The Importance of Regularly Inspecting Timberline Mechanical HVAC Control Components

An HVAC system is made up of several different components. This includes devices that control the system such as control panels on furnaces, condensing units, packaged commercial rooftop units, boilers, etc. Over time, problems can develop in these control components.

For example, when a device “snaps” and “snaps” magnetically over the course of a season, the contacts (i.e. the point where voltage is actually transferred to the component) can pick up, wear out and burn. Or, if a compressor “welds” itself – i.e. one of the two or three feet sticks while the others are free – it can cause serious damage to the component it is controlling, such as a compressor, indoor fan motor or exhaust fan motor.

The risk of these types of problems causing major damage and high repair or replacement costs can be reduced by having the control components inspected regularly.

Why Proper Operation of HVAC Control Components is Crucial to Your Comfort

It is important that your HVAC control systems work properly for several reasons. Above all, the comfort of the occupants. That goes without saying. The reason HVAC systems were developed in the first place was to maintain a constant air temperature in indoor environments.

Heating and cooling systems also affect air quality in multiple ways. First, they filter the air to remove particles. The amount of this material removed varies by filter type, but regardless, an HVAC system that works when it needs to for as long as it should helps make the air in an indoor environment cleaner. . An HVAC system can also increase or decrease the amount of humidity in the air through the humidifier and dehumidifier components.

Of course, occupant comfort produces subsequent benefits. For example, maintaining a sufficiently cool work environment during the summer months can improve productivity, as employees tend to react to uncomfortable hot temperatures by slowing down and expending less energy. Likewise, in a home environment, maintaining a cool – but not too cool – temperature at night can promote better sleep and all the benefits of being well rested the next day.

How Properly Working HVAC Control Components Save You Money

A properly functioning control system helps optimize the performance of the unit it controls, which leads to better energy efficiency and energy savings. Indeed, it takes more energy to reach a desired temperature than to maintain it. So if a control system begins to malfunction, the heating or cooling unit will work harder than necessary to maintain a set point.

Additionally, when HVAC control systems operate efficiently, it helps minimize wear and tear on the furnace and air conditioner and all of their various components. Every time a heating or cooling unit starts up and runs for any period of time, friction and other forces degrade its parts. This is a very small amount of wear and tear each cycle, but it still happens. Therefore, the less frequently a unit is activated, the less wear it takes and the longer it is likely to last.

The power of preventive maintenance and testing

How do you prevent minor control component issues from becoming major issues? The key is preventive maintenance and testing. As we noted in a previous blog post on regular maintenance of mechanical aspects of heating and cooling systems (refrigerant levels, lubrication of moving parts, etc.), preventative maintenance by a Timberline Mechanical HVAC technician can identify and correct small problems before they turn into larger, more costly problems.

For example, finding a worn contactor, relay, or terminal block and replacing a part for $50 to $100 can prevent a problem like compressor failure and help you avoid the cost of $3,000 to $5,000 to replace it. The same goes for simple actions taken as part of a preventive maintenance visit, such as tightening loose terminal connections.

Prompt, efficient, and regular visits can keep HVAC control components and associated units operating at peak efficiency and extend the useful life of equipment.

How often should HVAC control components be checked? This depends on several factors including:

  • The size of the heated and cooled space
  • Activities that take place in space (for example, commercial facilities where there is dust and airborne debris may require more frequent maintenance)
  • The number, size and type of heating and cooling units
  • Any special heating, cooling or air quality requirements

As a general rule, preventive maintenance should be performed annually, with more frequent visits if necessary.

Some business owners and homeowners schedule two visits from a Timberline Mechanical HVAC technician each year – one in the spring, just before they start using their air conditioning unit, and one in the fall as they prepare to turn on their furnace. And in many cases, the frequency of visits is changed as the system owner and our technicians get an idea of ​​how often maintenance is needed.

The key is to start a preventive maintenance program as soon as possible so that potential problems with control system components can be identified and resolved before they trigger costly failures.

If you have any questions about your HVAC control system components, our preventative maintenance services, or our expertise in designing and installing new systems, please contact Timberline Mechanical at your convenience.

About Timberline Mechanical
Timberline Mechanical is a Boulder HVAC contractor located in Boulder, CO, and serving the Colorado Front Range including Broomfield, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, and Erie. We are committed to providing the smart solutions needed to keep your Boulder commercial HVAC equipment running efficiently and at peak performance. Whether we’re filling out a service call request, providing commercial HVAC preventative maintenance, or performing special project work, we offer smart commercial HVAC solutions to ensure your business needs are met. You can focus on your business while we keep your commercial HVAC equipment running smoothly.

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