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How to Tell if You Need to Replace Your Commercial Air Conditioner

rooftop-fan-unitCommercial air conditioners are just as susceptible to wear and tear as any other system. You can prolong the system’s life with maintenance and prompt repairs, but it won’t last indefinitely. Sooner or later, you’re going to need to replace it. You’re going to want to replace the system before it breaks down permanently, if for no other reason than to limit the time you have without an air conditioner. Have a look at the following warning signs that you should probably replace your building’s commercial air conditioner sooner, rather than later.

Steadily Rising Operating Costs

Your climate control is naturally going to cost more the more you use the system from month to month. However, you should take note if the system’s operating costs seem to be rising independently of how much it’s used. If that is happening, it could mean that your commercial AC is on its last legs. Years of use causes wear and tear to build up on the system, reducing its efficiency in the process, and forcing it to operate for ever-increasing periods of time to compensate. Have a professional examine your system if you notice it doing this.

Constant Repair Issues

It’s not unusual to need to repair your commercial air conditioner every once in a while. However, you should only need to repair your system once every few years or so. Older systems have more wear and tear on them, though, making them more prone to various parts breaking down. As a system nears the end of its life, it will need repairs more and more often. If you need to repair your commercial air conditioner multiple times a year, it might be a good idea to replace it. If you continue spending money on repairing the current commercial air conditioner, you are essentially just replacing the system one piece at a time. It’s far more cost effective in the long run to just install a new system.

Old Age

Commercial air conditioners have an average lifespan of 10-15 years. That will vary based on individual circumstances, of course, but likely not more than a couple of years in either direction. If you’ve had your commercial air conditioning system for longer than a decade or so, it’s not a bad idea to consult with a professional about whether or not you should replace it now.

As a commercial air conditioner gets older, it will become less and less cost-effective to run. This is usually because of issues like those we’ve covered above. The upkeep costs associated with keeping an old commercial air conditioner up and running far outweigh the benefits of doing so. Do your budget a favor, and install a new commercial air conditioner once your current one gets too old.

Magnolia Commercial Plumbing Heating Cooling provides a full range of commercial air conditioning installation services in Arlington, VA. If you need to have a new commercial AC installed, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that your building gets the perfect commercial air conditioning system for its needs.

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