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What is the Importance of Building a Preventative Maintenance Plan?


No matter the size of the facilities, managing a commercial or industrial building is a complex task that often requires the assistance from third party professional service providers.

A case in point is the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that keeps everyone on your premises safe and comfortable. Not only will employee morale plummet if it's too hot or cold inside, you can count on clients, customers and vendors being equally displeased if they have to spend too much time inside your building during extremes of heat or cold.

If you don't plan ahead and have technicians service your HVAC equipment, you will be lowering the return on investment and increasing the total cost of ownership.

After all, the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is more than a cliché. It's a time-honored truism that reminds us to keep our equipment properly maintained. Failure to make a plan can not only lead to an HVAC system shutdown, but also dramatically increase the costs to keep it running. Dirty HVAC equipment has to run more often than a clean system, which puts unwarranted stress on components and drives up utility bills.

Read on for more information about the importance of building a preventative maintenance plan.

Nip Problems in the Bud

That strange sound you've been hearing coming from the HVAC equipment is not something to ignore. Likewise, if one room seems to never get warm enough in winter or even adequately cool during the summer, there could be a problem with the vents, ductwork or something mechanical or electrical.

By setting up a plan for maintenance, you can rest assured that professionals will be focusing their attention on all aspects of your equipment, always looking for performance issues. When they find a small problem early, it is easier to repair or replace the damaged part than it would be to fix it later when the equipment has ground to a halt.

Arrange for Regular Service Calls

Your preventative maintenance plan will not have the same requirements of other businesses, as each facility is arranged differently and will have varying requirements. As a rule of thumb, though, a qualified individual should come at least once a year.

One approach is to have HVAC professionals come every six months, taking care of the heating side of things during colder months, and servicing the AC equipment during the summer.

Once you've made an inventory of all the HVAC equipment that's running in all the buildings in your facility, your preventative maintenance plan will help you keep track of what needs to be inspected next and why.

Building owners and facility managers in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area know that the key to keeping their HVAC equipment running smoothly with the lowest possible total cost of ownership requires partnering with air conditioning and heating professionals. At David Gray Heating & Air, we are devoted to keeping a close eye on the HVAC systems our customers call us to inspect, clean, maintain and repair. For details on developing a preventative maintenance plan for your system or to set up an appointment, please contact David Gray Heating & Air today. We're looking forward to hearing from you!