Summer is almost here. If you own a business, it's time to start thinking about your commercial air conditioning system, especially if your business is located in a particularly hot region of the country. A few hot days without air conditioning can send customers running and leave your employees feeling sick. If it's been a while since you had your air conditioning unit replaced, it might be time to start thinking about that. This is particularly true if you're noticing any of the problems described below.
Your Energy Bills Are Increasing
If you've been in business at the same location for a number of years, you know how much your average energy bills should run you throughout the year. If you've noticed that your spring and summer energy bills are rising each year – and you haven't had any rate increases during that time – your air conditioning unit may be on its way out. Escalating energy bills can be a sign that your air conditioner is having to work too hard to keep your office cool.
You're Hearing Strange Noises
If you're used to a quiet cooling system, but you're suddenly hearing clanging, buzzing, and knocking sounds, it's time to have your air conditioner inspected. Those strange noises could be an indication that your system is on the brink of failure. Some common problems associated with strange noises include bent fan blades or motor housings, and malfunctioning blower motors.
Your AC is Cycling On and Off Too Frequently
When your commercial air conditioner is working properly, it should cycle on and off throughout the day at a normal rate. That means it should cycle on when the temperature inside the office goes above the programmed temperature and should cycle off once that temperature has been reached. If you've noticed that your unit is cycling on and off too frequently – coming on for a minute or two, and then cycling off again repeatedly – your cooling system may be experiencing a breakdown. It's time to have it looked at.
You're Spending More on Repairs
If you're calling the repair technician more often than you used to, and those repair costs are going increasingly higher, it's time to consider a new commercial air conditioner. Routine maintenance costs are one thing, but if your repair costs are nearing what a new system would cost, it might be time to make the investment.
If you own a business, you need your cooling system to work properly. If you're noticing any of the problems described above, talk to an HVAC repair contractor near you.