Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Commercial HVAC System
Your building’s commercial HVAC system is one of its most important components. It’s more than just a way to keep your employees comfortable no matter the season; your HVAC system is an essential part of your building’s energy efficiency, which has a significant impact on your monthly operating costs.
As with other parts of your building that develop wear and tear through the years—computers, furniture, or the sign out front—you may notice signs that the time to replace your HVAC system is approaching.
Here are several of the key indicators that you’re due for an upgrade, so you know what to watch for and can budget accordingly before it’s too late.
If your HVAC system is noisy, this can be a sign that it’s time to replace the unit. In order to keep your office or business comfortable and energy efficient, it’s important that the noise level be as low as possible. If there is more than one type of fan in use in an HVAC system (e.g., cooling fan and heat pump), then both should operate at similar volumes so that they do not disrupt conversations or meetings taking place nearby. The sound from these fans should also be consistent throughout their operation cycle; if you notice sudden changes in pitch or tone from either one, it may indicate problems with lubrication or bearings within those motors’ housings which will need attention before too long.
Leaking air is a common problem in commercial HVAC systems. As the system tries to maintain temperature and humidity levels, it may not be able to do so effectively if there are significant leaks in the ductwork or other components of your system.
Decades of Use
You may be thinking that your current HVAC system is still working fine, so why would you need to consider replacing it? Well, the lifespan of an HVAC system is often around 15-20 years. If your building was built before the late 1980s and has not yet been replaced, there’s a good chance that its commercial HVAC system is nearing the end of its service life.
If you have an older building with an outdated or malfunctioning furnace or air conditioner, this can lead not only to higher energy costs, but also higher maintenance costs as well. If you are spending more money on maintenance than operating costs, it is time to look at a new system. The cost of maintaining an older HVAC system will go up over time and eventually surpass the operating costs of a new system, which will be lower in the long run.
If you’re not using the latest technology, it’s time to upgrade. The latest heating and cooling systems are more efficient than ever before, which means they can save you money on your energy bill. They’re also quieter–a big plus for customers who have been bothered by loud hums and rattles from older models. And finally, newer systems are more durable: If a part in an older unit breaks down (and eventually all parts will), then it will require expensive repairs or replacement rather than just being replaced outright with something new.
Start Planning for Your Commercial HVAC System Now
If you’re seeing these signs, it’s time to start planning for a new commercial HVAC system. While repairs will keep your current system running, it’s important to consider the cost of repairing versus buying and installing new units. If you decide that repair isn’t worth it or isn’t possible (and many times, it won’t be), then we can help find the best solution for your needs.
To start a conversation with our team about your next commercial HVAC system, call (516) 747-4700.