Ventilation is crucial in the warehouse environment for a number of reasons. Perhaps most importantly, however, proper ventilation protects workers from hazardous airborne chemicals or flammable vapors by moving such potentially contaminated air out of the work area and replenishing the same area with clean, fresh air. But ventilation equipment isn’t prone to malfunction, which makes proper care and maintenance of such components critical, for both your facility’s operations and employee health.
There are three types of ventilation equipment – for indoor air quality, for dilution and for local exhaust. While each type of system has its pros and cons, one commonality among them all is that they all need routine maintenance. While all warehouse facilities should contract with a local repair expert to schedule regular maintenance checkpoints to best keep their equipment working at full capacity, here’s a look at some of the most common issues that crop up regarding ventilation equipment:
- Dust buildup that clogs up the ductwork, preventing equipment from operating at full capacity.
- A clogged air cleaner.
- Broken or slipping fan belts are a common issue and must be replaced every few years or at the manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Holes and cracks in the ductwork, which must be replaced or repaired.
- Improper airflow balancing, which usually occurs after new hoods or ductwork has been added.
- Cross drafts from cooling fans.
- Hood modifications.
As you can see, there are a variety of issues that routinely develop concerning ventilation equipment in the warehouse. And the cheapest and most effective way to get the maximum life out of such equipment, while also reducing equipment downtime, is to make sure you have a preventative maintenance plan in place in your facility.
For more information about maintaining ventilation equipment in the warehouse, contact the professionals at Industrial Fans Direct today.