When Should You Repair or Replace Your Commercial HVAC Unit?

When Should You Repair or Replace Your Commercial HVAC Unit?

HVAC systems have a way of misbehaving when we need them most, often during heat waves and cold snaps. Keeping a consistent temperature in a workspace does more than help your employees’ comfort; it improves productivity and keeps your business working smoothly.

The best way to avoid an emergency is with regular maintenance services. Staying on top of the maintenance of your commercial HVAC unit is vital in preventing unexpected and costly repairs or replacements.

What Is Done During Commercial HVAC Maintenance?

Routine HVAC maintenance is essential to keeping your system running at its highest efficiency for as long as possible. When our technicians perform regular maintenance, they inspect your HVAC system from top to bottom. Here’s a short sample of what our maintenance services include:

  • Cleaning the outdoor condenser coils and removing debris from units.
  • Checking the electrical components of the system – motors, capacitors, relays, and more.
  • Checking the thermostats in different parts of your building to ensure even air conditioning.
  • Checking HEPA filters and CO2 levels to ensure air quality and safety, replacing filters where needed.

Once the routine maintenance is complete, our technicians will provide you with a report and recommendations for any actions moving forward. 

How Often Should HVAC Be Serviced?

Your HVAC systems should be checked by professionals at least once a year. However, any systems that run year-round (like heat pumps) should have a checkup every six months. Larger facilities benefit from twice a year maintenance – once before heating season and once before routine air conditioning begins. Replacing filters should occur every 90 days.

Does HVAC Maintenance Take Long?

Our expert technicians perform inspections and routine maintenance, so there’s minimal disruption to your business. Small businesses can take as little as 1-2 hours… but more expansive facilities can require full-day maintenance. 

How Long Does an HVAC System Last?

The question often comes up of whether it is better to replace or repair a broken HVAC unit. Determining whether you should repair or replace a unit is decided through what components malfunctioned, how old the unit is, what deals or incentives a new unit is offered with, and what caused the issue in the first place.

The average life before frequent repairs appear is about 10 – 15 years. If your unit is more than ten years old, it may be a better option to replace rather than repair, especially since newer systems are far more efficient. With the constant stress and strain on air conditioning units during the summer and heating during the winter, parts will continue to degrade and worsen over time. Replacing components repeatedly will add up quickly on older units, and you will begin to fall behind with your HVACs efficiency.

HVAC efficiency has vastly increased in recent years − a new system costs up to 50% less to operate than a 10-year-old unit. In addition to the efficiency savings, most new HVAC units come with a 10-year part warranty which will keep you covered for years to come.

Henick-Lane is Here for You

Henick-Lane’s highly experienced team of certified contractors and technicians are ready 24/7, 365 days a year, to maintain the HVAC for your sites and buildings. Don’t take chances with your business. Contact us today to get started on a commercial HVAC maintenance plan that works for you.