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Commercial HVAC Issues to Watch for This Summer

commercial-ACSummer is when your commercial air conditioner is going to be under the most strain. No one wants to spend a summer in Washington, DC working in a building without air conditioning, and you’re probably going to be using yours quite a bit. All that added demand translates to a higher chance for problems to develop over time.

Hopefully, you’ve already scheduled preventive maintenance to keep the odds of problems developing low. Even if you have, though, you still need to keep an eye out for signs that the system is experiencing issues. Have a look at the following signs that your commercial HVAC system is in need of repairs.

Falling Output

Falling output is never a good sign. If your air conditioner is not blowing enough air, or the air it’s blowing is not cool enough, there might be a number of different reasons why. It’s possible that the air filter in the system is clogged, which can happen if it’s not changed often enough. This should have been taken care of during your last preventive maintenance appointment, so if you scheduled that recently it’s probably something else.

It’s also possible that you have a refrigerant leak. The system relies on refrigerant to cool the building, and uses the same supply of refrigerant throughout its lifespan. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will lessen the output capacity of the system as the refrigerant level drops. This can lead to the entire system breaking down if you aren’t careful. Make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice your system output falling.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is when the system turns itself on and off every couple of minutes instead of completing a full cooling cycle. This is often caused by an electrical short circuit in the system, though a malfunctioning compressor can do something similar. Regardless of the cause, short cycling is a serious threat to the health of the system. It cuts into the air conditioner’s ability to cool the building, but it also increases the rate at which the system accumulates wear and tear. This is the more serious long-term issue.

The longer the air conditioner is allowed to short cycle, the more prone to developing other problems it will become. Eventually, the system will break down due to the accumulated wear and tear from short cycling. The issue can also shorten the lifespan of the system by a number of years, which is why it’s so important to call for repairs as soon as you notice your system doing it.

The key to preserving the health of your air conditioner is to react quickly to any issues that arise. Even if you’re not sure that your air conditioner is experiencing a problem that requires professional repairs, if it’s doing something suspicious it’s better that you have it checked out as soon as possible.

Magnolia Commercial Plumbing Heating Cooling offers a full range of commercial HVAC services in  Washington, DC. If you need help with your commercial air conditioner, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians.

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