Commercial Air Conditioning Service and Maintenance

Air conditioners are heavy duty units that are built to last for years and supply you, your employees and your customers with fresh, cool air. While they are built to be tough, they are intended to be serviced regularly, which is why energy and effort should be invested into servicing and maintaining your commercial air conditioner, especially if the unit is over 10 years old.  Failure to do so can result in damage to the machine, increased energy costs, reduced cooling effectiveness, and an overall reduction in the life expectancy of the unit itself.

Maintaining Your Evaporator

The evaporator of most air conditioning systems is usually located right above the furnace.  It is a metal box that is often covered with foil in order to seal off and prevent the cold air from leaking out.

There are a few very valuable things you can do to help maintain your evaporator.  After turning off the power to your air conditioner, you will first need to carefully remove any foil from the front of the evaporator. Be sure not to damage it, as you will have to place it back over the evaporator once you are finished cleaning it. Underneath the foil, there is often a metal plate that is held in place by a few screws. Upon removing this metal plate, you can clean the area beneath the unit with a brush and empty the condensation tray below your unit. You’ll then want to close the evaporator and place the foil back over the unit. When you are done, turn your air conditioning unit back on and check if you have successfully sealed off all spots that may allow air to leak out.

Maintaining Your Condenser

The condenser of many air conditioners is safely located outside. Before you start cleaning your condenser unit, you should shut off the power and check for grass, bushes and other plants that may be growing in the direct vicinity of your condenser. These need to be trimmed, since they can block the air from flowing through the condenser. You can clean the coil of your condenser with a commercial cleaner, which should be available at most stores that sell refrigeration parts and supplies. After cleaning the coil and letting it dry, you can proceed to remove dirt from the fins with a delicate brush as well.

Periodically Replace Your Air Conditioning Filters

The filters of air conditioning units are fairly easy to clean and replace, and clean filters can significantly decrease the energy usage of your system. Clogged filters may cause your system’s energy usage to rise by as much as 15%. Your air conditioner’s filter should be cleaned every few months, and replaced every few years.  During the warm months, when your air conditioner is under heavy use, you should clean your filter more frequently since it can get clogged quickly.

Tasks of Professional Air Conditioning Service & Maintenance

If you feel uncomfortable doing any of these service & maintenance tasks on your own, call us today!  Our technicians are skilled in performing the aforementioned air conditioning service and maintenance tasks, as well as others, including:

  • Checking electrical parts and thermostats to optimize functionality
  • Locating and fixing refrigerant leaks
  • Checking refrigerant levels
  • Replacing broken or worn out parts
  • Ensuring that the correct amount of air is flowing into the unit