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How to Keep Your Commercial Heating System in Good Shape

gas-furnaceWinter puts a lot of strain on heating systems of all kinds, including commercial ones. While commercial heating systems are built to withstand a lot of strain, they are not invincible. You are liable to run into a number of different problems during the winter if you don’t take certain steps to keep your commercial heating system in good shape. Fortunately for you, we’ve outlined a couple of the most impactful tips below.

Schedule Maintenance

The single greatest thing that you can do for your commercial heating system is to schedule preventive maintenance for it at least once a year, twice a year if you’re using a heat pump. This should be done once during fall and once during spring, but at least once during fall. Systems that receive regular maintenance have been shown to operate up to 40% more efficiently than systems that don’t. They are also significantly less likely to develop problems in the future, up to 90% less likely.

The reason that professional maintenance is so helpful is because of the nature of HVAC problems. Most of them develop subtly, and are not discovered until they have caused quite a bit of damage to the system. Professional maintenance gives your technician the opportunity to resolve any developing issues before they have managed to develop that far. This is why it’s so important for the health of your system that you schedule maintenance for it on a consistent basis.

Call for Repairs as Soon as Necessary

You may have less of a chance of detecting problems on your own before they cause a lot of damage, but you should still call for repairs any time you see something suspicious. The longer you wait, the longer whatever problem your system is dealing with has to cause damage. There are a lot of different symptoms that indicate a problem with a commercial heating system, not all of which we can cover here. However, there are a few that are more common that we should go over.

Dropping heating output is one of the more common signs that your commercial heating system is experiencing some trouble. If the system is not circulating enough air, it’s possible that the air filter is clogged. It’s also possible that the air handler is malfunctioning. If the system isn’t heating properly, it might be due to a clogged burner assembly (if it’s a gas heating system.)

Another common and extremely damaging problem for commercial heating systems is that of short cycling. This is when the system turns itself on and off every couple of minutes. Short cycling dramatically accelerates the rate at which the system wears down. If you’re not careful, the system will need to be replaced years earlier than it otherwise would.

Magnolia Commercial Plumbing Heating Cooling provides comprehensive commercial HVAC services in Baltimore, MD. If you need help with your commercial heating system, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that you get the most out of your commercial heating system this winter.

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