It’s that time of year again, the “changing of seasons.” Facility managers and maintenance professionals are getting serious about preparing their buildings for winter. Performing fall rooftop unit startups as part of a preventive maintenance program is one of the most important things they can do, as it ensures a smooth transition to the heating season by eliminating equipment down time and ensuring safe, efficient operation.
Yet according to a study by the MN Department of Commerce, one out of every five commercial building owners in Minnesota doesn’t perform rooftop unit startups for summer or winter. And nearly 33% wait until there is a problem with their rooftop units before having it serviced.
Some of the risks of not performing regularly scheduled rooftop unit maintenance are obvious: you’ll pay more in utilities with poorly performing rooftop units and the service life is shortened with each missed maintenance cycle. If you are responsible for your building’s HVAC system, you should know the main benefits of performing regular rooftop preventive maintenance and seasonal start-ups:
A common issue we run into during rooftop maintenance is compounded problems as a result of irregular maintenance. Some building owners think they’ll save money by foregoing the cost of an inspection and take the pay-as-it-breaks approach. It’s that old theory: “If there’s nothing wrong, why fix it?” The flaw in that thinking is that no problem is ever one-off; they’ll compound and multiply without a regular, comprehensive inspection.
Regular maintenance comes with several primary benefits, one of which is diminishing costs. When you think about it, it just makes sense: Each time we perform maintenance to find and correct issues, it decreases the average amount of time and effort we’ll need to spend during the next scheduled maintenance. Having properly function equipment also extends the life of your equipment. Routine rooftop preventative maintenance can extend the service life of a rooftop by 5-7 years.
Don’t get left out in the cold. Give us a call to schedule your fall rooftop maintenance and get ready for whatever winter has in store for us this year.