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Signs of Problems With Your Commercial AC System

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This is an intensely hot summer here in New Orleans, and if you run a business you know how critical your air conditioning system is at this time of year. Whether you run a restaurant, a store, an office, a manufacturing plant, etc., maintaining the proper indoor temperature against the intense outdoor heat is a priority.

We offer service for commercial HVAC in Slidell, LA to help keep businesses running even as the heat ramps up. Of course, you have to know that your commercial AC system is experiencing problems in the first place, and sometimes that can be tricky. You don’t want to wait for the air conditioning to completely fail before you know it’s time to call us! Below we’ve listed several of the warning signs that your cooling system is experiencing troubles that require the assistance of our team.

Rising electric bills

You keep a close eye on the budget for your business, so don’t let an inexplicable increase in summer electrical costs slip by. If the electrical bill is rising and it’s not connected to increased use of the AC or a rise in the cost of electricity, it can mean the air conditioning system is straining against a malfunction. Getting it repaired as soon as possible not only means heading off a more expensive repair, but also stopping those high bills.

Uneven cooling in the building

Are some employees or customers complaining about high temperatures in parts of the facility that normally have adequate cooling? Uneven cooling is often an early sign that an AC is losing its cooling capacity. If you have multiple roof units, this uneven cooling may indicate that one of them has already failed. 

Rise in humidity

An air conditioning system isn’t a dehumidifier (unless it has a dehumidifier built into it), but it does have some dehumidification properties. When a commercial AC starts to lose cooling capacity, it will also draw less moisture from the air as it runs, resulting in a shift in humidity throughout the building. If the AC still seems to be doing its job but your facility has turned unpleasantly damp, it’s best to call for HVAC professionals.

Odd noises from the vents

Most commercial HVAC equipment is located on the roof of a building, which removes most of the noise it makes from the workspace. This makes it more difficult to notice some of the warning noises a malfunctioning AC unit might make. However, you can sometimes hear these sounds come through the vents. Listen for grinding, shrieking, and clanging sounds, which are among the most common warning noises of a faulty AC.

Unpleasant odors from the vents

A malfunctioning air conditioner can affect the air quality in a building. If you start to notice a moldy odor coming from the vents, it likely means there’s a condensate drainage problem with the AC equipment that has caused mold to start growing. If you smell an acrid, burning odor from the vents, it might be from motors in the AC burning out. 

Gowland’s Heating & A/C Values “Relationship over Revenue!” Call us to schedule the commercial AC repairs you need. 

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