After a long, hot summer, the cool fall weather is a welcome relief. Air conditioners become less important and there’s no real need for a heater yet. Even so, New Yorkers know that this brief period of comfort is just a precursor for the brutal cold of winter. If you’re a commercial property owner or manager, this is the time to make sure your commercial HVAC system gets the attention it needs. That may mean a simple tune-up and minor repairs, but it could also mean replacing the unit with a new one. Here are some signs that you should replace your commercial HVAC unit instead of repairing it.

It’s More Than 10 Years Old

On average, a commercial HVAC unit has a useful life of around 15 to 20 years if the unit has been regularly maintained and repaired. This depends, of course, on how hard the unit has to work and how often it’s used. The components of an overly worked HVAC system will wear out faster than those in a seldom-used unit. Most HVAC professionals recommend that you replace a commercial HVAC system if it is more than 10 years old.

Your Energy Bills Keep Increasing

You expect to see fairly large utility bills for your commercial properties, it’s just part of the game. If your monthly energy costs are higher than they were in the same month of previous years, it’s a sign that the HVAC system needs to be replaced. A new, energy-efficient HVAC system will significantly reduce your energy use and get your utility bills back to a more comfortable level.

Your HVAC Unit Is Acting Weird

Under normal circumstances, your commercial HVAC system works quietly behind the scenes to keep the building comfortable. If it starts to make odd noises like bangs, clangs, and squeals, it’s a sign the unit is beginning to fail. Likewise, if unusual odors start to waft around when the unit’s running, there’s a problem. It’s likely the unit has reached the end of its life and that it’s time to get a new commercial HVAC unit installed.

If you recognize any of these symptoms with your commercial HVAC system, contact us at Air Ideal. Our highly trained, factory certified technicians are experts at commercial HVAC installation and they’re the best in the business. We’re not a fly-by-night company, we’ve been around for nearly 100 years which makes us one of the oldest commercial HVAC companies in the New York Metro and Western Long Island areas. We don’t just do HVAC installation, we also offer repair services, and we also design HVAC systems for commercial properties of all types.