Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist for Commercial Buildings
The change of seasons from summer to fall means it’s time to get your commercial heating system ready for another winter’s service. Fall HVAC maintenance ensures your furnace, heat pump, boiler, or other heating equipment will work effectively and reliably, providing plenty of heat to keep your employees and customers warm. The following information will give you an understanding of why fall HVAC maintenance is important, and what your HVAC professional should do to get your heating system ready for the season.
Benefits of Fall HVAC Maintenance
Maintenance is critical to keep heating and cooling equipment working properly and reliably. With regular preventive maintenance, you can expect benefits such as:
- Improved performance: Heating equipment in good repair will operate at a higher level of performance, producing plenty of heat for your commercial facility. Heating will be more consistent without cold spots, inconsistencies in heating quality, or other performance issues.
- Better efficiency: Keeping your heating system in good repair will ensure it works at its best level of efficiency, which provides savings of both energy and money. The equipment will be more effective at converting fuel to heat, reducing your monthly costs and the amount of fuel necessary to keep your facility at the temperature your prefer.
- Better reliability: When your heating system is kept in good shape, it will work when you need it without malfunctions and breakdowns. A heating system that has received regular maintenance tuneups will break down less often. The equipment will also be more likely to work properly even when the highest level of stress is placed on it during the coldest days of the year.
- Longer functional lifespan: A well-maintained HVAC system will last longer than one that is neglected or one that receives only occasional maintenance. Most heating and cooling systems are designed to work reliably for a decade or more, but lack of maintenance can shorten the expected functional lifespan significantly. This could mean early breakdowns that may require complete system replacement.
Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist
- Evaluate equipment condition: Is your heating system still in good operational condition? If you had problems with the equipment last year, such as frequent breakdowns or malfunctions, ask your HVAC professional if it’s time to replace your heating system. This may require a significant financial investment, but you’ll save money with more reliable and more energy-efficient heating equipment in the long run.
- Clean the equipment: Heating systems should be cleaned to ensure safe and effective operation. Combustion chambers should be cleaned of soot or other byproducts. Cabinets should be cleaned of dust and any debris that could interfere with equipment function. Internal components, such as electrical connections, should be cleaned and adjusted.
- Replace air filters: Air filters may seem like a minor component, but they have a significant effect on heating system performance. They help maintain the airflow that the system needs for proper function. In addition, they also help keep your indoor air clean by removing dust, pollen, and other particulates from the air moving through the system.
- Tend to thermostats: The thermostat senses indoor temperature changes and controls when the system switches off and on. Make sure the thermostat is properly calibrated to ensure it takes accurate temperature readings. Also make sure thermostats are not installed in areas that could affect performance, such as in direct sunlight. Consider installing programmable thermostats for better system control.
- Inspect and adjust: Your HVAC technician should give the system a thorough inspection. He should make necessary adjustments and minor repairs to keep the equipment working properly. This should include tasks such as checking and lubricating moving parts, checking fuel lines and connections, testing for carbon monoxide leaks, and sealing ductwork.
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