What’s the Life Span of a Commercial HVAC?

Sep 14, 2022 | HVAC Maintenance

male commercial hvac technician assembling hvac unit in warehouseCommercial HVAC systems are a critical part of any business. They keep your employees comfortable and your operations running smoothly. In a commercial HVAC system, heating and cooling mechanisms eventually succumb to wear and tear. Each intricate piece plays a part in regards to the HVAC system’s life expectancy.

So what can you do to keep a commercial HVAC system running more efficiently for longer? And what’s the average lifespan of a typical HVAC unit? We’ll go over that information in this blog.

What Are Some Factors That Add Stress To Your Commercial HVAC?

Commercial HVAC equipment should always be installed by a licensed, qualified commercial heating and cooling professional such as Shriver Mechanical. By doing so, you’re already increasing the lifespan of the HVAC system. Errors in installation can create system errors or flaws that can increase the degradation to the system and cause the unit to operate at lower-efficiency levels.

Some additional factors that can decrease the lifespan of your unit include:

  • Dirty Filters: One of the most important things you can do to prolong the life of your commercial HVAC is to regularly replace dirty filters. Preventing dirt and buildup will allow the internal parts to function properly over a longer period of time.
  • Leaky Ducts: Leaky ducts can cause your HVAC system to work harder than necessary to heat or cool your space. Be sure to have any leaks repaired as soon as possible.
  • Improperly Sized Unit: If your commercial HVAC unit is too small or too large for the space it’s trying to heat or cool, it will have to work harder than necessary to do its job. Be sure to consult with a qualified technician to ensure you have the right-sized unit for your space.

What’s the Average Lifespan of a Commercial HVAC?

Regardless of how well you maintain your equipment, whether this is your car, refrigerator, or HVAC system, they’ll eventually reach the end of their lifespan. Commercial HVAC systems typically have a lifespan of 15-20 years. However, just like your body with regular system maintenance and proper care, you can extend the life of your HVAC to last even longer.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your commercial HVAC running efficiently for years to come:

  • Get regular tune-ups and cleanings: This is one of the most important things you can do to prolong the life of your HVAC system. Be sure to schedule tune-ups and cleanings at least once a year with a qualified technician.
  • Replace filters regularly: This is a simple (but often overlooked) task that can make a big difference in the efficiency of your HVAC system. Be sure to check and replace your filters every few months.
  • Monitor humidity levels: High humidity levels can lead to problems with your HVAC system, so it’s important to monitor them regularly. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed to keep the level within the ideal range.

If you’re concerned your commercial HVAC unit is reaching its life expectancy and a replacement is near, Shriver Mechanical is here to help! We offer expert installation of commercial heating and cooling equipment for buildings throughout the Atlanta Metro area. Contact us today to request a quote for commercial HVAC installation.