What is the standard life expectancy of an HVAC system?

September 26th, 2019 by

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Commercial HVAC systems work hard to maintain temperature control in business and industrial premises, sometimes functioning constantly. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. In NSW, we experience weather of both extremes. The heat can be scorching, and the winter can be quite chilling too.

A reliable commercial HVAC system is a must, no matter what industry you’re operating in. HVAC engineering and solutions may be a necessity, though they are a significant investment for your business. Because of this, it’s understanding that life expectancy is a major concern. Typically, a good quality, well-maintained commercial HVAC system will last at least15-20 years. Factors that will determine actual longevity include:

  • Sizing of the unit in relation to the ductwork
  • Sizing of the air conditioning system in relation to building square meterage
  • Frequency of servicing, maintenance and changing of the filters
  • Outdoor climate, weather conditions and intensity, and the occurrence of any major weather events
  • Quality of engineering and installation
  • Intensity of thermostat settings

When your commercial HVAC system approaches the end of its life, you may start noticing some warning signs. Once they start appearing, it’s important to call in professional help sooner rather than later. A qualified service technician can help you determine whether the malfunctions are repairable, or whether you will need to consider replacement. Signs to look out for include:

  • Production hot or cold air inconsistent with your designated temperature settings
  • Diminished airflow
  • Strange odours or noises
  • Leaking or excessive moisture
  • Short cycling or switching off too soon
  • Drastic increase in energy bills and consumption
  • Frequently requiring repairs

Whilst no system can be manufactured to last forever, most HVAC units are made to endure climate, regular usage and the passage of a decent amount of time. You can get the most out of your system through proper care and maintenance. Ensure your system is serviced regularly, and call for help at the first sign of trouble.

If you’d like to know more about HVAC systems, including further information on their life expectancy, please feel free to call our expert team at Equilibrium Air Conditioning on (02) 9439 4822.

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