Thanks to the UK’s cool climate, air conditioning isn’t necessary in many homes. However, in offices and workplaces, air conditioning systems unlock a plethora of benefits for both employers and employees. Higher quality air leads to improvements in productivity and health for both.
Even so, having an air conditioning unit fitted at your workplace is just the beginning. The system must be correctly maintained to ensure it continues to deliver the benefits it promises. Servicing is an integral part of any air conditioning system maintenance programme.
The office air conditioning units we fit work silently in the background, which can make it all too easy to forget about the regular servicing they require. Although the frequency of servicing will depend on the unit’s usage across the workplace, servicing at regular intervals ensures office air quality, system efficiency and comfort.
Here we take a closer look at the signs that say it’s time for a service, whether you rely on a newly installed air conditioning product or have had a system in place for years.
There is limited or no cool air
System inefficiencies can be an indicator of numerous problems. Luckily, most of these can be diagnosed and rectified during the service process. Consumer research site HomeWarrantyReviews notes:
“At some point, you may find that your air conditioning system simply isn’t doing its job. Even at full blast, the air coming from your vents just isn’t as cold as it used to be – or isn’t cold at all. This could be a sign that your system is need of serious repair. For instance, lack of cool air could mean that your system’s compressor has failed. It could also mean that you’re your system’s Freon levels are too low. When that time comes, you might have to to replace the unit.”
Ensuring any cooling problems are remedied quickly will keep common air conditioner issues at bay. It will also ensure you and your workers can enjoy a happy, healthy and comfortable office environment in the months ahead.
The flow of air is poor
It’s no secret that air flow within an air conditioning unit can be disrupted in the simplest ways, but many issues are easy to fix. The buildup of dirt and debris within the unit is unavoidable, but during a service your system will be given the clean it needs to work at its best. The vents of your air conditioning system are particularly vulnerable. Without the right care, clogged vents will cause poor air flow and may circulate bacteria ridden air throughout the workplace. This presents serious health risks for your workers.
Moisture and water leaks are occurring
If you are experiencing moisture build up around your air conditioning unit or have noticed pools forming due to leaks, your air conditioner may be due for a service and subsequent repair. Leaking refrigerant can be a sign of a major issue, one that can pose health risks to all in your office.
Moisture build up may also be a sign of an inefficient drain tube, an essential component that is charged with disposing of the condensation created by your air conditioner. During a service, blocked or broken drain tubes can be identified and fixed to prevent issues like mould growth.
The unit is emitting strange noises and smells
How your air conditioning system smells and sounds can tell you all you need to know about its condition. An air conditioning unit in good working order should be quiet during operation. Your air conditioning engineer will be able to pinpoint the source of the noise or odour during servicing.
Maintaining your air conditioning unit is just as important in the winter as it is in the spring and summer months. Read our latest blog post for air conditioning maintenance tips straight from the experts.