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A bar’s commercial HVAC system is a critical, but often overlooked part of its success. A bar or tavern is a place where people go for fun, relaxation, comfort and social interaction. The last thing they want is to have to worry about being too hot or too cold when they’re trying to enjoy their drinks, interact with their friends or unwind at the end of their workday. A bar atmosphere is supposed to be lively, comfortable and welcoming. Once your customers have to complain about the heat or that they’re freezing, it’s only a matter of time before they start going somewhere else.

While some people are willing to overlook the quirks and eccentricities of their favorite local watering hole, even the “diviest” of dive bars need a proper commercial HVAC system to ensure the comfort and happiness of their employees and customers. Universal Mechanical Group has been helping bars throughout the state, including Alpine, NJ, East Rutherford, NJ, Edgewater, NJ, Englewood, NJ, Franklin lakes, NJ, Glen rock, NJ and more.

If you need commercial HVAC repair maintenance and installation for your bar in Bergen County, NJ or Union County, NJ, call our NJ HVAC professionals today at (973) 866-5445 to schedule your appointment now.

Why Your NJ Bar Needs the Best HVAC System

New Jersey is an admittedly expensive state, and it doesn’t get any cheaper or easier as time goes on. Obtaining a liquor license in New Jersey can run between $350,000-$400,000. On top of that, more and more bars and restaurants fail every single year. Just one week without little or no customers can have serious implications on your business. With such a wide of taverns and bars in Essex county, NJ, and all other areas of the state, patrons will not hesitate to go elsewhere for their afterwork or weekend drink if they’re not comfortable. You can avoid this by making sure you have the right commercial HVAC system for your bar, and that’s maintained and repaired when appropriate.

What Kind of HVAC System Does My Bar Need?

What does your bar look like? Is it large bar and grill with ample square footage or a charming little getaway perfect for a small and committed following? Is there a kitchen attached and do you serve food, or is this just a drinks-and peanuts-only joint?

Another question you want to ask yourself when considering commercial HVAC installation for your bar is “Where is my bar located?” Is it on the water where the natural winds cool down the inside, or is it located more inland in areas like Palisades park, NJ Paramus, NJ Ridgewood, NJ, Rutherford, NJ, Saddle brook, NJ, Saddle river, NJ or Ho Ho Kus, NJ?

When it comes time install your bar’s first or new commercial HVAC system, size, geography and budget are two of the most important factors to consider. You want a system that’s going to be adequate to suit your employees’ and your customers’ comfort and safety needs, but is also small and efficient enough not to cripple our business with high energy bills each month. The average restaurant spends about five percent of their monthly costs on energy. These figures are high enough, but could easily increase if your HVAC system is improperly maintained, inefficient or just downright broken.

Larger bars and nightclubs in NJ may opt for multizone units to keep specific areas of the establishment at certain temperatures for optimal guest experience. Other smaller venues may utilize hybrid single-zone heating and cooling or even a commercial ductless system to cut down on cost, maintenance and utility bills at the end of every month. When you’re getting ready to install repair, replace or install an HVAC system for your bar in NJ, it’s best to call an experienced and qualified professional who can help you in the decision-making process.

Bar HVAC Maintenance: Good Enough” Is Not Good Enough

You probably don’t spend a lot time thinking about your bar’s commercial HVAC system. After all you, you did what you needed to do to appease the inspectors and get and maintain your certificate of occupancy…if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you, right? The reality is there are many, pardon the pun, degrees between legal standard and optimal performance, and if your system is not running properly, your customers will definitely notice.

The difference between a long-running, healthy and efficient system, and throwing good money after bad on expensive and undue repairs and high utility bills each month is all about proactive maintenance and proper repair when needed. With that being said, here are some things you can do to ensure you get the 15-20 years out of your bar’s commercial HVAC system:

  • Change Air Filters when Appropriate
  • Clean and Inspect Coil and Cabinet in Cooling System
  • Inspect Compressor
  • Lubricate and Check Fan Motor
  • Inspect Control Box, Switches, Wiring, and Safety Controls 
  • Check and Clean Blower Assembly
  • Lubricate and Replace Belts
  • Clean and Clear Evaporator Coil, Drip Pan
  • Clean and Clear Condensate Lines
  • Inspect and Clean Burner Assembly
  • Clean Ignition System
  • Test Safety Controls
  • Check Heat Exchanger
  • Check Duct Work
  • Check Thermostat Battery and Function

It is generally recommended that your bar’s commercial HVAC system undergo maintenance three to four times. There is high demand placed on these systems, and they often have to run for long times at frequent intervals. Maintenance should be performed by an experienced, licensed and qualified professional technician. Part of the commercial HVAC maintenance process should also include alerting the customer to any potential problems that may occur in the immediate future, such as parts that will need to be replaced and other issues.

Getting Out in Front of the Problem

Without proper maintenance, what often start out as small problems can lead to expensive and costly repairs that you simply may not have the money for. Between inventory overhead, payroll and the many other expenses that come with owning and operating a bar, the last thing you need is to blindsided by a large heating or cooling repair bill. Bar operators in New Jersey routinely operate on a razor-thin margin, and it can be hard, and frankly devastating to absorb such high short-term costs. This is why it’s best to know exactly what’s going on with our system, and make the smaller repairs when necessary.

Let UMG Help You Keep the Doors Open

Universal Mechanical Group has been helping bar owners and managers in New Jersey repair, install and maintain their commercial HVAC system for decades, and we’re ready to help you avoid catastrophic repair costs, and give your employees and customers the comfort, safety and peace of mind they deserve. Whether you’re looking to install a new system, need quick, proactive and expert repair on a part, or are just looking for routine professional maintenance, our licensed, certified and experienced technicians are ready to help you. We are available 24-7 to address all of your commercial HVAC needs Don’t let the reason why “everybody knows your name” be because it’s too hot, too cold or not properly ventilated in your bar. Call Universal Mechanical Group today at (973) 866-5445.