Top Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Commercial HVAC Equipment

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If you own a commercial business, chances are, you have commercial HVAC equipment on the premises. You need this heavy-duty system to ensure your facility remains warm in winter and cool in summer. While preventative maintenance and regular service can extend the life of your equipment, at some point, you will need to replace or repair the unit.

It can be difficult to know if you need a replacement of the whole unit or if a simple repair will do. Sometimes, when you have had repeated repairs of the same component, or when the system has reached the end of its useful life, it just makes sense to replace it. Here are some top signs that you should consider replacing your commercial HVAC equipment.

1.  Your Utility Bills Are Going Up Unexpectedly

Do your utility bills seem much higher than usual? Have you ruled out other causes? Well, then, this could be a sign that your commercial HVAC system is no longer running efficiently. If this is an ongoing or consistent happening, you will have to face replacing your HVAC equipment and upgrading to a newer, more efficient system.

2.     You Experience Uneven or Inconsistent Heating or Cooling

Does your commercial space have unexplained temperature swings? Do different areas or rooms have noticeably different temperatures? Your HVAC equipment could be to blame. In order to return to consistent heating and cooling, you may need an upgrade or replacement. Book a maintenance or inspection call with your trusted HVAC technician to rule out other causes first.

3.  You’re Hearing Weird Noises

Is your HVAC system making grinding or squealing noises? Every system has its unique noises, hums and hisses. But when you notice more frequent, loud and unusual noises coming from your system, your equipment is likely failing and will fully break down in the near future. Traditional maintenance or repair may not be able to fix this issue. Replacement may be the only solution. Again, an appointment with an HVAC technician will let you know for sure.

4.  You Smell Unusual Odors

Are unusual odors emitting from your HVAC system? This is a sign of serious trouble, so don’t let it go and ignore it. That’s because your indoor air quality could be at risk, making everyone who occupies the building vulnerable to airborne disease. Unusual odors can point to at least a partial system failure, which will entail equipment replacement.

5.  Your System is Reaching the End of Its Expected Lifespan

Is your HVAC equipment approaching the end of its projected lifespan? If the unit is simply old and you have been making more frequent repairs, it’s probably time to replace it now before more complex problems crop up, leading to an expensive repair, untimely replacement and loss of productivity for your business. Planning for scheduled downtime and replacement now can prevent being surprised out of the blue by a major issue later. If you’re not sure what the lifespan of your system is, your HVAC technician can take a look at it and let you know.

6.  You’re Losing Energy Through the Exhaust

Some energy loss through HVAC exhaust is a common occurrence and can be expected. However, if your utility costs are skyrocketing with no other explanation, replacement at this juncture would be wise. New HVAC equipment can reduce energy loss by between 50 and 80 percent and give you a high ROI (return on investment) over time.

7.  You See Signs of Malfunction

When you can actually see visible signs that your unit is malfunctioning, this is a good reason to consider replacement. Maybe you’re seeing an excess of moisture on the walls or windows, or maybe you’re spotting rust on your pipes and appliances. Whatever the case, your HVAC system is failing to do its job correctly. Sometimes repair could provide a solution, but most times, replacing the commercial HVAC equipment is the more realistic option.

As we said above, all commercial HVAC systems will have to be replaced at some time. That’s life. This is why it’s important to be on the lookout for the above signs before a costly failure happens!

Contact Cold Factor Heating and Air Services

If you have been having issues with your commercial HVAC equipment, contact us at 469-812-5073 or request an appointment online. Our technicians would be happy to visit your place of business, troubleshoot the issue, and provide an affordable solution.