Most commercial HVAC systems last 15 to 20 years. That covers air conditioners and electric heaters. Boilers last up to 30. Furnaces usually make it around 18. However, depending on what it is and how you treat it, that number can be much higher or as low as five years.
That’s something you need to account for ahead of time. And, knowing when that will happen makes a huge difference.
At Bovio, we’ve been repairing and replacing commercial systems in South Jersey for more than 40 years. That’s everything from rooftop air conditioners for small businesses in Sicklerville and Deptford to office parks in Cherry Hill and Cinnaminson.
We’ve seen it all. And, we’re here to tell you about it.
Signs your commercial HVAC needs to be replaced
- It’s over 15 years old
- You’ve needed more repairs than before
- Your energy bills are higher than last year
- The building isn’t warm or cool enough
The first sign is a general one. As your system gets older, you’ll want to keep a closer eye on it. You may want to have it serviced more often, even if it’s running okay.
Now, if you’re calling us out more often because something’s wrong, that’s a red flag. Any system will start breaking down more often when it’s nearing the end of its life. After a while, it’s just not going to work as well anymore.
Even when it’s still working, it may not be doing the job correctly. You can watch for a few telltale signs.
First, check your energy bills. Are you using more power than the same time last year to heat or cool the building? An old system may be to blame.
As it gets older, it won’t work as well as it used to. Going back to the car example: that sedan you’ve had for years doesn’t get as good gas mileage as it did when it was new. Same for your heater or AC. It needs more power to do the job.
Next, you may also notice weaker climate control even when your bills are climbing. That’s a sign the system is struggling to maintain the temperature you want.
If you’re noticing these signs, and you’ve had the heater or AC more than 15 years, be ready to get a new one. And, you’ll want to do that sooner than later.
Replace your heating and cooling system before it breaks down.
This is a tough pill for some people to swallow. But, it’s true: You want to replace your heating and cooling system before it breaks down for good. It will save you money in the long run.
Sure, you want to get the most out of your heater or AC. But, in the end, you’re not getting the best from it. And, you may put yourself in a bad situation.
We talked about those warning signs. They included higher energy bills and lousy heat and cooling. Well, why pay extra each month for a system that’s not doing the job?
You’re better off getting a new system at that point. After all, the technology keeps improving. The models out today will use less energy than your old one at its peak. That’s especially so if it’s made it close to two decades.
And, it’s a devil-you-know situation. If you plan to replace your heater at a certain time, you know it’s coming. You’ve accounted for it in your budget. And, you can schedule it for a time that’s not disruptive to your business or clients.
But, that’s not what happens when you run your unit till the wheels fall off. At that point, you’re taking a total gamble on when it’s happening.
You could walk in one morning in February to a freezing cold building. Then you’re paying extra for priority service to get it up and running as fast as possible.
After that, you’re looking at the headache of rushing around coordinating a replacement. And, making sure you have the funds ready for it.
Once you see those warning signs, call a professional. We can give you a much better idea of how much life the system has left. That way, you can make a seamless transition from your old energy-guzzling machine to a newer, more efficient model.
Is it almost time to replace your commercial HVAC unit? Contact us, and we’ll help you get the most from your business’ old – and new – heating and cooling system.