If your HVAC system has been experiencing problems lately, you may be wondering whether you should repair or replace it. You might think your system can last just a little longer before you replace it, but that might not be a cost-effective choice. You should take several factors into account when you weigh the decision to repair or replace.
Repair vs. Replacement Factors to Consider
Age of Your System
Commercial HVAC systems often last 15 to 25 years. If your system is closer to 25 years old, you should definitely consider replacement. If your system is closer to 15 years old, you might consider retrofitting your system with upgrades that can improve its energy savings, lifespan, and air quality.
If you have an older system, you should consider whether the technology it uses is outdated. For instance, you may have a system that runs on R-22 refrigerant. R-22 has been phased out in recent years, so that refrigerant is becoming harder to find and more expensive to buy. If the refrigerant or any other system parts have been phased out like R-22, you should consider replacing or retrofitting your HVAC equipment because the repairs for those parts will become more costly as time passes.
Cost of Repairs
When it comes to commercial HVAC repair, you should weigh their costs against the cost of a system replacement. Here’s a good rule of thumb: When the costs of repairing a system or an appliance add up to more than 50% of the cost of a new system or appliance, it’s time for a replacement. Why? Because that’s when the repair costs are no longer cost-effective for your
Tax Credits and Utility Rebates
If you upgrade to a new system, you can receive tax credits and utility rebates on high-efficiency systems. This encourages businesses to switch over to energy-efficient systems with positive environmental impacts. While these factors are not as critical as the three listed above, they are still worth considering.
Size and Capacity of Your System
Is your system the right size for your building? Does it carry the right amount of air throughout the building? If you are considering commercial HVAC replacement, you should make sure the type of HVAC system you choose is the right fit for your building. If the system is too small, it will not properly heat, cool, and ventilate your building. Choosing a system that’s too big, however, can shorten the system’s life expectancy. Consult with a professional HVAC services company to determine which system size, capacity, and type is appropriate for your building.
Commercial HVAC Services for Your Building’s Needs
At Service Unlimited Inc., we have been providing HVAC services since 1962. Since then, we have grown to expand our fleet and our staff. Because of this, we believe we can deliver the commercial HVAC installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement services your Delaware-based business deserves. If you’re interested in any of our services, contact us today.