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When to Replace Your Commercial HVAC System

Did you know that the term “air conditioning” was first coined in 1906 by Stuart Cramer, who was a textile mill engineer? Since then, air conditioning systems have evolved to become the commercial building HVAC systems we all know and love. Can you imagine walking into a shopping center with no air conditioning on a hot summer day?

While HVAC systems have become commonplace, it is important to maintain your system; otherwise, you’ll end up with unexpected breakdowns and hefty repair costs. You need to know when it’s better to replace your system instead of trying to repair it.

So, keep reading to find out when you should consider replacing your Commercial HVAC System.

System Age

Unfortunately, HVAC systems have a lifespan and no amount of maintenance or repair will make them last longer. If the system isn’t constantly used you might be able to get a few more years out of it, but the more strain a system is under the quicker it will age.

If your system is older than ten years it’s also possible that it uses R-22 refrigerant. R-22 is an ozone-depleting refrigerant that is being phased out due to its environmental impact.

Costly Repairs

When the repairs to your HVAC systems are equal to roughly half the price of a new system it is high time to start looking at an HVAC system replacement. It doesn’t make sense to put a lot of into repairs when you could be investing in a more efficient system.

When replacing your HVAC system, you can even consider upgrading to an automated system to help reduce your operating costs.

Inconsistent Heating and Cooling

One of the main functions of a commercial HVAC system is to heat or cool the air. When it stops fulfilling its main function you will only be wasting money on increased utility bills.

If an HVAC system struggles to heat or cool the air it will end up working much longer than needed to achieve the same results as a new system. This will cause an increase in your utility bill since the system is on for longer than usual.

Once the heating and cooling function stop working as intended you’ll also start to notice a reduction in air quality. The system won’t be filtering dust and contaminants as it should, so you’ll start noticing stale air in areas you never have before.

Replace Your Commercial HVAC System

Replacing your commercial HVAC system might seem like a big investment to make, but if you put together all the money you will spend keeping your current system running optimally, you will realize you are better off with an HVAC system replacement. When in doubt you can always call an HVAC system specialist to come and see if your systems need to be replaced.

Please feel free to contact our HVAC technicians with any and all property management questions you might have!

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