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The Importance of Regular Maintenance for Your Commercial Furnace

Mar 25, 2024 | HVAC

Companies often look for ways to reduce operating costs, which makes good business sense. However, one area you do not want to save money on is maintaining your commercial furnace.

Ignoring routine maintenance can save money initially, but you will spend more on repairs and possible replacements in the long run.

Commercial Furnace Installation

Installing a commercial furnace is a big expense. Between purchasing and installation costs, your new furnace can consume a significant chunk of your operating budget. So, doesn’t it make sense to partner with an expert to ensure your furnace is always functioning properly?

Along with ensuring your furnace is working as energy-efficient as possible, routine maintenance can also help extend its life. This means your new furnace will last for years before needing replacing. While hiring a furnace service company like CS Mechanical comes at a cost, it is significantly lower than purchasing a new commercial furnace every few years.

Commercial Furnace and Heating Repair

Commercial furnaces are comprised of multiple parts. From filters and connections to belts and pulleys, to name a few, anything can break without warning. This can result in a furnace that isn’t turning on or producing enough heat to keep the space at a comfortable temperature.

However, when you partner with a service provider like CS Mechanical, you can keep your furnace functioning properly throughout the year.

Common Furnace Issues

Commercial furnaces can develop various issues that include non-functioning thermostats and clogged filters. These can cause your furnace to work inefficiently, resulting in higher-than-average utility bills. Changes in the pilot light are another common furnace problem.

If the pilot light is weak, flickering, or discolored, it may indicate the presence of carbon monoxide. The heat exchanger is cracked. This type of issue usually requires a professional to replace the broken heat exchanger.

Some additional common issues include:

  • Frayed blower belt
  • Over-cycling
  • Worn-out ball bearings
  • Rattling or pinging noises

If your furnace is experiencing any of these issues, it’s best to schedule an appointment with the experts at CS Mechanical.

The Furnace is Not Turning On

There are a few reasons why your furnace may not be turning on, regardless of how often you adjust the thermostat or play with the on/off switch. Sometimes, the issue is as simple as changing out a dirty or clogged filter.

Clogged filters can interfere with airflow, preventing the furnace from kicking on. Checking whether the gas line is on may also resolve the problem.

However, the issue may also result from a faulty pilot light.

Furnace Blower Not Working

Sometimes, a furnace blower problem is a simple fix. Other times, it is a more expensive repair. An improperly set thermostat can be the cause of the problem. For example, you may want to switch the settings from ‘auto’ to ‘on.’ Replacing the batteries, if applicable, in the thermostat may also resolve the issue.

Clogged filters and vents can also prevent the blower from turning on. This is another relatively easy repair. Simply replace the clogged filters and clean out any blocked vents. However, sometimes, blocks in the vents are too far back to easily reach. If this happens, you will want to schedule a maintenance and repair call with CS Mechanical.

Another common reason for a malfunctioning glower is the motor. The motor can wear out over time. When this happens, you will need to replace the blower.

Furnace Not Turning on Automatically

The first item to check is the filters when your commercial furnace isn’t turning on automatically. Insufficient airflow can prevent the furnace from turning on, regardless of the position of the thermostat.

A faulty pilot light and a thermostat set to the incorrect temperature can also interfere with the furnace’s performance.

You may also have a faulty drive belt, or the dampers need adjusting. Leaks and corrosion are other issues that can prevent a commercial furnace from turning on.

If your furnace isn’t turning on automatically, talk to the experts at CS Mechanical.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some frequently asked questions about commercial furnace issues include the following.

How often should you service your furnace?

Our technicians at CS Mechanical recommend servicing your furnace at least once a year. Along with inspecting your furnace, we will also clean or replace old and dirty filters. If an issue is discovered, our technicians will recommend the best solutions.

Benefits of commercial furnace tune-ups

There are multiple benefits to having your commercial furnace tuned up regularly. You can rest assured your furnace is ready for colder temperatures. In the long run, regular maintenance also saves your business on repair and replacement costs. With a regular maintenance schedule, your furnace can last for years.

Contact CS Mechanical for all of your commercial furnace needs.