During ordinary times, HVAC spring preventive maintenance is usually performed in March and April in preparation for the changeover from heating to cooling. This year, however, many businesses postponed PM when the pandemic struck.
Commercial buildings are now beginning to reopen just as full-on summer weather hits, and many HVAC systems are unprepared for the abrupt need for cooling and an increased necessity for cleaner, safer indoor air. Building owners who put off maintenance during stay-at-home orders should reschedule maintenance with their PM provider as soon as possible, particularly since HVAC contractors may be inundated with maintenance and service calls due to businesses starting up dormant systems all at once.
Important cooling season PM items include the following:
Check for proper equipment operation
Verify proper damper controls
Clean evaporator coils, drain pans, and condenser coils
Clean and test cooling towers and tower filtration systems
Flush and blow out chilled water systems and clean strainers
Flush and blow out reheat hot water systems
Check for refrigerant leaks in DX systems
Check economizer programming
Verify that all systems are operating to design intent