Case Study: Deli Rebalance


In spring 2015, Melink was hired by a facilities director at a popular sandwich deli chain for a pilot balance service at their Port Arthur, Texas, location. The scope of work was to audit the previous new construction balance work of their existing contractor. When Melink’s technicians reported several deficiencies (opening the eyes of the facilities team to the faulty installation work), the pilot program expanded to an additional three stores.


The Melink technician inspected the rooftop units, exhaust fans, duct systems, thermostats, exhaust hoods, and other components of the HVAC systems. After all balance adjustments were made, a positive pressure that complied with the design requirements was read and the final results were discussed with the restaurant managers. Further, the company’s management team was provided with a detailed report, which included measurements, pictures of the HVAC components, and a punch list of deficiencies to be corrected to maintain the balanced, comfortable building.

The most common punch list items include:

  • Inoperable outdoor dampers
  • Dirty blower wheel
  • Dirty evaporator coil
  • Dirty outdoor filters
  • Dirty return grilles

Melink is now performing test and balance work for all of the chain’s locations.

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