The Ultimate HVAC Guide for Your Business: Maintenance and Replacements (Part 1)
If you are reading this blog, then I suspect that you need some heating or air conditioning service. Or, you are doing research on the topic because your staff or tenants are voicing concerns about their comfort level.
As a business owner, I’m sure you have questions and are wondering where you can look or whom you can trust for answers. As an experienced HVAC contractor, with over 50 years of experience, we will share with you some key tips for maintaining and replacing your business’ HVAC equipment.
Maintaining your heating and cooling system is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your system is working properly and efficiently. Being proactive about maintenance will help you avoid unexpected breakdowns and keeps your doors open. Remember, maintenance cost is an investment, not an expense. Think of your HVAC as your car. You wouldn’t forgo oil changes, tire rotations, or inspections would you? It’s the same concept when it comes to your heating and cooling systems.
To make sure that your system is properly preserved, you should work with a professional contracting company that can set up a planned maintenance schedule that fits both your budget and equipment needs.
Your contractor should be following industry-recognized standards developed by ACCA and ASHRAE for inspecting and maintaining commercial building HVAC equipment.
While maintenance is critical in keeping your system running, eventually you will have to replace your heating and cooling systems. When that time comes, if you’ve been having your system checked, you will most likely have a relationship with the trusted contractor to make replacements an easier process.
As you can imagine, replacing HVAC systems in a commercial building can be quite expensive. To avoid surprises, it’s a good idea to work with your contractor to create a capital plan. This way, you can create a budget over the long-term to steer clear of any unforeseen expenses. Before developing the plan with you, your contractor should inspect your system thoroughly and take into account:
1.) The age of your system
2.) The general condition of your equipment
3.) Any previous repairs your system has had
4.) How well the HVAC system has been maintained.
Once they have all this information, many contractors will develop a plan for the next 3-5 years that includes: planned maintenance and possible replacements, any government or utility incentive programs that will decrease your cost when it comes time to replace your HVAC system. When you work with your contractor to come up with a strong capital plan, and couple it with a comprehensive maintenance program, you reduce the chances of surprise system failure or total breakdown.