PTAC Preventative Maintenance

NorWest offers professional PTAC services of all kinds, which includes preventative maintenance for many different PTAC units. When you have regular PTAC maintenance, you can maximize the energy savings of the unit, as well as extend the life of it. Some of these tasks can be done by yourself, depending on the size and model of the unit. For commercial and larger PTAC units, we recommend you trust NorWest's preventative maintenance. For more information about our services, please get in touch with our office today.

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At NorWest, we provide these services for you as part of our overall PTAC services and maintenance packages. Find out about all of the services we provide. We are located in Maspeth and provide our PTAC preventative maintenance services for customers throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester & Connecticut. Read on for some helpful notes on preventative maintenance for your PTAC unit and what you get when you turn to NorWest!

Monthly PTAC Cleaning Tasks

These couple cleaning tasks may seem simple, but they go a long way in terms of preventative maintenance for any PTAC unit. The intrusion of dust and dirt can do long term damage if not cleaned regularly. So it is important to maintain these units all year long in order to keep up their efficiency.

Air Filter

When we work on the unit, we first remove the PTAC air filter. We do so slowly as to prevent any dirt from falling back into the unit. This task may differ depending on the unit, but the end result remains the same to remove the filter ensure it is cleaned. And depending on the filter, we will either clean the filter with a vacuum or running water. However, if the filter is damaged or simply to old to continue to use, we opt to replace the filter.

Vent Screen

For some models, this cleaning operation can be skipped. For example, if the PTAC unit is operated with the vent door closed, then the vent screen does not need to be cleaned. However, to clean the vent screen, we first remove the front grille. Then we will remove the screws that secure the chassis to the wall sleeve. Once that is done, we will slide the chassis out far enough so we can get to the vent screen in order to clean it. When we finish cleaning the vent screen, we will slide the chassis back into the wall sleeve and secure it in place. And again, if the vent screen is damaged, then we will opt for a replacement.

Front Grill

When we want to clean the front grill, we will remove it and clean it with a dampened cloth. Then simply reinstall it. While doing this, we will inspect the control panel and the plug to make sure both are still in good operating condition.

Seasonal PTAC Maintenance Tasks

Depending on the season, there are various cleaning tasks one needs to handle in order to ensure the longevity of their PTAC unit. And depending on the season, various preventative maintenance tasks may be required for a specific PTAC unit. There are preventative measures to take specifically during winter to ensure the safety of your unit.

Here are some generals tasks NorWest effectively handles.

Wall Sleeve

First, out team will check the caulking around the PTAC wall sleeve. We want to make sure all of the air and water openings are sealed. Then we will check the wall sleeve's level. To do so, we will tilt it a bit. Depending on the PTAC unit, it may have an internal draining system, in which case we will level it. This ensures the water drains in the proper locations. We do not want the water to overflow the sleeve. Our experts have years of experience and will make sure this task is done properly and safely.

Base Pan & Condenser Coil

To clean the base pan and condenser coil, we will spray them with a cleaning solution. Then, we will place either a cleaning tablet or a drain strip in the base pan. This prevents bacteria from growing, keeping the unit germ free. Then we will reinstall back into the wall sleeve. However, depending on the unit, you may need to wait up to 24 hours before turning the power back on in order for it to properly dry. We will make sure these instructions are clear.

Clearance Check

Lastly, we will make a clearance check. By that, we mean will will make sure the intake air and discharge air paths are not blocked or restricted. During this check, we will make sure nothing is blocking the intake vent or discharge vent.