It's Cold! Is My Heater Safe?

It's Cold! Is My Heater Safe?

Commercial properties have a lot of responsibility associated with them. From the first-rate hotel that provides comfort to hundreds of travelers to the warehouse that requires specific temperature controls to protect the inventory stored inside, commercial buildings represent a serious investment for owners and managers. The key to protecting this investment is routine maintenance.

Routine maintenance involves inspections and repairs, replacing parts that are wearing out, and then eventually replacing units that have become unreliable or outdated. The good news is that building owners don’t have to manage all of this on their own. If you run a business or maintain a commercial property, then you know that your HVAC system needs regular inspection. Your revenue may very well depend on it.

Cold weather tests heating systems to their maximum capacity, and you never know which days will be the hardest on it. It’s important to do your part to protect the investment that your heating system represents.

There are several things owners can do:

1. Check furnace filters and change them regularly. It may be wise to change them a little earlier than the recommendations on the filters indicate. It depends on where your building is located and what other businesses are nearby.
2. Have the heating system inspected and tested during the offseason. This identifies issues before they become larger problems that cause a real breakdown or start costing you a lot of money in high heating bills.
3. Inspect the area around the furnace and make sure no storage has gotten too close to it. Furnaces need air circulation in order to run efficiently. Also, they create heat and sparks, so keep boxes and other flammable items stored as far away as possible.
4. Install a carbon monoxide detector near the heating system of your building.
5. Keep records of installation and repairs so that you know when your system is getting older and possibly less reliable.
6. Consider a preventative maintenance plan that will assure regular maintenance and possibly save money over time.
7. Train personnel in furnace safety.

What service technicians do:
When your system is inspected, it can take time as the service representative needs to do a few things:

1. They will run the system through its paces and listen and watch for issues.
2. They will test for gas leaks and other possible health issues.
3. They’ll check the immediate area for signs of excess ash, piled storage, worn wiring, coated starters, etc.
4. They’ll make sure the system meets the latest federal guidelines for furnace safety and efficiency.

No matter what the conditions you face with your heating system, and no matter what time of year it is, never hesitate to contact a reliable technician if you have any concerns. There are plenty of ways to make sure your heating system is functioning the way it should be. This protects you from loss of revenue in case of a breakdown and reduces your exposure to litigation from clients or customers.