A new HVAC system is a major financial undertaking for any commercial facility. These complex systems take time to install, and can come with a scary price tag on the onset. However, upgrading your HVAC system can help you reduce maintenance costs and increase energy efficiency. So, how do you know when it’s time to upgrade your HVAC system? And what do you need to know before purchasing new units? Below we’ll dig into these questions in-depth to help you make the right choice for your business.
Question 1: When do I know it’s time to replace my units?
Many facility managers are reluctant to replace their HVAC systems because they don’t want to replace something they could instead repair for less. While there is no set timeline for replacing your HVAC system, there are several signs it’s time to stop investing in maintenance:
- If your units are over 15 years old, maintenance costs will start to dramatically increase, and it may be more cost-effective to replace them
- If your unit has been well-maintained, you may be able to extend the service life. However, if the unit has been neglected, replacement may be the best option.
- If there is something mechanically wrong with the HVAC system, such as leaking coils or compressor issues, you may be better off replacing it. However, there are other inexpensive repairs that your HVAC technician can recommend to extend the service life longer if they’re not serious.
- If your HVAC system uses R22 refrigerant, which is being phased out due to environmental regulations, you may need to replace your system regardless of it’s current condition.
Question 2: How long should my new HVAC system last?
HVAC systems are built to last. They are designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, and with proper maintenance can be used for 15-20 years. However, the amount of time and resources you invest in maintenance will make a major impact on the service life of your system.
Question 3: How often should I schedule HVAC maintenance, or should I schedule repairs as needed?
This question is most important and should be addressed by your HVAC installation team. If you want your system to last, you need to schedule preventative maintenance. Resorting to reactive maintenance strategies may seem as if it saves money, but it leads to faster breakdowns and problems that could have been avoided by proper care.
The MaintenX team is here to help you put a preventative maintenance plan in place for your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. Contact us today to learn more about our service options and local team!