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HVAC Mistakes that Property Managers Make in Philadelphia

There are plenty of ways to lose when it comes to HVAC systems in Philadelphia. That’s why it’s important to be aware of mistakes that HVAC managers make. 

Read this quick list of HVAC mistakes that property managers make in Philadelphia to help you save money in the future:

Failure to Replace Air Filters Regularly

Replacing air filters every 30-60 days is essential for maintaining a well-functioning HVAC system. According to the International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors, dirty or clogged systems can cause a pressure drop that will ultimately result in reduced air flow or total loss of airflow.

Failure To Perform Seasonal Maintenance

One priority that property managers in Philadelphia should make is hiring an HVAC professional to perform a full inspection of the HVAC system before hot and cold seasons begin. 

There are a mountain of problems that can occur if regular maintenance and inspection isn’t performed. Below are a few heater and AC issues to look out for this season when performing HVAC maintenance in Philadelphia:

Clogged Condensate Pipe In AC Unit

The condensate pipe allows water to escape from the evaporator coils. When the condensate pipe clogs, it will create water backup and likely cause the coils to freeze over and stop working. 

Dirty Gas Igniters On Heaters

One of the most common causes of failed furnaces is clogged ignitors. 

Frozen Evaporator Coils 

Frozen evaporator coils means that the refrigerant running through the lines can’t remove hot air from the system correctly. Always open up the cover on the coil box to make sure the coils are clean and functional.

Improper Refrigerant Levels

You’ll need an HVAC professional to hook up gauges to the AC unit to ensure that the correct amount of refrigerant is running through the system. Too much or not enough refrigerant will both cause the system to blow out hot air.

Damaged Refrigerant Lines

If the AC system is constantly losing refrigerant, that means there is likely a damage refrigerant line. The pros typically run a dye through the system to find leaks.

Failed Thermostat

Many outdated thermostats will cause an HVAC system to run poorly. Have your HVAC professional perform a thermostat test before the hot/cold season begins, and make sure to replace any outdated thermostats for nice, new ones.

Failed Control Board

A failed control board is a very common problem on HVAC systems. Anything from excess dirt to an incorrect fuse will cause control board failure.

Not Replacing Old Units

Aside from the fact that outdated heating units don’t work properly, they are also a major energy draw that can result in unnecessary costs.

Although it might seem like an expensive investment to replace a large number of inefficient units, it is actually highly beneficial for energy costs and will likely end up saving money in the future.

Failure To Micromanage Thermostat  

With all of today’s new technology, there is no reason why property managers can’t micromanage temperatures right down to the minute. 

Smart thermostat systems like the Eco Bee or Google Nest allow property managers to control the thermostat from their iPhone and set timers for heating and AC use.

Paying Too Much For HVAC Service

HVAC service scams have been around for a long time, so it’s important to have a reliable HVAC technician/company on hand with an honest opinion and fair repair price.

A good way to find a high-quality repair company is by performing a quick internet search and contacting multiple highly-rated companies to your site for a quick bid. That way, you’ll get the best quality at the best price.

Neglecting Warranty Information

Most heating and air systems have a warranty that guarantees replacement if there is a malfunction, however, the warranty is void if the unit hasn’t been regularly maintained by a professional.

That’s why it’s important to read over all warranty documentation associated with HVAC units and stay on top of maintenance to avoid a voided warranty. 

Improper Placement Of Thermostat

Putting the thermostat in the right place is key for getting the right temperature measurement. For example, if the thermostat is exposed to direct sunlight during the summer, then it will read a higher temperature. 

A good place for thermostat installation is in the middle of the structure on an interior wall away from windows, air vents, hallways, doors etc.

Leaving Windows Open/Not Securing Windows 

One of the biggest money losers happens when tenants leave windows open while the HVAC system is running.

It is never a bad idea to permanently close larger windows if they pose a potential energy-losing threat to the property.

Installing The Wrong Size System

One common mistake that property managers make in Philadelphia is installing an HVAC system that isn’t the right size for the space. For this reason, property managers should always consult an HVAC professional before installing units, even if it is a small window unit or plug-in space heater.