If last summer’s experience is any guide, commercial air conditioning systems will again be at risk of failure this cooling season.
Most air conditioning problems result from electrical failure of the driving motor or mechanical parts breaking in the compressor. Many of these failures take place at system start-up or early in the cooling season. Approximately one-third of all failures occur between April and June. Many of these failures could be prevented with a thorough inspection at start-up and regular maintenance throughout the cooling season.
In addition, many buildings were not designed to handle the air conditioning load imposed by today’s businesses. Many office buildings, for instance, were built before personal computers were in widespread use. Now hundreds of PCs generate a tremendous amount of heat, adding to the strain on cooling systems. Thus, it doesn’t take a severe heat wave to trigger a breakdown.
So before the temperatures start to soar, be sure your air conditioning system can handle the load.