How To Create A Commercial HVAC PM Program In 2020

Preventative Maintenance by CMI MechanicalThere is no reason for business owners or property managers to mess around with the guesswork of maintenance and repairs for a commercial HVAC system. If you want to keep your heating and air conditioning system in good condition, then a commercial HVAC PM program is an excellent investment.

Preventive maintenance is essential to extend the lifespan of your system and minimize expensive repair and replacement costs in the future. Keep in mind that your system requires specific services in various seasons.

Here are our seasonal recommendations for commercial HVAC preventive maintenance:

Spring and Summer Preventative Maintenance Tasks

When the weather starts to warm up, these are the most essential preventive maintenance tasks:

  • Replace Filters: Minimizes wear and tear by ensuring proper airflow.
  • Replace Belts: Various types of industrial V-belts can be purchased as replacement parts.
  • Clean condenser and evaporator coils: These coils collect dirt and grime with use. Commercial cleaning products designed for HVAC should be used to avoid damage to the coils.
  • Check refrigerant: This fluid cycles through the HVAC system, which is why it is important to keep it clean and topped-up.
  • Clear drain lines and pans: Condensation can collect in the drain lines and pans, eventually leading to clogged drains. Regular drain and pan cleaning prevent this problem.
  • Check electrical connection: The right voltage is needed to ensure the optimal performance of the HVAC system.
  • Check operations of fan and blower motor: All fans and blowers should be in full working order to push the air through the vents and filters.
  • Lubricate moving parts, bearings, and motors: A little bit of lubrication on moving parts avoids grinding that can lead to wear in the future.
  • Check commercial thermostat: Is the thermostat communicating with the HVAC system correctly? Check the connection and accuracy of the thermostat readings.
  • Check air flow: Maintaining proper airflow is key to the efficiency of the HVAC system.

Fall and Winter Preventative Maintenance Tasks

Later in the year, when the weather cools down, a few more maintenance tasks are suggested. Some of these things are the same as the spring/summer list, with a few unique maintenance checks that are needed annually:

  • Replace Filters: Continue using the same filters as before.
  • Inspect condition of belts: If you see signs of damage or wear, then the belts might need to be replaced.
  • Clear drain lines and pans: Clean out the grime to avoid clogged lines.
  • Check electrical connection: These connections should be in good, working order.
  • Check operations of fan and blower motor: These moving parts help to push the air through, so make sure they are moving correctly when the HVAC system is running.
  • Check ignition and burner: The ignition needs to be active to generate the warmth needed for the heating system.
  • Lubricate moving parts, bearings and motors: A little bit of lubrication is required again to minimize wear and grinding of these moving parts.
  • Heat Exchanger: This system helps with the regulation of hot and cold temperatures. Ensure the heat exchanger is working as it should.
  • Check commercial thermostat: Make sure the thermostat is accurate and communicating with the HVAC system.

Personalized Commercial HVAC PM Program

You can access personalized recommendations for your Commercial HVAC PM Program by talking to our team at CMI Mechanical.

Call us today for prompt services to ensure the quality and performance of your HVAC equipment: (303) 364-3443

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