(Updated July 2019) Operating a business or managing properties is often rewarding, although at times stressful, especially when you suspect your commercial HVAC needs repair service. Some days you may feel more like a firefighter than a business owner or manager. Best case, your commercial heating and air systems operate consistently in the background.
If not, it can cause a ripple effect of issues and distract you from your core business. Look for these top 5 signs your commercial HVAC system needs repairs from professionals. At Estes Commercial in Atlanta, Georgia, we’re ready to help so you can focus on what you do best.
Sign #1: Commercial HVAC Energy Expense Spike
Sometimes a heat wave or cold snap produces an unusual surge in heating or AC use. If your energy bills show a spike unrelated to seasonality, however, it indicates a possible malfunction.
Your thermostats or controls may be feeding your commercial HVAC faulty readings. There may also be a refrigerant leak, clogged filters, or dust and debris in the system. Any of these strain your system and contribute to overuse.
In addition to a big utility bill, these malfunctions cause excess wear and tear to your equipment. This shortens its lifespan and increases the likelihood of additional repairs and even early replacements.
Sign #2: Odd Smells from Commercial HVAC Vents
Be suspicious of odd smells from your vents.
If you or your employees smell something musty or pungent, call Estes Commercial to investigate! Musty smells indicate a potential mold or mildew problem.
Commercial HVAC repair for coil cleaning or air duct cleaning identifies the source and treats the system. UV light air purifier installation prevents mold and mildew growth within the system.
As a southerner, you’re familiar with the headaches excess humidity brings. It’s best to take care of any microbial growth quickly and thoroughly. These spores can severely affect the air quality in your facility.
Poor air quality can lead to problems with your inventory and production, plus a rise in employee illness. Address this immediately.
Clogged Air Filters
Funky odors may also indicate the air filters are maxed out. If there’s significant debris in the air filters and ventilation system, it may spread a stale or unpleasant odor through the ducts. Another explanation is pests and insect infestations.
Pests often seek areas of warmth, shade or shelter, particularly when nesting or temperature extremes. Nesting material, leavings or even carcasses collect in commercial HVAC equipment and ducts. Change your air filters and if the odor remains, your commercial HVAC needs repair service.
Acrid or Burnt Smells
If it’s a burnt, metallic or even chemical smell, turn off the system and call for commercial HVAC repair. There may be ventilation breaks, wires melting, short-circuiting, and engines or compressors overheating. A burned-out compressor is generally an expensive HVAC repair. Do not hesitate to act, if anyone mentions a burning smell.
An exception is a slight burning smell the first time you turn on the heat each season. This is normal. It’s burning dust off components and should stop after a day or two. If it doesn’t, however, give Estes Commercial a call. Your commercial HVAC needs repair service.
Rotten Egg Odors
Sulfurous or rotten egg smells indicate a gas leak. Turn off your gas supply and HVAC system then schedule commercial HVAC repair service immediately. Your equipment needs an inspection to safely identify the leak source and resolve it.
Sign #3: Uneven Temperatures or Short Cycling
If an air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace struggles to operate efficiently, it may be unable to fully condition the air for the entire zone. Pockets of uneven temperatures suggest a problem with ventilation dampers or thermostats.
It may also be an electronic component issue, which is causing the equipment to short cycle. This means the system prematurely quits before sending the conditioned air where it needs to go. Your employees will likely notice this right away, if the temperature in their station is different from usual.
In fact, a study at Cornell University linked too hot or too cold commercial temperatures to a drop in productivity and a rise in errors.
Uneven temperatures may be a result of various problems, so call for HVAC repair right away, before it gets worse.
Poor Temperature Control
Difficulty maintaining temperatures inside your facility is another major sign your commercial HVAC needs repair. If your commercial HVAC system can’t keep up with your facility’s heating and cooling demands, something is wrong with the system.
In fact, you’re probably running the system more to compensate, increasing excess energy use and stressing the equipment. This leads to higher utility bills and more repairs. Contact Estes Commercial right away to diagnose and solve the issue. Let us improve your comfort and protect your system.
What Causes Short Cycling
Have you ever noticed the air conditioning or heat start and stop in a short period of time? If you notice what appear to be “short cycles” and the facility fails to maintain consistent temperatures, your commercial HVAC needs repair service or possibly a replacement. Simply, HVAC equipment short cycles for a few different reasons.
- Incorrectly sized. If your HVAC system is too big or too small for your building and occupancy needs, it may short cycle. A big system cools or heats the area immediately and shuts off. The problem is the cool air might not have reached every corner of the building before the AC stops. The area near the control or thermostat believes it to be cool, however. A small system cannot keep up with the need and the fan motor may begin to overheat. Safety measures shut this down. Thus, the cycle begins all over again.
- Poor airflow. If the filters are dirty or if there’s airflow obstruction, the components compensate to push air through the system. This easily causes HVAC components to overheat. Again, safety measures shut the system down to prevent damage or worse, a fire.
