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Troubleshooting 101: Common HVAC Issues and How to Fix Them

As a commercial property owner or manager, ensuring your HVAC is always in tip-top condition is essential to keep tenants happy. However, like any other mechanical system, your HVAC unit may experience issues from time to time. The HVAC system is a complex piece of equipment with many components. Therefore, identifying the root cause of the problem is a challenge. This blog post will discuss some of the most common HVAC issues and how to troubleshoot them.

Common HVAC Thermostat Issues:

If your tenants complain about the temperature being too high or too low or the unit not turning on, the thermostat is usually the first component to check. Ensure that it’s set to the desired temperature and powered on. If that doesn’t solve the problem, it could be a faulty thermostat, causing the unit to malfunction. In this case, you should engage a specialist technician to check and replace the thermostat.

HVAC Troubleshooting Refrigerant Leaks:

Refrigerant leaks cause the air to become warm, eventually stopping the unit from functioning. Such leaks can be challenging to detect due to their tiny size. If you suspect a leak, it’s best to hire a specialist technician to identify its root cause. Typically, the technician will check for any visible signs of leaks, such as oil or refrigerant, around the unit or compressor.

Uneven Cooling and Heating:

If you notice that some rooms in the building are getting too cold while others are not warming up, this could indicate an issue with the ductwork. Check whether vents are blocked or closed, and ensure they are opened. If the vents are okay, call an HVAC technician to inspect the ductwork and other components of the system to find and fix the problem.

Common HVAC Ignition or Pilot Issues (Gas Furnace):

Gas furnaces use pilot lights to ignite the burners, and if the ignition process fails, the system won’t start. In this case, it’s best to engage an HVAC technician to inspect the ignition or pilot light. If the pilot light does not ignite, it could be because of a dirty pilot orifice or a faulty thermocouple, which requires expert attention.

Trillium Facility Solutions and SimpleFm:

While it’s good to learn basic troubleshooting techniques for your HVAC system, having an expert facility management team like Trillium Facility Solutions is crucial. A qualified team with the latest facility management software, such as Trillium by Trillium, can help streamline ordering technician services for repairs and maintenance. Trillium removes the headache of navigating through a list of service providers. Instead, it offers a simple solution to set up regular maintenance services and troubleshoot any HVAC system problems that prevent you from achieving your business’ energy efficiency goals.

HVAC systems in commercial settings often experience problems such as thermostat problems, refrigerant leaks, uneven cooling and heating, and ignition or pilot issues. While some of these issues can be tackled through basic troubleshooting, others require the expertise and skills of a qualified HVAC technician. Trillium Facility Solutions provides streamlined ordering of the right technicians to deal with these issues through Trillium. Keep your HVAC system running efficiently with Trillium Facility Solutions and Trillium.

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