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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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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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