How are Tractors like HVAC and Refrigeration Systems? Both require regular planned maintenance and a beneficial relationship with a service provider. Do you care for your HVAC System as you care for your tractor? Midwest Mechanical can help.
Daily Tractor Use Requires Planning and Upkeep
I have a friend who owns a ranch in the Ozarks. That hilly countryside is full of rocks and isn’t good for much except growing grass and raising cattle. His most important tool is a tractor which he relies on every single day throughout all four seasons. During the summer he uses it for cutting hay, raking, and baling. This year, when hay yields were low, it was necessary to do a first and second cut of hay three months apart. When winter comes around, and we have heavy snows in the Midwest, he will be glad his tractor was in good shape to cut that second round of hay.
But what keeps a tractor running well? Can you just count on it to work for you day in and day out? Definitely not. Tractors require regular planned maintenance so that they are always in functioning condition for daily use.
Regular maintenance on tractors includes:
- Checking and maintaining levels of hydraulic fluids
- Regularly scheduled oil changes each season to remove contaminants from the motor
- Changing transmission fluids every 500 hours
- Checking diesel fuel levels and keeping the water separator drained
- Checking and changing radiator fluid
- Changing the air filter
- Cleaning the radiator and condenser coil for the cab air conditioning
Without this regular maintenance, farmers find themselves in trouble. A broken tractor can mean missing the window to cut hay and missing opportunities to provide adequate feed for cattle.
You Need a Good Service Provider
If you want to keep a tractor in good condition, more is required than just buying the best tractor on the market. When you buy a tractor, you want a dealer that gives you a fair price. But they also need to back that purchase with excellent service. We all know that something is going to break eventually. When it breaks, who will be your first call to make sure your equipment is up and running? That first call must be to someone you trust.
Planned Maintenance for your HVAC or Refrigeration System
Did you know that your HVAC and Refrigeration Systems are a lot like a tractor? Just like a tractor, they are used daily. In fact, they are in use for more hours than most tractors, as they keep buildings at a proper temperature 24 hours a day. You must invest in planned maintenance if you want your HVAC and Refrigeration Systems to run properly. Just like a tractor, these systems need regular attention.
Proper maintenance included:
- Maintaining oil levels in compressors
- Maintaining proper operating refrigerant pressures
- Installing fresh clean air filters
- Cleaning condenser coils and evaporator coils to remove that dirt
- Making sure that the operating and safety controls are functioning properly
In fact, a clean condenser coil is a key to optimal performance for your systems. Without proper maintenance, your HVAC or Refrigeration Systems use an excessive amount of energy and will eventually fail. Just like a tractor will eventually break, so will your HVAC and Refrigeration Systems. So why take a risk with the equipment that keeps your building and employees operating at their best?
Plan for your Maintenance
What is the key to success and best performance for your HVAC and Refrigeration Systems? The answer is simple. Have a plan.
Rob Brouillet, tells Midwest Mechanical Customers “Make sure you have planned for your maintenance, and your maintenance is planned.”
We can help you set up a plan to keep your HVAC and Refrigeration Systems operating at their best at all times.
Contact us to plan for your maintenance now. And don’t forget to check with your tractor service provider, too!