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Summer Time Check-Up

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

Well, the temperatures here in Dallas have been in the upper 90's for the past several weeks. The summer is almost half over, do you know how your stores are doing? May be a good time to do a quick check on things to ensure there are no major breakdowns before the hot weather disappears. Pretty sure the a/c units have been running full out for the past several weeks. When was the last time the filters were changed? How do you know when your local contractor completed this service? Do you keep a spreadsheet or log? Does the contractor notify you? Are the filters dated when they are changed? Obviously you can't be at all your stores every month or two to check so it is essential to have a plan with your service provider to communicate when the filters are changed and the frequency required. The recommended time is every two(2) months during the summer season. Changing filters regularly is probably the biggest factor in saving energy, prolonging the life, and minimizing R&M costs for your HVAC's.

Additional items to check on are:

- A/C thermostats, are they set properly? Can you remote access this data? Is the night setback programmed correctly? Put this on your contractor checklist when they are changing filters and servicing the unit periodically.

- Irrigation controls for landscaping. Are the bushes, shrubs, plants, and grass looking good and still alive? Does the irrigation system need adjustment? Is the time correctly set along with the day and watering duration? Are there local watering restrictions? It's very expensive to replace dead landscaping and it doesn't look good to incoming customers.

- Roof drains. After the spring storms, have they been checked for proper water flow? Storms can quickly clog these up. Keep them clean and free of debris.

- Refrigeration. Summer is brutal on refrigeration units. Make sure they are scheduled for PM's to clean the coils and check for proper operation.

- Exterior lighting. Are the lights coming on and turning off at the programmed time?

Summertime is hard on your facilities. Preventative maintenance completed in a timely manner and done correctly will save you a bundle in energy and R&M expenses. Stay cool.

Dover and out.

Tags:  Coil cleaning  filter changes  landscaping roof drains  thermostats 

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