’s well-maintained, especially in preparation of peak usage seasons, will prolong its lifespan.

Tips to Prep Your Commercial Cooling System for Summer

Your trusted commercial cooling contractor in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts can perform an inspection of your system to make sure it can handle the rigors of the upcoming summer season. In the meantime, here are some things to consider when getting your commercial cooling system ready for New England weather.

1. Check Your Commercial Cooling System Filters

Inspect your cooling system’s filters to make sure they are clean. If they are clogged with dirt, they won’t work efficiently, decreasing system efficiency and causing the unit to run harder and longer than it should. Not only does this result in increased energy costs, it also increases wear and tear and reduces equipment lifespan.

Rooftop commercial cooling system.

If the filters are dirty with dust and pollen, clean or replace them. Clean filters are important in allowing air flow to pass through unimpeded and keep the commercial cooling system free of contaminants. Switching out or cleaning air filters is important periodically all year long, but especially in summer when the unit is working overtime to keep everyone comfortable. A good rule of thumb is to replace them every three months, or clean them if you have washable filters.

2. Ensure Your Cooling System’s Efficient Airflow

In the same vein, check for proper airflow through the commercial cooling system unit. If there is a blockage, the unit won’t be able to operate at optimal capacity. Check that all vents and registers are clear, and remove obstructions if necessary. 

3. Check Refrigerant Levels in your Cooling System

Refrigerant plays a crucial role in any HVAC system, as it absorbs and releases heat to ensure efficiency. The compressor can overheat and fail with lack of refrigerant, straining the unit and leading to increased energy costs. Low refrigerant levels can indicate a leak.

4. Check the Coils and Other Commercial Cooling System Parts

Look for dirt and dust in the coils, as dirty ones can reduce system efficiency. Replace coils before summer hits for best results. Make sure the coils are not bent and other mechanical parts such as the fan are able to move freely. Check for loose and broken or damaged belts. 

Commercial rooftop cooling system.

5. Inspect you Cooling System’s Wiring and Drain Lines

Check wiring for damage, such as burnt wires, loose connections, shorts, or rodent nests. Examine drain lines for blockages by mold or a buildup of mineral deposits. If blocked, clean them out for proper drainage.

6. Test and Start Up the System

Once all checks have been done, it’s time to test out and start the system to make sure everything works well in advance of officially switching it on for the season.

7. Schedule a Professional Inspection for Your Commercial Cooling System

When faced with all the above tasks in preparing your cooling system for summer, it can seem overwhelming, especially if you don’t have the tools or know-how to do the job. That’s where a professional HVAC company comes in. Not only do professionals know how to properly assess your system while identifying and addressing potential problems, they can create a customized plan to ensure your unit is ready to tackle the busy summer season. A big bonus of regular seasonal maintenance by a pro? You save money with preventative maintenance while extending the useful life of your HVAC system.

 

Schedule your Summer Commercial Cooling System Inspection or Maintenance Today.

If you haven’t taken advantage of one of our maintenance packages yet, there’s no better time than now to do so. We provide routine maintenance on commercial cooling systems, as we know better than anyone the demands New England weather can place on your business. Schedule your customized spring maintenance plan now in advance of summer when you contact us at 401-487-5770 or complete our online form.