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Repairing vs. Replacing: Top 4 Things to Consider for a Commercial HVAC System

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With summer around the corner, it’s time for facility managers to start considering their current commercial HVAC system.

The summer heat brings more use and strain on air conditioning systems. While it’s not uncommon to have occasional problems, you’ll want to ensure that your building’s HVAC system is in top shape for those warmer temperatures.


Repairing vs. Replacing the Commercial HVAC System

Here’s the big question: How do you know if you should replace or repair your commercial HVAC system? At Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air, we have over 100 years of experience, and we’ve learned what to look for when making this decision. By considering these four elements, you can determine which option is best for your facility more accurately.


1. Frequency of HVAC Malfunctions 

Perhaps one of the most obvious signs of needing a complete replacement is frequent, repeated breakdowns and failures of your commercial HVAC system. If you continually have to call a trusted commercial HVAC service professional to diagnose and correct multiple problems, then your HVAC may be beyond repair. Additionally, these repairs’ costs can add up quickly, making a poor investment if the HVAC unit has become unreliable. 

2. Lifespan of the Commercial HVAC Unit

Another factor to consider is the age of your commercial HVAC system. On average, a commercial HVAC system has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, depending on how well it has been maintained. There is no designated time for a replacement. However, it’s essential to keep in mind your HVAC unit’s age when considering further repairs. Additionally, keep track of service history. Then, you and a local
commercial HVAC service professional can make informed, accurate decisions about whether it’s time to replace the unit. 


3. HVAC Efficiency and Energy Costs

Acknowledging the HVAC unit’s age will also help you evaluate the HVAC system’s capabilities and performance. It’s common for HVAC units to lose efficiency over time. However, with decreased efficiency comes higher utility costs. If your commercial HVAC system is having to work harder to cool off your facility, then it may be time to consider replacing the HVAC. With the help of a Dixie service professional, you will see how effectively your HVAC operates and then evaluate what options you have to increase the performance.


4. New Commercial HVAC Technologies  

Finally, you must keep up to date with the latest trends and technologies for your facilities. With an increase in environmental awareness and sustainability, new technologies are continually arising. You can incorporate these advanced technologies into your facility to have more eco-friendly procedures. Often, adding new technology comes with a higher upfront price that provides cost-saving operations for years to come.

From exploring technology to simple HVAC inspections, it’s best to partner with a commercial maintenance provider that you can trust. Not only does your commercial HVAC system impact your building, but your employees’ productivity, comfort, and health. Speaking with a service professional with industry knowledge and experience can help you to make the best decision for your commercial HVAC system and beyond. 

Call Dixie, and it’s done! 

To schedule a service with Dixie, call 334.328.3570 for Montgomery or 334.246.4914 for Auburn. You can also schedule an appointment online.