As a business owner or commercial property owner, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is when to undergo commercial HVAC replacement. While commercial HVAC replacement can be very expensive, it can save money in the long run because it typically improves the energy efficiency of your building significantly, as well as reduce the number of repair calls you will have to make. It will also make for happier managers, employees and customers as your building will be more comfortable with a more consistent indoor temperature regardless of the weather and season outside.
Most commercial HVAC systems have a lifespan of about 15 years. This may be extended to about 20 years with regular maintenance and other service. One clear sign that it is time to consider commercial HVAC replacement is the age of your system. Once your system is 10 or more years old, it may not pay to simply repair it if it breaks down. The older your system is, typically the more repairs it will need and the less energy efficient it will be, even in optimal working conditions.
Here are some signs you should watch for that it is time to consider commercial HVAC replacement:
- Unusual noises or odors: Common noises that indicate failure of your HVAC system include squealing and grinding. Not only can odors be annoying or off-putting, they can actually be dangerous for the people who work in your building every day.
- Higher utility bills or uneven temperatures: If you suddenly notice a rise in your utility bills, you should suspect the HVAC system. Hot and cold spots in your building can also indicate trouble, as well as excess moisture or humidity indoors.