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Sustainability | Prevention is better than cure

HVAC Maintenance: Prevention is better than cure

The necessity of an annual check-up for HVAC installations

- by Jaco Heinen, 6 July 2016

We all recognise the need for regular preventive maintenance when it comes to our cars. Every year we take our car to the garage where it’s checked for wear and hidden defects. We have the oil filters, wipers and tyres replaced so that we can go back on the road. After all, we don’t want our car to break down when we most need it. This is preventive maintenance – and we all agree it makes perfect sense.

Oddly enough, people don’t look at vessels this way. At Heinen & Hopman, we frequently run into boats and yachts which have seen little to no maintenance carried out on their HVAC installations. This is very strange considering such systems are constantly activated over years. Chillers, air-handling units and fans run continuously to cool vital systems and provide guests and crew with a comfortable interior environment.

Overdue maintenance

Heinen & Hopman often encounters problems and damage which could have been prevented but occur as a result of overdue maintenance. These problems often manifest themselves at inconvenient moments, such as during vital operational processes or a cruise in the tropics. They are always tiresome at best.

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Formation of rust on Casing of DX

Maintenance is pure necessity

If you have a cooling system on board, it must be able to flawlessly do its job of cooling when the temperature outside is hot and heating when it is cold. This never stops, no matter where you are in the world. And it’s only possible with regular preventive maintenance.

Prevention is better than cure

Preventive maintenance is seen as an annoying expense. Right until the moment something breaks. Then the damage is often found to be much greater – and the costs far higher.

Put simply: prevention is better than cure. There are several steps which can be taken in addition to preventive maintenance to avoid damage to HVAC systems. You can read more about these steps soon in my blog Checklist for HVAC systems.

Jaco Heinen | Service & Maintenance Manager

Jaco Heinen has been working at Heinen & Hopman for over eight years. He became the Service & Maintenance manager four years ago and manages the service contracts for maritime HVAC installations worldwide.

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Preventive maintenance is seen as an annoying expense. Right until the moment something breaks. Then the damage is often found to be much greater – and the costs far higher.

Jaco Heinen

Jaco Heinen

Jaco Heinen

- Service & Maintenance Manager

Jaco Heinen

Jaco Heinen

- Service & Maintenance Manager

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