A Quick Guide To Prepping Your Facility For Winter

Scheduling regular preventive maintenance inspections well before the winter helps to reduce the likelihood of running into problems with your HVAC and electrical systems.

Prepping your facility for winter is necessary for all commercial facilities, including power plants, manufacturing industries, food processing facilities, heavy industrial plants, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

Preventive maintenance and inspection of HVAC systems

HVAC equipment becomes increasingly inefficient as it undergoes wear and tear over time. It also becomes more prone to damage. Fortunately, you can extend the lifetime and functionality of your HVAC equipment by having a facility maintenance company such as BRAVO! carry out preventive maintenance on the equipment, especially when preparing for winter.

Prepping Your Facility For WinterThe furnace and boiler are among the most parts of your HVAC system that a facility maintenance technician checks during scheduled preventive maintenance inspections. If necessary, the technician replaces the filter. They also inspect the ventilation system and the heater’s exterior for signs of wear and tear and performs repairs where necessary.

Next, the technician cleans the interior components of the furnace, checking for signs of damage or wear. These components include pressure switches, motors, the blower, and the ignition assembly. The technician measures the power that the furnace along with its components consume to see if there is power wastage.

The technician also inspects, cleans, and calibrates the thermostat. They turn on the furnace and examine the performance of each component. Furthermore, they check for carbon monoxide leaks in the HVAC system and make sure the pipes and ventilation are clean. They also inspect the controls, boiler, pump, safeties, sight glass, and low water cutoff.

Another HVAC component that the technician inspects is the air conditioning. To determine whether the AC system is working properly, the technicians inspects the indoor and outdoor components, including the belts, motors, and all the internal parts.

They measure the coolant levels in the AC system and replace the coolant if necessary. The technician examines the safety controls, circuits, condensate pipe, drain line, valves, and caps. They check the AC system’s electrical components and replace damaged or worn parts to prevent electrical failure or accidents.

To prevent debris and dirt from entering the ducts, the technician may replace the AC system filter. Finally, for more efficient cooling, the technician inspects, cleans, and calibrates the AC system’s thermostat.

Preventive maintenance and inspection of electrical systems

The facilities in many industries need more power in the winter month to keep the buildings warm and ensure that the equipment performs optimally. Nonetheless, managers in these facilities make an effort to use power as efficiently as possible to minimize power costs.

It is for this reason that preventive maintenance of inspection of electrical systems is vital. Technicians from highly reputed facility maintenance companies like BRAVO! carry out inspections to ensure the electrical systems are in top condition.

They check for load imbalances and exposed wires and perform necessary repairs to prevent electrical shorts which can cause fires through explosions, arcing, and heat buildup. Loose connections can also lead to fluctuations in power, which in turn cause load imbalances and erratic performance of devices.

Technicians also identify components such as motors and transformers that may not be running according to specifications. Predictive maintenance technology such as laser alignment tools, vibration analysis, and infrared thermography all reduce the incidence of electrical systems failures.