Commercial air conditioners are put under an immense amount of strain during the summer season, especially if they have to keep larger buildings cool throughout the workday. All that added strain increases the likelihood of malfunctions occurring, or even making minor issues already in the system dramatically worse. Hopefully, you’ve already scheduled preventive maintenance this year to make sure that your commercial air conditioner is in the best possible shape to deal with the added strain of summer. Even if you have, though, there is still a chance that something could go wrong with the system. For example, if your air conditioner isn’t cooling as well as it should be, it might be for one of these reasons.
Refrigerant leaks can be exceedingly difficult to detect in a larger air conditioning system without professional training and equipment. You’re unlikely to just stumble across the leak itself, but you might notice the drop in output that it will eventually cause. The lower the refrigerant level drops in the air conditioner due to a leak, the more cooling ability the system will lose. If the refrigerant leak isn’t patched in time, it will eventually lead to the entire system breaking down.
The Air Filter is Clogged
Commercial air conditioner filters, much like their residential counterparts, need to be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis to prevent them from becoming clogged. If the filter is not cleaned or changed often enough, it will clog and block the majority of the airflow in the ducts from reaching the air conditioner. This will obviously prevent the system from cooling as well as it should. If you have your system tuned-up on an annual basis, air filter cleaning should be a part of that process. If not, you might want to call a professional and see if that’s the source of the problem.
Is your commercial air conditioner turning off every few minutes? That behavior is called short cycling, and it’s a very common problem for systems across the country. Often caused by an electrical issue, short cycling prevents the air conditioner from completing a full cooling cycle. This obviously cuts into the system’s ability to cool the building, but it also accelerates the rate at which the system wears down. You should call for repairs as soon as you notice this happening, as it can shorten the lifespan of the system if it’s not dealt with quickly enough.
These are just a few of the possible reasons why your air conditioner might not be cooling your building as well as it should be. One thing that all of them have in common, though, is that you should call for repairs as soon as you suspect that they’re responsible. Regardless of what is causing your low air conditioner output, you should have it checked out by a professional before it has the chance to get any worse.
EMI Mechanical provides a full range of commercial air conditioner repair services throughout Jackson, MS. If your commercial air conditioner needs repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians.