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A hotel’s HVAC system is critically important to its success, as well as the safety and comfort of its guests. Sometimes a hotel is a place for the weary driver who’s put in hundreds of miles between destinations. Sometimes it’s a strategy room for the purpose-minded traveling executive, sometimes it’s a place for a couple to reconnect with one another, sometimes it’s a place where families create lasting memories.

In any case, the experience occupants can have sour quickly if they can get comfortable because they’re freezing, sweating or coughing because of the hotel’s faulty HVAC system.

Universal Mechanical Group has been partnering with New Jersey’s hospitality industry for years to provide proactive, affordable, expert and expedient hotel HVAC repair, maintenance and installation. Whether you’re operating as part of a major hotel franchise in Alpine, NJ; East Rutherford, NJ; Edgewater, NJ; Englewood, NJ; Franklin lakes, NJ; Glen Rock, NJ; Mahwah, NJ; Maywood, NJ; Palisades Park, NJ or Paramus, NJ, we’re here to provide the best possible service for the most competitive rates in the area.

Call our experienced, qualified, licensed technicians today at (973) 866-5445  to schedule your next appointment.

Importance of Quality HVAC Systems in Your Hotel

Data from the New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s office indicates that tourism in the state hit record-breaking numbers in 2018.

Visitors from all over the country and the world were flocking to New Jersey to experience the state’s unmatched parks, beaches, restaurants, cultural attractions, night life and everything else it had to offer. Nearly each and every one of them had their pick of tens of thousands of hotels in which to stay, and the slightest variable had hotels competing for market share.

In the age of Yelp!, Google, TripAdvisor and multiple other internet review sites, your hotel simply can’t afford to have its rooms too cold, too hot, smelling bad or keeping occupants up all night with a banging and clanging of the HVAC system.

Comfort and the ability to breathe is a critical part of enjoying your travel experience, and the last thing you need is to get negative reviews because of foolish and short-sighted HVAC repair, maintenance or installation issues. Simply put, although you never really think about it, your hotel’s HVAC system could actually make or break your establishment’s prospects of long-term growth.

Many, if not most, hotels in New Jersey are running on what can charitably be described as “modest” budgets, specifically those who are independently owned. A faulty or inefficient HVAC system can very easily send your monthly energy costs skyrocketing, leaving you in the red, quarter after quarter for years.

Common Types of Repair Issues

Hotels operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year. It’s not like HVAC output for the household or even any other type of business. This means their HVAC systems are running constantly, through all seasons. Without proper HVAC maintenance and repair, there’s a real and genuine risk of your system aging rapidly and dying before its time.

The average HVAC system lasts between 15-20 years, along the way some of the factors that determine its longevity include how often its maintained and cleaned; how soon repair takes place after the discovery of an issue, and a variety of others. Some of the common types of hotel HVAC systems include, but are not limited to:

  • Uneven Hot and Cold Air Distribution
  • Frozen Condensers or Coils
  • Clicking on and Off
  • Not Getting Hot or Cold Enough
  • Emitting Odd and Unpleasant Smells
  • Dirty Filters
  • Pilot or Ignition Light Issues
  • Blown Fuses or Tripped Breakers
  • Unusual Furnace Noises
  • Blown Fuses or Tripped Breakers

These issues could be caused by a wide variety of circumstance. If you’re experiencing these or any other repair or maintenance issues with your hotel’s HVAC system, it’s critical that you contact a licensed  and qualified HVAC system repair company. Universal Mechanical Group will be glad to help your hotel.

Is It time to Repair My Hotel’s System?

The older your HVAC system gets, the more prone it will be to progressively serious repair issues. These problems could include anything, from a broken or malfunctioning thermostat to serious components like condensers and coils in your cooling system or the blower motor in your furnace.

HVAC repair problems are best addressed as they arise to keep your hotel’s system running at peak performance, and to avoid any undue wear and tear.

The longer your HVAC system is expected to operate without malfunctioning of plainly broken parts, the more likely it will be that it’ll stop working altogether, and you’ll have to replace the entire unit. Universal Mechanical Group is ready to diagnose and repair all of your hotel’s HVAC repair issues as soon as they arise, so you can keep your system running for a good, long time.

Maintenance of Your Hotel’s System is Key

Like anything else, the more love, care and attention you give your hotel’s HVAC system, the longer it is likely to last. Since your hotel’s HVAC system is running 24-7, Universal Mechanical Group recommends performing routine maintenance at least twice per year on each element of your system. Our expert maintenance techs offer timely, professional, affordable and through maintenance of your system.

Common Types of HVAC Units for Hotels

There are many reasons why you may want to replace your hotel’s HVAC system. Perhaps it’s simply past its prime, and was retrofitted to meet your hotel’s needs a long time ago, but no longer works for your guests; perhaps you’re looking to expand your property and need something with more power as part of your grand renovation; perhaps you’re looking to upgrade to a more energy-efficient system to keep monthly energy costs down or take advantage of new government incentive programs. Whatever your needs may be for your hotel’s HVAC system, there’s certainly a system to accommodate you.

Two of the most common HVAC systems for hotels include the traditional packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC), a type of self-contained heating and air conditioning system commonly found in, and the vertical terminal air conditioner (VTAC), which can be installed inside a small closet instead of protruding from under the window the way a PTAC does.

These are ideal for both small and large hotels whose rooms demand their own climate ecosystem. There are more and more hotel HVAC options being developed to accommodate all types of establishments, from boutique hotels with wild and unorthodox themes to larger hotels that need a streamlined and cost-efficient heating and cooling option.

Going Green: An Emerging Trend in Hotels

There is an increasingly large trend toward larger hotel chains adopting more energy-efficient HVAC options to both reduce their carbon footprint and save costs. Felix Seiler, chief Operating officer of Holloway Lodging Corporation, which owns both the DoubleTree by Hilton in London and Holiday Inn Ottawa, along with numerous others ranging from 60 to 350 rooms, has signaled that he’s looking for options that decrease power consumption, and new technologies that can aid in this endeavor.

Some hoteliers are also installing motion sensors in their rooms to ensure the heating and cooling systems only turn on when occupants are in the room.

Hotel HVAC Maintenance: What You Need to Know

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
  • Examine Heat Exchanger
  • Check Duct Work
  • Check Thermostat Battery and Function

It is generally recommended that your hotel’s commercial HVAC system undergo maintenance seasonally. 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.