Out of sight, but not out of mind—that needs to be your attitude when it comes to your rooftop HVAC. Just because you’re not always around your RTU HVAC, doesn’t mean that it’s not worth keeping tabs on. Preventative maintenance procedures are necessary to keep your system up and running to avoid preventable system errors and maintenance costs. Regular maintenance of your unit not only improves functionality and extends its lifespan for longer, manageable comfort for your building. Here are some crucial steps you need to take to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your RTU HVAC system:

1) Map Out a Maintenance Schedule

Planning smart means planning ahead—regular checkups on your RTU system can make all the difference when it comes to extending its lifespan and minimizing the chance of costly repairs. Getting in the habit of regularly checking on your RTU is a great way to ensure that everything’s running as it should be—if it isn’t, at least you’ll have caught the issue before it becomes too big to handle in-house.

2) Change Your Filters and Drainage

Having an RTU system in place means that the conditions outside can regularly affect it—it’s a sitting duck for rain, snow, and any other possible deterrent. During your regular maintenance checks, make sure that you’re cleaning and changing your filters. Seasonal changes can affect the way your system performs—things may not run nearly as well if it’s been beaten up by the great outdoors. Stay ahead of functionality issues by changing or replacing your filters regularly.

Cleaning drainage for your RTU system helps prevent clogging. Clogging issues can lead to blocked up filters that can damage the unit. Avoid area contamination by regularly cleaning drainage.

3) Inspect Heat Exchanger

Checking the gas pressure on your RTU is a good way to make sure harmful contaminants are nowhere near your clean air. Listen for strange noises and keep your eye for out for rust and cracks—these are all signs that your RTU HVAC system could be malfunctioning. Catching a problem like that before it spreads and further decays your system is a great way to avoid spending a fortune on repairs.

 Always make sure that you’re exhibiting proper safety precautions while inspecting your RTU system. It’s hard to stay ahead of potential issues if you’re not in the right condition to do so!