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Summer Check Up

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

We are about halfway thru the summer. Seems like a good time to check on a few maintenance items. With the rooftop a/c's running constantly for the past several weeks, it may be time for the filters to be changed. Surely they are clogged up, minimizing the efficiency of the unit. How do you ensure the filters are changed in a timely manner? Do you have the contractors notify you with "before" and "after" photos of the filters? Do you track by the invoices received for the PM service? Are the filters dated with a sharpie when installed? Realizing you can't be at all your stores every month to check, it is essential to have a plan with your service provider to communicate when the filters are changed and how often they need to be changed. Usually in the summertime, they need to be changed more often as the unit is running more. Recommended frequency would be every two (2) months, minimum, during this high volume time.

Other maintenance items to check on are:

- Roof drains, are they clean and free of debris. The summer storms can clog these up quickly.

- Landscaping, how is the irrigation frequency working out? Should it be adjusted? Are the shrubs, grass, and plants still alive? It can be a very expensive option to replace the landscaping if left dry and dying.

- Walk in equipment coils clean? In the summer, the refrigeration systems on the walk in units are stressed due to high temperatures.The interior and exterior coils need to be cleaned frequently for efficient operation.

- Interior t-stats, do the settings need adjustment? Is the night setback programmed properly? Lowering the thermostat by one (1) degree can increase the overall electric consumption up to 3%.

Summer provides a tough environment for your facilities. Preventative maintenance done timely and properly can save literally thousands of dollars in R&M and energy expenses. What other items do you check on during this tough time? I'd like to know.

Stay cool....

Dover and out.

Tags:  coil cleaning  filters  HVAC  PM service  roof drains  Summer check list  t-stats 

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