Years of wear will take a toll on any HVAC system, at which time you have to be prepared to replace it to ensure a comfortable commercial space. In today’s post, local heating and air conditioning repair company Schmitt shares a look at some signs that indicate you need to replace your HVAC system.
Your HVAC system is over 10 years old — Most HVAC systems are expected to last 10 years. Proper care and maintenance can help you get a few more years out of them, but you have to expect the HVAC system to gradually underperform, and be prepared if keeping it wouldn’t be as practical. Commercial HVAC systems have higher workloads and are more likely to show signs of wear. Heed your HVAC contractor’s advice if they tell you that your commercial HVAC system will need to be replaced by a specific date.
Your utility bills are rising — If you’ve owned or have been managing a commercial property for a while, you should already have an idea of how much your monthly utility bills should be relative to electricity rates. If your utility bills are noticeably rising every month, one of the probable reasons is that your building’s HVAC system is nearing the end of its lifespan. Make sure that you check other possible causes like air leaks and inefficient windows. When buying a new HVAC system, ask your heating system repair contractor for units certified by ENERGY STAR®.
Inconsistent indoor temperatures — Concurrent with the signs described above, you might notice spots where it’s too warm, or an air conditioning vent may only be cooling a certain spot in a large office space. While there are other issues that may be causing or contributing to this problem, such as damaged thermostats, clogged air filters, leaky ductwork and low refrigerant levels—you mustn’t discount the possibility that your HVAC system is due for a replacement.
Refrigerant can’t be recharged — Old HVAC systems may utilize a refrigerant called R-22, which is regarded as an environmental threat. Switching to the now-standard R-410A isn’t a simple process, nor is it a practical one. If your HVAC system springs a leak and your HVAC contractor confirms it still has R-22 refrigerant, it is possible to retrofit it with compliant components; however, you might want to consider replacing it with an all-new, compliant HVAC system.
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