Posted on:
2. 26. 2018

Does Your Commercial HVAC System Need Repair?

Written by: Metro Air

As a business owner, you have a lot to think about to keep operations running smoothly. At your commercial property, you may have dozens or even hundreds of people to keep comfortable, so making sure your HVAC system is maintained and working well is key. Here are some signs that your commercial HVAC system may need repair.

Sign #1: Increased utility bills.
Business owners are continually looking important things like profit and loss, so if you notice a steady increase in your energy bill, it could be a sign that your HVAC system needs attention. This is especially the case if energy rates haven’t increased significantly or if the weather isn’t as bad as it normally is at that particular time of the year. Significant spikes in the energy bills could mean that your system isn’t working as efficiently as it could be, and it needs repair or replacement.

Sign #2: There’s an unusual smell.
This is the case for both residential and commercial HVAC systems. If you notice an unusual smell coming from your system, especially one that smells like it’s burning, it’s important to be on the safe side and call for our experienced team of HVAC professionals to come take a look at it. Unusual odors are often signs that there is something broken down within the machine – maybe even a crucial component of the system – and for the safety of your employees and your commercial building, it’s important to get it looked at professionally right away.

Sign #3: Temperatures are fluctuating.
If your employees are complaining of being too hot or too cold, or they’re mentioning that they’re noticing lukewarm air being blown out of the vents, this could mean that the HVAC system isn’t working correctly. Fluctuating temperatures, or uneven temperatures throughout the building could be signs that you need to have a repair made.

Our team at Metro Air Heating & Cooling is committed to helping both commercial and residential customers stay comfortable and utilize their HVAC system as efficiently as possible. We are also able to service any brand of HVAC system, 24 hour ours a day. Contact us today for information on setting up a preventative maintenance appointment so you can maintain maximum comfort each and every day for your building and the employees and customers in it.

 

Posted on:
2. 18. 2018

Certain Air Conditioner Chemicals Are Being Phased Out: Here’s Why

Written by: Metro Air

Your air conditioner is a complex machine that consists of many intricate parts. In combination with the various components inside, there are chemicals that are needed to have it run efficiently. Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) are some of these chemicals and they’re primarily used as refrigerants inside of your air conditioner. R-22 is the most commonly used HCFC refrigerant used; however, this chemical is terrible for the environment and if it leaks out and is released into the environment’s air, it can contribute to negative climate change and the destruction of the Earth’s ozone layer.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is now phasing out the use of R-22 and other chemicals that are known to cause harm to the environment we live in. As of 2020, no R-22 will be produced or imported. After that, R-22 supplies will become more limited and technicians that service machines that still use R22 may charge more to work on it.

What should you do?
The first and most important thing you can do, no matter what system you have, is to keep up on regular preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance on a regular basis will safeguard against any broken parts, but it will also ensure that there are no leaks that could be causing damage to the Earth and the environment around you.

Second, know that you’re not required to stop using your system that uses R-22. But, know that it’s being phased out in the next two years. This will give homeowners time to replace their existing equipment and move away from a machine that uses toxic chemicals.  A new system will not only use alternative refrigerant that is not harmful to the environment, but it will also be more energy efficient for you, which translates to greater savings in your utility bills.

Third, if your system is decades old and it’s not reliable, chances are, it will need to be fully replaced soon. New systems with the Energy Star® label are known to be about 14% more efficient than systems that do not have this indication.  While researching new systems, make sure you find out what kind of refrigerant is used. Look for alternative refrigerants such as R-410A that do not contribute to ozone damage.

Not sure if your current system uses R-22? Or maybe you know it’s time to replace your unit before the change of seasons in the next few weeks. Our team of professional technicians can advise you on how you should go forward. If a new system is needed, we’ll talk to you about which system is right for you and your space’s unique layout. Contact us today for a free appointment.