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Repair vs. Replace Commercial HVAC System

If you’ve noticed recently that your commercial HVAC system isn’t working like it used to, you might want to consider replacing it and upgrading. While frequent repairs can extend the life of a commercial HVAC system, it can’t always save it. So, how do you know what to do? Repair or replace? Well, there are a few factors that will determine its current state including your HVAC’s age, your home’s air quality, and if there are random technical issues.

Let’s take a look at common HVAC issues to give you a better idea of whether you should repair or replace your commercial HVAC system.

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How Old is an ‘Old’ Commercial HVAC System?

The first thing to check is your HVAC system’s age. An average HVAC system should last around 12 to 15 years, so if you notice you’re at the tail end of those years, replacing the system might be best.

Here are a few other things to look out for with older HVAC systems.

  • Uneven Temperatures: Check your vents for uneven airflow. This could mean a few things including a failing blowing motor, a dirty coil, or issues with your duct work.
  • Utility Costs: Stay on top of your energy bills each year. A higher than normal energy bill is often the first thing people notice when their HVAC needs tending to. Replacing an older HVAC will save you money in the future by decreasing energy bills.
  • Environmental Impact: Having an older HVAC system does affect the environment due to the fact that 50% of a home’s energy use originates from heating and cooling systems according to the EPA and DOE.

Is Your Commercial HVAC System Affecting Indoor Air Quality?

Before repairing or replacing your HVAC system, have a professional HVAC technician assess your home’s current air quality. This will provide you with further insight into how your current HVAC system is operating.

  • Humidity: If you notice that your home’s air is too dry in the winter and too humid in the summer, this might be a sign of poor equipment or leaky ductwork.
  • Dust Build-up: Check for leaky ducts that may be pulling particles and distributing them around your house. These particles will typically come from smaller areas of the house like attics, crawl spaces, and basements that collect a lot of dust.
  • Health Effects: An HVAC system that isn’t performing properly can have detrimental impacts on your health due to issues like mildew growth and mold.

Does Your HVAC System Require a Lot of Attention?

If you notice that you’re putting a lot of time and money into your current HVAC system, it might be time to consider replacing it.

Here are a few other things to note if you’re considering replacing your current HVAC system.

  • Frequent Repairs: A normal HVAC system will require repairs from time-to-time, but if you’re noticing that repairs are becoming more frequent and expensive, it might be time for an upgrade.
  • Excess Noise: Excessive noise from your HVAC system might indicate issues such as bad fan motor bearings, a build-up of debris, or a problem with the system compressor.
  • Random Shut-offs: Random shut-ons and shut-offs can indicate an issue with your HVAC system trying to regulate itself. This could lead to high energy bills and poor humidity control.

Cost of Commercial HVAC Repair vs. Replacement

There are a number of factors that determine the cost of replacing or repairing an HVAC system and is often a primary concern for people in the decision-making process. If, however, you notice that repairs are becoming increasingly more expensive over time, it will be worth it to invest in a new model in order to decrease your monthly and annual expenses.

Speak to a professional HVAC service company about your HVAC issues in order to discern which option is best for your budget.
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