- Low refrigerant levels. If your commercial HVAC system is low on necessary refrigerant chemicals, it may shut down before it cools effectively.
- Iced or dirty evaporator coils. This is commonly a result of maintenance neglect. Again, the system works harder to compensate and shuts down early.
Sign #4: Poor Ventilation, Increased Sick Days Suggest Commercial HVAC Repair Needs
While conditioning the air, your commercial heating and cooling system circulates the air. Without proper ventilation, the indoor air quality plummets. This may harm your inventory, as well as your employees. When air quality is poor, more people call in sick due to allergies, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.
Flu season is October through April but airborne viruses and bacterial particulates circulate for weeks in your ventilation system. Consider your HVAC system when reviewing absenteeism. They may be related.
In addition to HVAC repair, consider investing in the ventilation or in air quality equipment. If your production facility off-gasses during production or inventory storage, this is especially helpful. A company performing plastic-injection molding, for example, may be unaware of the strong fumes produced onsite. It’s easy to become desensitized.
Sign #5: Unexpected Noises Signal Commercial HVAC Needs Repair
Commercial heating and cooling systems do have some operating noises – these are not the troublesome ones. New and unexpected noises suddenly occurring are an indication there is a problem with your equipment.
- Rattling noises often indicate a loose component or there is debris stuck in an outdoor unit.
- Clanking noises at startup or while the system runs may also indicate loose parts, such as the blower motor fan blades.
- Squealing usually indicates issues with bearings or fan belts.
- Constant clicking when the unit runs (not at startup or the end of a cycle) suggest relay or control panel issues.
Benefits of Working with Commercial HVAC Professionals
Expert Commercial Air Conditioning Repair and Heating Repair
Professional commercial HVAC repair technicians possess hard-earned knowledge and skills. They’re also familiar with all types and brands of commercial heating and cooling systems. Our technicians perform thorough system diagnostics to pinpoint equipment problems, as well as issues within your facility hindering system performance.
Detailed system knowledge and diagnostic equipment aren’t always available within a facility’s maintenance staff, so a professional gives your business access to the right tools and skills needed to fix challenging problems.
In addition, Estes Commercial’s air conditioning repair technicians are NATE-certified. NATE certification means our technicians have proven their knowledge and skill with commercial heating and cooling systems and industry best practices. Working with a NATE-certified technician brings value by providing repair services you can trust. We get it done right the first time to maximize system performance and energy efficiency.
New System Estimates
In some cases, it may be smarter to forego commercial HVAC system repair and replace your system instead. A professional, experienced technician can tell when a repair is just a temporary fix for your business.
We always advise you of all your options, both repair and replacement. If appropriate, we’ll provide you a quote for a new commercial HVAC system plus any additional services needed for the installation, such as ductwork renovation or sealing.
With a new air conditioning system estimate in hand, along with knowledge of the price of repairs and system outlook, you’ll be able to take a hard look at your budget and decide if investing in new equipment is the better choice for your business.
Need Approval for New Commercial HVAC? Try Financing and New Tax Benefits
New changes to the tax code offer advantages for business owners to invest in new commercial HVAC systems. As of January 1, 2018, up to $1 million of qualifying capital can be deducted right away (deductions capped at $2.5 million) – and HVAC upgrades qualify.
In the past, business owners were forced to depreciate the cost of these systems over a 39-year period. This deduction is advantageous for business owners, lowering tax liability and freeing up capital for other investments.
Estes Commercial consultants are happy to work with you on purchases of qualifying new equipment. We’ll also perform the installation within the year so your system qualifies you for tax deductions in 2019 and our team provides the records your tax professional needs, to file for the deduction.
Finally, Estes Commercial offers finance options for your convenience and cash flow. Let us know if you need more information.
Call for HVAC Repair or Service Today
Many facilities and businesses have dedicated maintenance staff capable of everyday issues with your commercial heating and air conditioning system. For the tough and time-consuming issues, turn to an expert to get the work done.
Heating and cooling system breakdowns are costly to businesses. A lack of heating and cooling easily halts operations, impacts productivity, damages equipment or inventory and costs a lot to correct. Know the signs your commercial HVAC needs repair service and avoid inconvenient breakdowns and HVAC service.
Make it easy! Invest in a customized preventive service agreement with Estes Commercial. We’ll keep track of your tune up and inspection needs so you can focus on your business. Our NATE-certified technicians are here to establish a commercial HVAC maintenance plan that works for your facility.
If you are concerned about indoor air quality, ventilation, or the longevity of your equipment, call us for a consultation. Our team serves businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, daycares and other commercial properties in greater Atlanta, Georgia.
You’ll find us in Johns Creek, Virginia Highland, Kennesaw, Dunwoody, Decatur, Marietta, Fayetteville, Midtown, Roswell, and Peachtree City. We also serve clients in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, and Druid Hills.
Contact us today to talk to someone about scheduling commercial HVAC repair, service, or new equipment.