Even a small business needs a functioning HVAC system. Your commercial HVAC system does so much more than just keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. When it’s working the way it should, it keeps your energy bills affordable, and protects your employees from sick-building syndrome. Your HVAC system regulates the humidity in your space, so rooms feel dry and comfortable even when it’s cold and damp outside. Additionally, it keeps the temperature steady from room to room, meaning nobody feels the need to hang out in the break room all summer because it’s the only cool spot in the building.
When Your Commercial HVAC System Gets Cranky
A commercial HVAC system is a major investment, and when it’s working well, employees and visitors to your offices won’t spare it a thought. However, once it begins breaking down, things can get a little uncomfortable. The average lifespan of an HVAC system ranges between 10 and 25 years. Some equipment, such as large roof top units and chillers, may labor on for 30 to 35 years. But, once parts wear out, your energy efficiency will suffer. You should also weigh the cost of making continuous small fixes with the cost of replacing the whole assembly. If your HVAC equipment is still young, repairing it makes more sense than replacing it, as commercial equipment is pricey. Also, there are things we can do to help lengthen the life expectancy of your equipment, including:
- Maintaining It Properly: We’ll inspect your system regularly to help spot issues before they become costly repairs.
- Reacting Quickly: When something goes wrong, we’ll come ASAP. Deferring repairs can lead to bigger, more expensive issues.
- Using it Correctly: We’ll provide tips and hints on how to avoid overstressing your HVAC system, such as not running it as much while the building isn’t occupied or placing air curtains to keep conditioned air from escaping the building.
Repairing Your Commercial HVAC Equipment Vs. Replacing It
Obviously, if your HVAC system is less than 10 years old, it makes more sense to repair it than it does to replace it. However, consistent repairs and the simple inconvenience of a system that breaks down often may make replacement the better decision.
To determine which option makes the most sense, follow these guidelines:
- Cost of Replacement: Some businesses have HVAC equipment similar to residential equipment that can be almost as expensive to repair as replace after the ten year mark. Other equipment can cost more than a CEO salary and can be wisely repaired for 30+ years. It’s good to understand the type of equipment in your building so you can make informed decisions about repair vs. replacement.
- System Configuration: If you inherited commercial HVAC equipment in an older building that has been trouble since day one, it’s worth getting a professional out to assess whether the equipment is right for the building or if there are more efficient options more suited to your needs.
- If Repairs Are Constant: If you’re calling us regularly, it could be more cost efficient to start over with a new system or at least replace the troublesome component.
Though the cost of replacement may be substantial, allowing an ailing system to chug along after its prime or trying to salvage equipment that doesn’t serve the building well is ill-advised. Not only will it nickel-and-dime you to death, but it may be unhealthy for your building’s occupants, too.
Checking the Health of Your Commercial HVAC System
If you’re undecided on what to do, North East Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing can help you by taking a look at your HVAC System. Checking refrigerant pressures under different loads can tell you a lot about the health of the compressor(s), which is the heart of an HVAC system. Once that is completed, we’ll look at Amp draw, pulleys and belts, and condition of the coils to have a better understanding on the overall health of your HVAC system.
Deciding What’s Best For Your System
There’s no denying that footing the cost for a new commercial HVAC system is daunting. This is why so many business owners get caught up in paying repeatedly for costly repairs. You can help avoid a system replacement by performing regular maintenance and having filters changed regularly. These measures can prolong the life of very expensive equipment.
There’s no shame in patching your system time and time again if that’s what you can afford to do, and we’re happy to help. Regardless of whether you’re a diehard fan of fixing things when they break down, or you’d rather start over again fresh, North East Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing is ready to help. We’ll inspect and maintain your current commercial HVAC system for as long as you need us to. And if the time comes that you’re ready to start shopping for something new, we’ll help you there, as well. Call North East Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today for help with all your small business, heating and cooling needs in and around San Antonio.