Commercial HVAC Systems and Ductwork Problems

October 31st, 2018
Commercial HVAC Systems and Ductwork Problems

A noisy commercial HVAC system can interfere with your employees getting all of their work done.

A noisy commercial HVAC system can interfere with your employees getting all of their work done. However, if a recent inspection turned up nothing wrong with the core system, something could be wrong with the ductwork that distributes air around your building. Here are some common HVAC problems and their solutions that you can try, or ask your HVAC maintenance partner to attempt.

Problems

Airflow Issues: Clogged filters contribute to airflow issues. Due to inefficient airflow, your space can quickly become freezing. That’s because the heating system could be down or not working as well because it overloaded. If the air doesn’t move, it’ll become stale, and it’s not always possible to open the windows and let in some fresh air.

Strange Smells: Unfortunately, stale air can make bad odors inside the office smell even worse. These smells could come from moisture build-up due to excessive condensation or water damage. Moisture can lead to rapid mold and mildew growth, both of which can affect your building’s indoor air quality.

Poor Indoor Air Quality: Allergens and polluted air can contribute to sick building syndrome, in which the air quality of the building is indirectly responsible for your employees getting sick, especially in the fall and the winter. Other contaminants like paint and printer ink could also be affecting how clean your air is.

Excessive Noise: Over time, the ductwork connected to your commercial HVAC system will start to spring a leak, or an unnoticed crack will grow bigger as the years go by. The hissing of air and popping of metal ducts reacting to unstable changes in air pressure can become a major distraction for everyone inside your building.

Solutions

Request Another Inspection: If the first inspection didn’t find anything wrong, then it’s worth it to request another inspection, perhaps this time in a different part of your building.

Make Repairs: Once ductwork problems such as leaks or cracks are found, they must be fixed. This is where your preventative maintenance partner can repair your commercial HVAC system and return it to full functionality.

Resize the Ductwork: In some cases, you will need to replace your existing ducts to make sure they are the correct size. Doing this can lower your utility bills and reduce the strain on your commercial HVAC system.

Add More Vents: If your commercial HVAC system doesn’t have enough vents, that can also make any existing problems worse. To rectify this problem, you will need to add some more vents. These vents can be either supply or return vents, depending on which is needed.

Crockett Facilities Can Help!

Crockett Facilities Services, Inc. (CFSI) is committed to helping building owners, property managers, engineers, and facility professionals lower their operating expenses through HVAC preventive maintenance. We can develop a cost-effective, customized preventive maintenance plan for your commercial building that will provide you with peace of mind, improved comfort, and energy savings.

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