For any business on a strict budget, deciding whether to make repairs to an existing commercial A/C system or replace it entirely with a newer and better performing system can be tough. No matter which decision you make for your business, there are plenty of factors that could ultimately affect your bottom line in the long run.
1. Equipment Longevity
The average commercial A/C system can last for decades with the right level of care and service. However, keeping your equipment for that long could be a game of diminishing returns. Constant repairs intended to stretch out your A/C system's lifespan could become a much larger portion of your business's maintenance expenses over time.
The average rooftop A/C unit offers up to 15 years of reliable service before a replacement is needed. If your commercial A/C system has been in place for over 10 years, then it's time to seriously weigh the benefits between repairs and replacement.
2. Operational Issues
How you operate your commercial A/C system can also have a sizable impact on your decision to replace or repair your equipment. Issues such as deferred maintenance and use of improper thermostat set points can push your equipment harder and accelerate overall wear and tear, making a replacement more viable than repairs.
Changes in building load can also affect commercial A/C performance, resulting in a system that fails to provide expected levels of comfort. Any changes in building load should also come with a reassessment of your building's cooling needs and the equipment needed to maintain optimal comfort.
If your building uses oversized A/C equipment or the A/C system itself lacks advanced features that could improve overall performance and efficiency, then a replacement may be a more sensible option.
3. Cost Effectiveness
Spending money on repairs may be cost-effective for A/C systems that are less than 10 years old and in relatively good health, but older systems may not benefit as effectively. When you combine the parts and labor costs of repairing older A/C equipment with gradual increases in energy consumption over time, the decision to replace rather than repair your commercial A/C equipment becomes more attractive for your bottom line.
Instead of waiting for your existing commercial A/C units to break down, create a proactive plan for replacing your equipment ahead of time. Taking this proactive approach reduces labor costs while creating a consistent operating environment that delivers optimal efficiency and comfort. Click here to learn more about commercial air conditioning.