5 Common Commercial HVAC Problems

New England’s Commercial HVAC Problem Solvers

The HVAC system in your building does so much more than just keep temperatures at a consistent level. An HVAC system that is in proper working order goes a long way towards contributing to productivity levels, company safety, energy costs, and occupant comfort and morale. When that system starts to fail, you can begin to see real tangible damage being done in all of these areas.

How do you know if your HVAC system is beginning to fail? Here are some symptoms of a greater problem to look out for:

  • Strange, unexplained odors
  • Unfamiliar sounds from the HVAC system
  • Uneven airflow or hot/cold spots that are inconsistent throughout the building
  • Marked system inefficiency
  • Rising energy bills

For years, Tradesmen of New England has been the Northeast’s most-trusted commercial HVAC installation and maintenance service. No matter what problem has beset your business’s HVAC system, we’ve seen it all. Most of the time, the major issues that cause an HVAC system to go down or not function properly boil down to these five common problems.

Let’s explore these common HVAC troublemakers, and should they ever be suspected in your own HVAC system, contact the professionals at Tradesmen of New England right away!

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Poor or Insufficient Maintenance

While it’s possible to drive a vehicle for a long time without needing any maintenance, it’s simply not possible to keep it going forever without addressing the issues that will eventually lead to failure. The same can be said about commercial HVAC systems. While a system may be working splendidly for a long time after installation, it’s not a perpetual motion machine — at some point, something is going to begin to fail and will need to be addressed by a professional.

The best way to avoid maintenance concerns is to schedule regular preventative maintenance. Catching and addressing potentially major problems early on will reduce the chances of having to deal with a large expense due to a neglected system. Regular preventative maintenance from a company like Tradesmen of New England can prevent most HVAC performance issues and save you a lot of money in the long run, since our trained techs can identify and correct problems before they cause a widespread failure.

Dirty, Damaged, or Clogged Filters

When filters become clogged with debris over time, it causes your HVAC unit to work harder and harder to move air. This is where energy consumption can start to go through the roof, resulting in rising energy costs, and can also be a major contributing factor towards reducing your system’s expected lifespan. Having a dependable maintenance team perform frequent monitoring and replacement of your HVAC system’s filters will help to ensure peak performance for years to come. Regular replacement of filters also helps to improve the overall air quality of your commercial space by helping to remove airborne allergens, dust, and other irritating pollutants.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your commercial HVAC system has certain liquids in it which make air conditioning possible called “refrigerants.” This refrigerant liquid is housed within a system of coils in the HVAC system, and are used to both cool and dehumidify the air in the interior of your commercial space. If the levels of refrigerant in your HVAC system should ever leak or begin to diminish, your HVAC system simply cannot do the job it was designed to do. The result of this insufficiency is a building that can become uncomfortably hot, as well as causing your HVAC system’s condenser to start working on overdrive. This can lead to a whole other set of problems and system failures which can be expensive to repair.


Malfunctioning Controls

Your company’s HVAC system may actually be working well overall, but the problems you’re encountering have to do with a malfunctioning control system. It’s likely that there is a problem in your thermostat controls that is causing your HVAC system to work improperly. The thermostat control in your system is what regulates the timing and the amount of hot or cold air that your HVAC system produces. When this control begins to malfunction, it’s common to see odd temperature fluctuations which can negatively impact the occupants of your commercial space. Fortunately, Tradesmen of New England’s HVAC technicians are experts in both the mechanical and the technical aspects of HVAC systems and can accurately diagnose and address these types of thermostat issues.

Improper Air Balancing

In order for temperatures throughout your commercial space to remain consistent, your HVAC system relies on a complex infrastructure of vents and ducts to correctly direct airflow. Parts of this system, called “dampers”, help to control this temperature disbursement by reducing airflow in one direction and allowing more airflow in another, resulting in a consistent air quality balance. If there are rooms in your commercial space that are regularly much cooler or warmer than other areas, it may be because this damper system is not working properly or has become imbalanced.

Trust the Tradesmen of New England With Your Commercial HVAC System

Hopefully understanding where the problems with your HVAC system may be originating from will help you to determine your next step for system maintenance. Take proactive steps to ensure the functionality of your HVAC system by contacting the friendly professionals at Tradesmen of New England today! We service many areas throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut, including Hartford, New Haven, Worcester, Springfield, Holyoke, and many more! Contact us today to schedule your HVAC system assessment and maintenance services.