As summer rears its head and temperatures begin to rise, many facilities rely heavily on their HVAC systems to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures for their employees and customers. However, for aging HVAC equipment, the increased demand for cooling can put a significant strain on the system and lead to a range of issues. Here are some issues to watch out for:
One of the most common issues with aging HVAC equipment during the summer months is reduced efficiency and skyrocketing energy bills. As the temperature outside rises, your system puts forth a lot of effort to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. This increased workload leads to wear and tear that reduces efficiency and hits those energy bills. If your HVAC system is more than 10-15 years old, it may be time to consider upgrading to a newer, more efficient system that can keep up with the demands of the scorching summer sun.
You may notice refrigerant leaks in your aging HVAC equipment as it works to fight the heat. The increased demand on your system puts more pressure on the refrigerant lines, which can cause weaknesses where leaks can develop. When your system is low on refrigerant, it cannot cool the building effectively, which can raise your energy bill. The repairs on the refrigerant lines can be costly, too. Routine maintenance and inspections can help to identify and address refrigerant leaks before they become more serious.
In addition to cooling the air, HVAC systems work to control humidity levels in the building. High levels of humidity can lead to mold growth, damage to building materials, and an uncomfortable indoor environment. Aging HVAC equipment may struggle to maintain appropriate humidity levels in the summer, leading to these issues. If your building feels more humid than usual, have your HVAC system inspected to identify potential issues.
Finally, aging HVAC equipment may be more prone to breakdowns during the summer. The increased workload on the system can cause parts to wear out faster, leading to more frequent problems and the need for repairs. Scheduling your regular maintenance and inspection before the temperature spikes can help to avoid a breakdown when you need your equipment the most.
If you're experiencing any of these issues with your HVAC system, work with a qualified technician to inspect and maintain your system so that it can continue to operate efficiently. Upgrading to a newer, more efficient HVAC system may also be a good option for buildings with aging equipment. Contact a Hoffman Mechanical Solutions Sales Rep today to learn about your options for improving comfort and reducing energy bills!