Commercial HVAC systems are very different from residential systems in many ways. While the basic technology is the same, commercial systems are powered by larger, more expensive, energy consuming, and complicated components. As a result, the basic maintenance necessary to keep up a commercial HVAC system is far more complicated than that of a residential system. So, even if you are a building owner who has experience with DIY residential HVAC maintenance, you should definitely leave your commercial maintenance up to professionals. Keeping up your compressor is one thing you should focus on.
The Importance of the Compressor
One of the distinguishing features of a commercial HVAC system is that it will have a far bigger compressor. The compressor is what creates cold air, so the larger your building is, the larger compressor will be. On top of this, the compressor, more than any other single individual electrical component in a traditional HVAC system, is going to use the most electricity. Compressors fail very often, but this is usually due to the fact that they are not serviced; this is why it is a good idea to call an HVAC professional today for compressor maintenance. You can basically call them and explain that your system has not been serviced in a while and you are simply worried about your compressor. An HVAC professional will not just look at the actual compressor, they will also look at the surrounding, interconnected components. If some of the vital components that are connected to the compressor are not properly working, this could have an adverse effect on the compressor's productivity. You can often tell that you have a possible compressor problem if you have plenty of airflow, but that air is not as cold as you think it is supposed to be. It seems like your air is warmer than it should be, it probably has to do with the compressor.
Repair or Replace the Compressor
If your compressor is malfunctioning or damaged, you might need to replace it. It is often possible to replace the compressor, but keep the rest of the condenser and air conditioning system. However, this might not be the most cost-effective choice. For instance, if a new commercial compressor is going to cost $500, you should also price a similarly-sized complete condenser unit. You might be able to find one that only costs $1000, but has far better efficiency ratings.
So, instead of just replacing your compressor, you could spend more (even though it is a lot more) and have a brand new HVAC system that is going to result in smaller monthly bills. To learn more, contact a company like J. P. Griffin Inc.