Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Your Rooftop HVAC System Should Always be Top of Mind

February 23, 2018

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Your Rooftop HVAC System Should Always be Top of Mind

When’s the last time you’ve been on the roof of your facility? Unless there’s a breathtaking view, corporate rooftop party, or you somehow got lost in the stairwell, you probably don’t remember.

If you manage a large commercial property, your industrial HVAC system is probably up there. Rooftop HVAC systems save space, decrease noise pollution in your building, and are easier to access. But since they’re out of sight and earshot, they can be easily ignored.

That can be a major problem, and here’s why: if there are small warning signs of problems with the system, such as strange noises, you won’t notice them.

Why You Need to Check on Your Rooftop Commercial HVAC

Rooftop HVAC systems are exposed to outdoor elements and susceptible to weather damage, whether it’s rain, sleet, snow or extreme temperatures.

The weather and exposure to the external conditions can cause several problems. The most common issues include airflow problems, which are usually caused by belt or blower issues, or restrictions in the ductwork. Other problems include electrical issues, such as bad fuses, thermostats or contactors, or refrigeration cycle issues, such as leaks or problems with the compressor or metering device.

Tips for Improving Rooftop HVAC’s Performance

You need comprehensive inspections and maintenance of your commercial HVAC system to ensure it operates effectively and efficiently.

Some simple tips for optimizing your industrial HVAC include regularly changing filters to increase airflow, efficiency and air quality in the building. It’s also important to clean coils, evaporator drain pans, blowers, fans, and filters regularly, as well as changing the belt annually.

Rooftop units can experience electrical problems, so cleaning wiring and connections is imperative, as well as ensuring all connections are tight.

While the unit is in operation, you should check the refrigerant pressure and the compressor oil level.

Here’s a simple tip to help with maintenance from the Jersey HVAC Pros: have ultraviolet (UV) lights installed on the unit, which help keep the evaporator coil clean.

Don’t forget to clean the area around the unit, making sure there’s no debris blocking it. Sweep away leaves and remove broken branches along with any other refuse that could get caught in the unit.

Getting Help So You Don’t Have to Worry

Of course, it’s not easy to keep your rooftop HVAC system on your mind, that’s why having a service plan with a commercial HVAC contractor makes it easier. Our industry-leading, 5-Star Seal of Approval technicians keep track of all your system’s service needs, handling routine maintenance, inspections and comprehensive work to help extend the life of your system.

Going on the rooftop isn’t a part of your routine. But it’s important to keep an eye and ear on your HVAC system. Our service pros are experts in rooftop units and can repair any damage and take steps to help it run efficiently. Find the Jersey HVAC Pro nearest you to discuss how we can help.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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