Is your aging commercial HVAC system finding it challenging to maintain indoor comfort? As the temperatures change, your HVAC system may face increased stress, and must put in extra effort to maintain a comfortable environment for those inside. This can lead to your HVAC system running non-stop to meet the demands, subjecting it to daily wear and tear that can significantly burden aging equipment.
There are several signs that an older HVAC system is struggling to maintain comfort levels and may need to be replaced.
Increasing Energy Bills
HVAC systems lose efficiency as they age. In addition, equipment that has not been properly maintained will struggle to function at optimal levels. Systems may have to run longer to maintain indoor comfort levels, which typically increases monthly utility bills.
Frequency of Repairs
Expensive repairs that occur regularly may indicate the system or its major components are nearing the end of life. It may become difficult to find replacement parts for older equipment. A major benefit of the new high efficiency systems is that they cost less to run and have a smaller environmental impact. The energy savings over time for a new system could help offset the replacement cost.
Complaints from Tenants and Occupants
Complaints from building occupants increase when the HVAC system is not maintaining a comfortable temperature. Unexpected and prolonged downtimes from equipment failures make it difficult for employees to work productively. Poor indoor air quality from aging ventilation equipment often contributes to employee wellness, particularly for those suffering from asthma or allergies. New systems with improved ventilation provide better indoor air quality, which helps maintain a suitable environment.
Lack of Preventative Maintenance
The average lifespan of commercial HVAC systems can range from 10-20 years. Preventative maintenance maximizes the life of the system. Your HVAC service should include checking evaporator and condenser coils, fan and blower motors, inspecting electrical connections, lubricating moving parts, cleaning drain lines and pans, and checking the refrigerant.
Many companies do not have in-house personnel with the expertise to perform comprehensive HVAC maintenance. That is a job best left to a professional HVAC contractor.
McKenney’s helps customers proactively manage their commercial HVAC systems to enhance performance, minimize downtime, and reduce operating expenses. When it’s time for an upgrade, McKenney’s can replace existing mechanical systems or major components. Our teams can replace outdated chillers, air handlers, central fans, coils, cooling towers, and SWUDs to enable systems to run at optimal performance levels. Contact us today to schedule service.