While HVAC systems are designed to run on their own with little intervention, keeping your unit regularly maintained will make a huge difference in regards to its running properly and how long it lasts before you need a new one. If you’re handy and would like to try this type of repair and maintenance on your own, here is where to begin:
Thermostats: Whenever your unit is showing a problem, the first step should be to check the thermostat. Your problem might be as simple as the unit needs new batteries! If you use a programmable thermostat, it’s possible that a brief power outage or surge could have changed the programming. Your thermostat display could be what’s affecting your HVAC and the problem is relatively easy to fix.
Power switches: If you walk in one morning and your office is dark, would you immediately think you need a new lightbulb? No, you would go and flip the switch to turn the light on! This same simple solution can also help you with your HVAC repair. The power switch to components of your HVAC system looks like a regular light switch and is usually located in an attic or basement. If anyone has recently been in those locations, it’s worth checking to see if any switches have been flipped on accident.
Air filters: Many problems can arise simply from forgetting to change the air filters. Just like at home, you need to change the air filters at work too! When the air filter is clogged, it means your HVAC unit has to work harder to pump the air through the building. The harder it works, the more likely it is to break down.
Condenser unit: If you’re having problems with airflow or temperature inside your building, the condenser should be one of your first places to check. The condenser is the outdoor “box” that runs your central air conditioner. Make sure that the airflow is free by checking the unit periodically to see if there’s any debris or vegetation that is blocking air exits.
Circuit breakers: An overheated air conditioning unit can overload your system and trip the breaker. If this happens, all you need to do is flip the breaker back to its normal position. This is an easy fix but keep in mind, if it happens often, you might want to contact a professional rather than DIY. It may mean your unit is working much harder than it should be and needs serious repair.
When it comes down to it, you may decide you simply do not have the time, patience, tools, or skill level necessary for a DIY HVAC repair. There is no shame in that! You don’t need to do it yourself when you have the trustworthy experts at Coffey Refrigeration to call upon. For commercial HVAC repair or maintenance, our team is the one to call. We have plenty of experience serving local restaurants, hospitals, stores, and government facilities in Kennewick, WA. We can also work on HVAC units in schools, senior centers, fire and police stations, or retail stores. We are ready to complete any job, anytime!
Please call us at (509) 586-1519 and let us know your HVAC system needs some repair work done. We’ll be out very soon!