3 Reasons Why It Might Be Time for a Preventative Maintenance Agreement

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Temperatures are expected to be record breaking for the month of May as the end-of-week heat wave approaches. The long-awaited sun is preparing to show face. There are a few key reasons why a maintenance agreement will benefit operational efficiencies and keep HVAC equipment up to standard and running efficiently during the next few critical months.

Increase Equipment Operation Life

Budgeting for a new HVAC system can be quite costly for a company, however it is important to protect your investment. The importance of eyes on the future is important to the success and longevity of a project investment. A properly maintained system can increase the overall efficiency of equipment which will save in the long run. There is nothing more important than the correct maintenance on an HVAC unit, besides the correct installation. If your equipment is going without the proper maintenance there is a high risk of failures which shorten the length of equipment life. It is best to have maintenance performed on equipment at least 3 times a year depending on the type, size, and location of the equipment.

Secure Critical System Performance

How costly would it be to your business if your HVAC equipment went down? If your equipment plays a critical role in your company’s’ productivity it might be time to look at the services and customizable options available to fit your needs. This includes mission critical data centers. Today’s mission critical facilities, such as telecommunication sites, hub sites, disaster recovery sites, and downtime is something threatening. Comfort cooling units can also make a major impact on the productivity of employees. Heat related illnesses can occur without proper temperature regulation due to equipment failure:

  • Heat exhaustion – is the body’s response to loss of water and salt from heavy sweating. Signs include headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, and heavy sweating.
  • Heat cramps – are caused by the loss of body salts and fluid during sweating. Low salt levels in muscles cause painful cramps. Tired muscles—those used for performing the work—are usually the ones most affected by cramps. Cramps may occur during or after working hours.
  • Heat rash – is skin irritation caused by sweat that does not evaporate from the skin. Heat rash is the most common problem in hot work environments.

Customizable to Each Facility Specific Needs

One facility may not have the same operational needs as another. If you are a manager of multiple facilities it is known that there might be less strenuous conditions at one site in comparison to another. To make sure that each site is receiving the adequate amount of TLC a program that maximizes system efficiency while harmonizing within today’s environmental green mandates can contribute to your building’s operational goals.




Why the correct startup is so important

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The cooling season is upon us. With warmer weather comes the importance of unit startups. After months of your system not running it is important that good maintenance has been performed through the cold weather to assist during the warmer weather.

There are some important things to keep in mind during this season.

When you conduct a thorough seasonal start-up, you will:

  •         Maximize energy efficiency
  •         Increase reliability
  •         Take preventative measure to avoid system failures
  •         Extend equipment life

Here’s a roadmap to get started.

Startups begin with routine checkups around the exterior of equipment, making certain that connections and panels are in place with no missing or dirty panels. Look for evidence of refrigerant leaks that may have been missed during equipment operation.

Once it is confirmed that there are no exterior issues to be taken care of it is time to focus on the important components of the equipment that impacts operational costs and energy efficiency.

If the system received the proper maintenance during shut down season this will make starting up the unit more cost efficient.

For water cooled units it’s important to make sure condenser coils and the tower are clean prior to start. Efficient operation of units requires facility managers to be proactive. Proactive cleaning at the end of the cooling season will reduce startup costs. This means cleaning coils, towers and strainers will increase the life and performance of equipment.

Air cooled units also require clean coils. Punching tubes every other year will also increase the life of the unit.

Water leaks can be caused due to humidity. Because the unit has been sitting you want to clean the humidifier pans and drain pans of scale build up.

Beginning preparation in the early days of April will minimize the possibility of a unit breakdown and the need for emergency services.

There are measures that can be taken for minimal frequency customers which include making sure all contactors are free of pitting.

BP Air’s HVAC maintenance programs are individually and uniquely designed to provide exceptional service based on each client’s unique necessities. We hope these startup tips assist in creating a smooth transition from the heating to cooling season.