Air-conditioning (AC) is an essential part of any building, but issues with an AC system can also be a MAJOR headache for building managers/owners. If these air-conditioning issues are not addressed promptly, they can cause costly delays, lost productivity, and even sick tenants!
In this blog post, we will highlight five of the most common air-conditioning problems experienced in commercial buildings and how to solve them!
AC unit not coming on – This may seem like a ‘duh’ type of response but if you are unable to power up your AC system, it is likely the result of a tripped circuit breaker. A quick check on the panel can save you from an influx of angry phone calls and emails. Reset the circuit breaker by flipping the switch off and then on. If the breaker isn’t tripped, double-check your remote’s batteries and replace them if necessary.
AC blowing too hot – If your system isn’t able to cool down spaces to the desired temperatures then there is likely an underlying problem affecting performance. This can be due to dirty coils, low refrigerant levels, or the blower being stuck in one position. To resolve this issue, you will need to have your service contractor inspect it with professional equipment (if necessary using infrared camera detectors) which will help locate leaks in ducts that might not be visible on the surface.
AC running constantly – Another common challenge many facilities managers face are units failing to shut off when they are supposed to. This can be caused by issues with the thermostat settings, broken sensors, or a dirty air filter that is not allowing your AC system to function at its best! Air filters need to be replaced every three months for optimal performance – if they aren’t then chances are you will have this problem over and over again!
AC unit making strange noises – These may include clicking sounds, rattling, or squealing noises. Usually, these noises are indications indicating that something has come loose inside. Airflow problems are another possible source of noise issues; if there is an obstruction in the path of airflow, it can cause strange sounds. The best way to resolve this is through routine maintenance. Your best option would be to call a service contractor ASAP.
Condensation building up in the AC unit – This can be due to the air temperature being too low or high; outdoor temperatures need to match indoor. Dirty coils can also cause this issue, so it’s important to clean them regularly and let the contractor know of any problems you are experiencing with your AC. The best way to resolve this would be through routine maintenance followed by an inspection for dirty coils/leaks if necessary using professional equipment such as infrared camera detectors which will help locate leaks in ducts that might not be visible on the surface.
Air Conditioning units are a huge investment for any business owner so it’s important to keep yours running well. If you notice any of these issues, don’t worry! There are preventative measures that can be taken in most cases to help reduce or even eliminate issues down the line. Regular maintenance and cleaning filters/ductwork will ensure airflow remains unimpeded while preventing dust buildup which over time can decrease your AC’s performance. If you are having trouble with your AC system, don’t hesitate to call a professional contractor for help! We can provide preventative maintenance or even troubleshooting services if necessary making sure that your facility is getting the best possible care it deserves.