HVAC Preventive Maintenance Checklist
When dealing with ventilation, heating and cooling assets, preventive maintenance can be a vital factor in ensuring peak performance. With a HVAC checklist you can ensure your whole team is trained and prepared to follow the correct procedures and create consistency across your business.
With preventive maintenance software you can be assured that your maintenance team is ticking off all the right boxes and establishing clarity in your business. In this HVACR blog we will run through the dos and don’ts of creating your HVAC checklist and ensure you are on the right path to success.
The Main Benefits of HVAC Preventive Maintenance Checklist
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With important assets under your care, you want to make sure that you’re doing your best with a maintenance checklist so you can get the most from your assets. With a great HVAC maintenance checklist you gain the ability to:
Save on power bills
Unfortunately one of the easiest ways to rack up your customer’s power bills is with underperforming assets. Imagine how disappointed your customers will be if they knew how much they could have been saving if only their assets were not working over time?
When a HVAC system hasn’t been maintained, they can become less efficient and have a higher energy consumption than usual. When you have a great checklist in place for your maintenance inspections, you can make sure consistency is achieved and your assets are in good working order.
For a HVAC service company, keeping your customers happy with lowered electricity costs is a great way to build long lasting customer relationships and more repeat work.
Avoid unplanned equipment downtime
With regular maintenance you can make sure that all the moving parts of your maintenance plan are in top shape.
Without checklists and maintenance tasks, you will find human error and defects become more common. A HVAC checklist can ensure step by step that each item is ticked off the agenda and no part no matter how small or big is missed.
When you have a regular maintenance plan in place for your heating and cooling assets, you will have fewer issues and hence less unplanned downtime. With preventive maintenance the aim is to catch any defects before they occur and avoid costly repair expenses.
Ensure you adhere to safety requirements
An unmaintained asset is not only expensive but can also be unsafe to your customers and technicians.
When an asset is faulty or neglected as a result of bad maintenance, it can be as trivial as a breakdown or as dangerous as carbon monoxide poisoning or a fire starting. Ensuring that your stick to your maintenance checklist will reduce the chance of hazards being exposed to your customers and you as a business being held liable.
Extend asset life cycle
With a great checklist in your preventive maintenance plan you will also extend the life cycle of your assets. To give your customers a great return on their assets, you will gain the best results through regular maintenance.
For the same reason that you wouldn't neglect to check the oil levels in your car, you shouldn't neglect your HVAC assets. To get the most out of their performance and life cycle, regular maintenance assisted by a thorough checklist is the best way to ensure you don't have to buy a new HVAC unit every couple of years.
Keep your customers happy
Imagine if your customers ring you up in the peak of winter saying that their furnace has broken down even though they just had their regular service? To avoid embarrassing phone calls like this, a checklist is a great way to ensure minimum space for human error. It will be hard to keep a list of happy clients when they can't even trust you to performance routine maintenance checks.
When you have a great checklist for your maintenance team to follow, you know you can provide a consistent and thorough service for your customers for years to come. It is always more cost effective to keep your current clients than it is to find new ones and there is no better way to keep them happy than with well performing assets.
Your customers will also find the price of preventive maintenance is considerably cheaper than buying a new unit due to neglect every few years. As they say, a happy customer means a happy business.
How to begin your HVAC maintenance checklist
Before you dive into your HVAC checklist, there are several factors to consider. First you need to:
- Train and gather your maintenance team
- Create your PM (preventive maintenance) schedule
- Set goals and KPIs you want to achieve
- Gather asset data and history
- Know your standards and warranty agreements you need to adhere to
- Get a great system in place to gather the information you need
- Know your budget and what your costs will be
Your next step is to work out what type of preventive maintenance you will need to perform. This will depend on:
- Asset type/brand
- Asset age
- Past asset performance
- Customer contracts
- How often the asset is used
- What climate the asset is in
- What time of year/season it is
Once you have gathered your initial data, it is then time to create your maintenance checklist.
What's included in the HVAC Preventative Maintenance Checklist?
Your maintenance checklist will vary between asset type and also the seasonality of the servicing. For example a HVAC checklist might look like the following…
Autumn/Fall or Winter maintenance tasks for a typical gas furnace:
- Replace filters
- Clean and check flue system
- Inspect burner assembly
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks in heating elements
- Inspect electrical connections for frays
- Ensure lubrication of any moving parts
- Inspect belts (replace if frayed)
- Check drains for blockages
- Check gas pressure
- Test thermostats
- Check heat pump
While you will find Spring or Summer maintenance tasks for a typical air conditioning system will look like:
- Check humidity levels
- Check for possible gas leaks
- Clean or replace air filters
- Clean or replace fan blades
- Check thermostats
- Ensure proper airflow
- Check refrigerant for leaks
- Check electrical connections
- Ensure correct lubrication of all moving parts
- If outdoors, ensure no debris is compromising the unit
Choosing your HVAC system
When looking at a CMMS software, you need a system that is capable of scheduling your preventive maintenance and structuring your checklists with ease.
With FieldInsight you can work in real time to ensure your team has the best HVAC preventative maintenance checklist under their belt so they can focus on the important parts of the job.
Book a demo today or give one of our product specialists a call to find out more.