The Issues with Deferred Maintenance of Commercial HVAC Systems

Sometimes, the stress and chaos of managing complex business operations and budgets require putting a few things on the back burner. However, maintenance of commercial systems is one of the few areas one should never fall in this category. Deferred maintenance of commercial HVAC systems can significantly impact your company’s profitability, as well as the safety and integrity of your building and its occupants.

Deferred Maintenance of Commercial HVAC Systems Decreases Energy Efficiency

Deferred maintenance includes all maintenance activities, including the simple act of cleaning fan blades in commercial HVAC systems. As explained by Dave Lubach of FacilitiesNet, a mere 1/32 inch of debris and dirt on fan blades can result in 20-percent energy losses and poor circulation of air flow; to keep your facility at your comfortable temperature, this means energy costs will rise by 20 percent. Even the most advanced and energy-efficient of modern HVAC systems still require maintenance to stay efficient.

Deferred Maintenance Results in Inevitable Commercial HVAC System Failure

Deferred maintenance of commercial HVAC systems also means your facility will experience an inevitable Commercial HVAC system failure. Small problems, when ignored, lead to bigger problems, such further deterioration of the system. For example, ignoring cooling lines may lead to the development of cracks along such lines, resulting in total system failure.

It Can Cause Respiratory Problems for Building Occupants

Improperly functioning dampers and filters in commercial HVAC systems may also lead to the growth of mold, spores and other pathogens in the HVAC system. As the system continues to run, these pathogens spread throughout the building, thus, increasing the risk of respiratory infections and severe allergic reactions to building occupants.

It Increases Risk of Fire

Risk of fire is another major concern for the deferred maintenance of commercial HVAC systems. If the airflows are obstructed, or if heating and cooling lines overheat, a fire may occur. Also, overworked wiring and circuits may fail, resulting in an electrical hazard and further increasing the risk of fire.

Gases Released From Commercial HVAC Systems Can Be Poisonous

Depending on the type of HVAC system in your facility, failure to properly maintain it through an effective preventative maintenance program can also be deadly. If the system utilizes toxic gases in condensers or relies on fossil fuels like kerosene, natural gas or propane, improper maintenance can lead to the rupture of cooling lines, cracked heat exchangers and induction motor failure, which may lead to the spilling of harmful gases into the occupant space.  

For example, carbon monoxide (CO) may be drawn back into the ventilation, if exhaust fans fail which could result in CO poisoning.  Even in small amounts, carbon and exhaust can be deadly, so preventative maintenance is key to ensuring safety in your facility.

Save Money, Improve Safety and Reduce Risk with Preventative Maintenance Now

Preventative maintenance can seem like an inconvenience, but the potential problems associated with deferred maintenance in commercial HVAC systems are much more than inconvenient. They are mentally draining, costly and deadly. To ensure the safety of your building occupants and continued efficiency of your system, you need to implement an effective, preventative maintenance program for your commercial HVAC systems now. Contact QSI Facilities online to find out how you can get started and set up such a program today.

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