If you have been faced with the aftermath of eqipment failure in the past, then you will know how vital it is to keep your HVAC systems running. If your heating or cooling unit fails it can prove catastrophic for your business. In addition, this can end up costing you a lot of money. That is why it is vital that you have regular servicing and maintenance to help prevent equipment failure. So, what kind of things can go wrong in an HVAC system, and how will regular servicing and maintenance help?
Common HVAC Problems
These are the most common problems that can lead to equipment failure:
1. Dirty Filters
If you do not thoroughly clean or replace filters regularly, they can gather dirt that will restrict air flow. This can put too much strain on the unit.
2. Faulty Thermostat
Your thermostat may stop working correctly or display incorrect readings. A common symptom of a faulty thermostat is when the fan continues to run, even after switching off your HVAC unit.
3. Wear and Tear
Many mechanical parts will break down after heavy use. This can lead to either too much or too little heat being produced, as well as airflow issues.
4. Strange Noises
If you start to hear noises while running the unit that do not sound normal, then it may indicate a mechanical problem. It is best to treat these sounds as if they are a warning.
5. Tripped Circuit Breakers
If your unit is working too hard, then it can trip the circuit breaker and blow a fuse.
6. Dirty Coils
If dirt clogs the evaporator coils it reduces the unit’s efficiency and causes it to wear down faster.
7. Fluid Leaks
If drain lines become clogged or broken they may start leaking water and other fluids.
8. Faulty Fan Motors
The fan motor is one of the hardest working parts in an HVAC system. It is important that motor bearings are regularly oiled, electrical connections are checked, and any debris is removed from your system. Without regular maintenance, your fan motor could fail.
9. Faulty Water Pumps
One of the most common signs of water pump failure is a leak. Wear and tear on the water pump seals and bearings can result in coolant leaks, which can lead to pump failure if not seen to quickly.
10. Refrigerant Leaks
If the air coming from your HVAC system is not as cold as it should be, this can be a sign of a refrigerant leak. The usual cause of refrigerant leaks are holes or cracks in the coils that circulate the refrigerant around your system.
The Importance of HVAC Maintenance
In order to reduce the probability of issues occurring in the first place, it is vital that you schedule regular servicing and maintenance for your HVAC unit. Having your unit serviced at least twice a year will help you save not only on costs spent repairing it in the long term, but losses occurring through downtime. When choosing a company to service your unit, make sure they are experienced enough to conduct a thorough inspection of your equipment. Check online to see how previous clients have reviewed them and see if the rates they charge are fair. Ultimately, the company you choose should be able to guarantee the quality of their work in straightforward language that you can understand.
How Welch Refrigeration Can Help
At Welch Refrigeration, we provide a wide range of installation and maintenance services for clients in Suffolk and beyond. To keep your HVAC unit running at its best, we offer bespoke maintenance services, priced individually based on your requirements. We are available 24/7 for emergency call-outs, and can carry out maintenance visits between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. To find out more about our selection of air conditioning services and more, visit us online or speak with our friendly team via phone. To keep your unit running smoothly, contact Welch Refrigeration for quality planned preventative maintenance services.