It is no surprise that the summer months are the ones we crave the most. According to the Farmer’s Almanac’s long-range forecast, Canada is expected to have “unrelenting” heat from late June through early September, with temperatures reaching over 32 C. To ensure building environments are comfortable for your employees and customers, we’ve created a checklist below to help prepare you for the heat. This spring, take proactive measures to ensure that your building’s systems will operate at peak efficiency while maintaining comfortable, safe, healthy, and cool conditions through the upcoming summer months.
Spring Maintenance Checklist:
- Consult a trusted mechanical partner to help navigate the checklist below: Talk to Nordic about our Guaranteed Professional Maintenance program. Resolve outstanding deficiencies and issues from last season and never have to worry about them again with Nordic.
- Clean outdoor unit: Remove any debris, leaves, and branches that may have accumulated over the winter. Ensure that the unit is free from obstruction and that the fins are straight and clean.
- Check refrigerant level: Low refrigerant levels can cause the system to work harder, leading to higher energy consumption and potential system damage.
- Check for refrigerant leaks and any signs of oil on the coils and refrigerant piping.
- Test compressor: Test the compressor to ensure it’s working correctly, as it’s one of the most critical components of an HVAC system.
- Clean air ducts: Clean the air ducts to remove any dust, debris, and mold that may have accumulated over the winter. Clean ducts help improve indoor air quality and system performance.
- Inspect electrical components: Check for loose connections, worn out wires, and other electrical issues that can affect the performance of your HVAC system.
- Lubricate moving parts: Proper lubrication of the HVAC system’s moving parts can reduce friction, prevent wear and tear, and extend the system’s lifespan.
- Inspect thermostat: Ensure that the thermostat is functioning correctly and accurately controls the temperature.
- Replace air filters: Replace the air filters with new ones to ensure optimal system performance and indoor air quality.
- Test airflow: Proper airflow is essential for optimal HVAC system performance, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.
Why Spring Maintenance is Important
Failing to be proactive could lead to hidden problems that will surface when your air conditioning system demand is at its highest. This in turn can lead to valuable down time for your business and loss of productivity. For example, if a refrigerant leak is not found early in the season or off season the leak can be extensive resulting in unnecessary high costs to replace the refrigerant also resulting in an adverse effect on the environment. A consistent proactive maintenance program on any mechanical equipment affords you a longer lifespan on your investment and makes budgeting for costs or replacement equipment an annual process instead of an emergency.