With all the demands, emergencies, and occasional catastrophes that abound in daily life at the office, it can be difficult to stay on top of maintaining your commercial climate control systems. You still should take the time to make sure that your air conditioner is in good shape, though, especially when it comes to stopping problems from getting worse.
The longer commercial AC issues are left to fester, the more damage they will be able to cause. Have a look at these warning signs that your commercial air conditioner is in need of professional repairs so that you can have them conducted as soon as possible.
Though it can be difficult to keep track of monthly climate control costs, it is important that you try to monitor your air conditioners. Unexplained rises in operating costs are often an indication that your air conditioner is working harder or longer than it should be, which is definitely something you’re going to want to have checked out.
Dropping output is a pretty obvious sign that the commercial AC isn’t functioning properly. Air conditioners can lose output for any number of reasons. It’s possible that there is a refrigerant leak in the system, robbing it of the fluid it needs to continue operating properly. If your system is not blowing enough cold air, it’s likely because there is a problem with the air handler preventing it from circulating airflow throughout the building. Regardless, you absolutely want to have a professional examine your commercial air conditioner as soon as you notice this symptom, as it tends to indicate issues that are quite advanced.
If you’ve had the commercial air conditioner installed in your building for a while, you probably know what it’s supposed to sound like. So, if your system starts to make odd noises while it’s operating, it’s a good indication that your air conditioner is having some sort of issue. What kind of problem is afflicting the system, and how severe it is, will depend on the sound coming from the system. For example, a grinding sound often means that the air handler in the system is experiencing more friction than it should be. Hissing or gurgling noises mean that there is probably a leak in the refrigerant line, which is draining the system of the fluid it needs to operate properly.
One of the biggest signs that your commercial air conditioner is in trouble is the presence of short cycling. Short cycling is when the system turns itself on and off every couple of minutes. While it is fairly common, it is not something that should be ignored. Short cycling puts the commercial air conditioner under an immense amount of pressure. Eventually, the accelerated wear and tear will cause the system to experience multiple repair issues and break down entirely. If the problem is not fixed in time, it can shorten the lifespan of the system by a substantial number of years.
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