We’re willing to bet that you’ve been using your commercial heating system quite a bit over the last few weeks. It’s rather hard to focus on work when you can’t feel your extremities, after all. However, you should be aware that the added demand put on heating systems during the winter makes it more likely for problems to develop. The faster you can catch those problems, the more damage you can prevent by having those problems repaired. Look out for these common commercial heating problems over the next several months.
It may seem odd to be wary of refrigerant leaks in your heating system. However, a lot of commercial properties make use of heat pumps for climate control throughout the year. Heat pumps don’t burn fuel to generate heat, but evaporate and condense refrigerant to move heat from outside the building inside. A refrigerant leak will slowly drop the output capacity of the system, as the refrigerant supply depletes. If you notice fluid dripping from your commercial heating system, you should call for repairs as soon as possible.
Clogged Burner Assembly
If you do happen to be using a gas burning heater, you need to keep an eye out for signs that the burner assembly is clogged. There are two main signs that indicate a problem with the burner. The first is a loud booming sound every time the system starts up. The second is dropping heating output. As a burner assembly combusts gas, carbon particles will build up on the jets. These particles will eventually clog the jets to the point to where they have trouble igniting. When the jets finally do ignite, they burn through a lot of gas at once. This is what causes that loud booming sound that you might be hearing when the system starts. If the issue is not dealt with, the jets can eventually become so clogged that they won’t ignite at all. Fortunately, this issue is fairly easily remedied by having a professional technician clean your burner assembly for you.
You should call for repairs immediately if you notice your heater turning itself on and off every couple of minutes. That behavior is called short cycling, which poses a threat to both the health and efficiency of the system. Short cycling severely cuts into the heating output of the system by preventing it from completing a full cycle. However, it also increases the rate at which the system wears out. A system that is allowed to short cycle for a prolonged period of time will break down more often, and will even have its lifespan shortened by a number of years. So, make sure you have a professional address this issue as quickly as possible if you hear it happening to your heater.
Magnolia Commercial Plumbing Heating Cooling offers comprehensive commercial heating repair services in Fairfax, VA. If you need commercial heating repair services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians. We’ll make sure that your commercial heating system is in the best possible shape.