Commercial HVAC systems are similar to home heating systems in many ways. They include a lot of the same parts, they serve the same purpose, and they’re just as annoying to deal with when they break. The only real differences between them are that commercial HVAC systems are quite a bit larger, and they have more of an impact when they break down. Even with the best possible maintenance, however, it will eventually become necessary to replace your system with a new commercial HVAC installation. Let’s examine some of the signs that it’s time to replace your commercial HVAC system.
Escalation in Repairs
Though there will always be the odd repair need that crops up every once in a while, when a commercial heating system gets old enough the frequency of repairs will increase. This is because the various parts of the system will start to wear down from prolonged use. Each part wears out at a slightly different rate, which eventually results in several parts breaking in rapid succession. You can keep replacing these broken parts, but eventually you will have simply replaced the entire system one part at a time. As this is much more expensive than simply installing a new system, it’s usually a good idea to replace your old commercial unit when it starts breaking down more often.
Increase in Operating Cost
The same wear and tear that eventually causes cascading part breakage also contributes to decreasing the system’s efficiency. As the parts wear down, they slowly lose the ability to provide the same output that they did when they were new. This leads to the system working longer and longer to achieve the same results, which results in higher operating costs. Again, you could try to keep replacing parts until the efficiency improves, but it will never get back to the level it was at when the system was younger.