Regular preventative maintenance and service can significantly extend the life of your commercial HVAC equipment, but eventually, all commercial HVAC systems will need to be replaced.
How do you know when it’s time to replace your commercial HVAC equipment?
Here are 7 signs your commercial HVAC system is in need of replacement.
1. Utility Bills are Rising Unexpectedly
If your utility bills increase an abnormal amount, that’s a sign your HVAC system is running inefficiently. If this is a chronic occurrence, chances are your HVAC equipment will need to be replaced with newer, more efficient systems.
2. Heating or Cooling has Become Uneven
If your commercial space is experiencing unexplained swings in temperature, or if different parts of the space have different temperature complaints, your HVAC equipment isn’t working right. If the usual maintenance and service isn’t fixing the issue, the equipment may be beyond repair and need replacement.
3. Unusual Noises
There’s definitely something amiss if your HVAC is making grinding or squealing noises. Address these noises immediately as this is a sign that equipment is failing and could soon break down. Depending on the source of the issue, typical maintenance may not be enough to fix the problem.
4. Unusual Odors
Unusual odors coming from your HVAC system are a serious sign of trouble and should not be ignored. In this situation, indoor air quality may be compromised, putting everyone in the building at risk of airborne disease. Unusual odors indicate at least a partial system failure and will almost certainly require equipment replacement.
5. Equipment is Reaching the End of Its Expected Lifespan
If your HVAC equipment is reaching the end of its lifespan, even if you’re not experiencing any significant trouble, it’s not a bad idea to consider replacement before something costly does occur. If you are experiencing trouble with old equipment, regular maintenance is less likely to solve the issue.
6. Energy is Being Lost Through the Exhaust
There will necessarily be some energy loss through HVAC exhaust, but if this has become a chronic problem in utility costs, replacement may be a wise choice. New HVAC equipment can reduce this energy loss by 50 – 80% and provide you with a return on investment over time.
7. Visible Signs of Malfunction
If you spot excessive moisture on walls and windows, or rust on pipes and appliances, your HVAC system is not doing its job. If the problem is serious, HVAC equipment will likely need replaced.
Replacing commercial HVAC equipment before it fails entirely can save you time and money. All commercial HVAC systems will need to be replaced at some point, so keep an eye on yours before a costly failure happens.
If you think your commercial HVAC system needs replaced, Donnelly Mechanical is NYC’s premier provider of commercial HVAC equipment replacement and installation.