Summer is in full swing and nothing is worse than your air conditioner malfunctioning on a scorching 40-degree Melbourne day. While modern commercial air conditioning systems are well-designed and reliable, they are also highly technical units that rely on many components to work together for proper functionality. Cowan Air is Melbourne’s choice for efficient commercial air conditioning maintenance and repairs. Here are a few things that could go wrong if you don’t stay on top of your commercial air con maintenance.
One of the most common problems to appear is within the thermostat. Thermostats that don’t receive regular inspection and servicing can malfunction in a number of ways:
- They can become unresponsive
- Cause continuous running of the system and refuse to shut down
- Not adjust the temperature when the user adjusts it
- Display the wrong temperature
Clogged Air Filters
Air filters are sheets of fibreglass that are installed across the airway in order to prevent dust, dirt, debris and spores from entering the system. Ignoring air filter maintenance is a big mistake that can result in costly repairs. A clogged air filter will reduce the airflow in the system and force the system to work harder than it’s designed to do, this can lead to break downs and significantly shorten the life of the whole system.
The job of the compressor is to push refrigerant through the coils in order to enable heat exchange. If the compressor is not working correctly, there is no circulation of refrigerant, and therefore no cool air flowing into the building. The compressor must be checked on a regular basis, neglecting maintenance will mean refrigerant levels can drop over time resulting in the commercial air con system becoming less effective and eventually stop working.
The ducts of the system distribute air and maintain proper airflow, ensuring staff and customers inside are comfortable. Ducts that are not checked regularly can be leaking as much as 30% of the cool air the system produces. Leaking cool air reduces energy efficiency, meaning higher inside temperatures and higher energy bills. Regular commercial air conditioning maintenance, including checks of the ductwork will result in a cooler inside temperature, and a system that runs efficiently.
Dirty Condenser Coils
Condenser coils are located outside the building which means they can easily become dirty. If left uncleaned and not inspected regularly, the dirt can overwhelm the coils causing a number of potential problems, including:
- A significant drop in performance
- A dramatic rise in energy consumption
- The cooling ability dropping by up to 30%
- A total system break down
Other Issues That Can Result from A Lack of Commercial Air Con Maintenance Include:
- Musty smells coming from the system
- Clunking or banging sounds when the system starts up
- Squealing or whistling noises while the system is running
Commercial air con maintenance is a necessity for keeping your business premises pleasant and comfortable all year round. If your air con system isn’t working properly or you would like to ensure your unit is in top working order to get you through the summer, call Cowan Air today on (03) 8586 1100 for a preventative maintenance call out.