We’re getting into the fall season pretty soon here, even though we still have a few weeks of hot weather left. Before too long, you’re probably going to need to start firing up the heating system in your building to keep everything comfortable. If your building uses a heat pump system for climate control, as many commercial buildings do, then you should be sure to schedule maintenance for it this fall. This should be done even if you have already had the system professionally checked this year. Let’s go over some of the reasons why.
Most of the issues that can afflict HVAC systems, whether residential or commercial, are not going to give off obvious symptoms until they’ve been developing for some time. You don’t want to wait for problems to develop far enough to start showing obvious signs, because by that point they likely will have already started to negatively affect the system. The best way to deal with heat pump problems is to catch them before they’ve progressed far enough to start displaying symptoms. That means scheduling preventive maintenance.
A preventive maintenance appointment allows your technician to closely examine the entire system for any signs that it might be developing a problem. Once pinpointed, those problem areas can be dealt with before they get any worse. Preventive maintenance can potentially save thousands of dollars in repair costs over the years, provided you schedule it on a regular basis. HVAC systems that receive regular maintenance have been shown to be up to 40% more energy efficient, and up to 95% less likely to develop problems in the future, than systems that don’t.
Why Bi-Annual Heat Pump Maintenance Is Important
Heat pumps have slightly different maintenance requirements than other climate control systems, mainly because of the way they operate. Dedicated climate control systems, like furnaces and air conditioners, only have one season out of the year in which they’re under high stress. For heating systems, that’s during winter, and for air conditioner’s it’s summer. Because they only have one season of heavy usage per year to worry about, they only need preventive maintenance once a year to prepare for that season.
Heat pumps, though, act as both heaters and air conditioners year-round. That means that they accumulate wear and tear twice as fast as other systems, which means they need maintenance twice as often in order to cope. If you only schedule maintenance once a year for your commercial heat pump, you will not be able to keep it in the best operating condition. Ideally, you should be scheduling preventive maintenance for your heat pump at least twice a year, during spring and fall. Even if you don’t manage to keep to that window, though, you should still schedule maintenance whenever you can. Better to do it later than not at all.
EMI Mechanical offers comprehensive preventive maintenance services for commercial HVAC systems in Jackson, MS. If you need help with your commercial heat pump, contact us today for an appointment.