If you’ve kept up with our commercial heating and cooling (a.k.a., HVAC) blog posts so far, then you should have a good appreciation for the ways that Preventive Maintenance (PM) can help you reduce HVAC repair costs and increase unit lifespan. You’ll also have a better sense of what a baseline PM program entails. We even provided a more thorough checklist of specific PM components that can help to form the foundation of a solid PM plan.
The old axiom ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ applies to so many things in life, and HVAC PM is no exception. PM for one unit may not be well-suited for another unit, especially when you account for critical variables such as location and usage.
While we’ve provided some good general recommendations and specific checklist components, the right PM program for your HVAC unit is dependent on factors that are unique to your unit, and your facility. Consider:
The point is, choosing the right PM program for your unit means gathering a lot of useful information, processing it thoughtfully – sometimes even through mathematical or statistical analysis – and building a sensible program that keeps it running smoothly, ensures a long lifecycle to protect your investment, and strengthens your bottom line.
At CLS Mechanical Services, we’ve actually developed a proprietary method for doing this – we call it PM Logic®. PM Logic determines the proper level and frequency of PM and repairs for a particular HVAC unit – specifically, PM recommendations, repair tracking and status updates, equipment evaluation and replacement recommendations, warranty tracking, and energy management system installation and monitoring.
An integral part of PM Logic is the PM Logic Score. The concept is simple – a separate score is created for each piece of equipment based on that equipment’s age, specifications, usage and geographical and locational variables. Depending on the PM Logic RTU score, CLS Mechanical Services’ HVAC technical team determines the optimal level of PM and type of repairs needed on the equipment. These focused repair alternatives are then recommended to building owners and managers.
We believe that our program, PM Logic can be instructive in helping to illustrate how you can determine the right PM program for your HVAC equipment. In every case, we recommend that you talk directly with a qualified service provider for ways to design and implement a sound PM program for your unit.
Finally, once you have a PM program in place, we strongly encourage you to implement it faithfully. Through our decades of experience, we’ve seen first-hand how valuable PM can be in the complex and demanding world of building management.
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