Like any residential space, commercial spaces at some point will experience some maintenance issues. Among these issues are HVAC problems. Dealing with this in a commercial building can be even more of a hassle, because you could have dozens, or even hundreds, of people depending on you to provide them with proper heat or air conditioning. In larger commercial spaces, HVAC systems are putting in a lot of work to maintain a comfortable temperature. Because of this, you need to be prepared if a problem ever does arise. 

Don’t let commercial HVAC issues take you by surprise. Learn more about the five most common HVAC problems that could happen to your commercial space. 

1. Lack of Maintenance

Unfortunately, the most common problem with commercial HVAC problem is one that’s completely preventable. An HVAC system that has recently started not working properly likely hasn’t gotten those issues suddenly. Your HVAC unit could have been showing signs that something was wrong for a while, but they may have been too subtle for anyone to pick up on. Although these problems might start out small, they can grow into major problems with expensive fixes. While you may not have noticed something was wrong, a professional surely would have. Small problems that get more serious over time are the result of a unit not getting regular maintenance. With maintenance services, a professional can spot even the smallest of issues and put a stop to it before it gets any worse

2. Dirty Filters 

How often do you have the filters of your HVAC system cleaned or replaced? This small task can be easy to forget about, or to be thought of as an unnecessary precaution, but it’s important to remember to maintain a properly functioning HVAC unit. The filters of an HVAC system can get extremely dirty and clogged over time, especially in commercial spaces. When this build-up occurs, it can put a strain on your unit to work at the same level. Airflow can be restricted by dirty filters and affect the air quality inside. It can also become a safety hazard if build-up causes a unit to overheat. These problems can be easily avoided by simply replacing your filters as recommended by the system you have. 

3. Thermostat Issues 

Even if most of your commercial HVAC system is running smoothly, a problem with the thermostat can cause the whole thing to have issues. When your HVAC system is having problems, there’s a chance your thermostat might be inaccurate. Broken thermostats won’t be able to register what temperature it is, causing the system to not turn on. If you are having problems caused by thermostat issues, there’s a good chance that there’s an easy fix for it. A common thermostat problem is as easy as changing the batteries. If new batteries don’t help, you may need to have the thermostat replaced altogether. In some cases, it isn’t the thermostat at all, but rather the placement of it. If it’s in the path of direct light, that warmth could affect the temperature it reads. 

4. Leaking Refrigerant 

Refrigerant is the key to HVAC units providing air conditioning. Without this element, getting AC would be impossible. Occasionally, HVAC systems might begin leaking refrigerant, with this missing, you’ll begin to notice that your unit is no longer able to cool the building. With less refrigerant, your HVAC system might also be putting in more work to provide air conditioning, which might end up causing more problems. An HVAC professional can take a look at your unit and add more refrigerant to it if needed. They can also fix whatever was causing your unit to leak to prevent it from being a problem in the future. 

5. Airflow Problems 

Without proper airflow, HVAC units are unable to keep a comfortable, consistent temperature. Airflow problems can have several different causes. A unit could have air leaks in the ducts that prevent airflow. These problems might be caused by something external, rather than the unit itself, as well. In commercial spaces, clutter can build up quickly. Boxes and other large objects might be blocking the airflow of the unit and cause airflow issues throughout the space.