Commercial AC Replacement Services for the Lake Norman Metro Area
Despite the most diligent and rigorous maintenance protocols, there comes a point where your system simply cannot be maintained cost-effectively anymore. There are a number of reasons for this which we’ll discuss in more detail below, but when it’s time to look at commercial AC replacement options, Peace Heating And Air Conditioning has you covered with a range of commercial HVAC options to suit your business without blowing your operating budget!
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How to Tell It’s Time for Commercial Air Conditioner Replacement
Here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether you need repair or replacement:
System Age: If your system is more than 10 years old, the EPA’s EnergyStar Program recommends replacing it.
50%: If your commercial AC unit needs repair on a frequent or ongoing basis, or the total costs of repair add up to 50% or more of the purchase price of the system, you may actually save money in the long run by replacing the old one with a newer model. Your Peace Heating And Air Conditioning HVAC technician can evaluate your system and give you the information you need to decide if it makes more sense to continue to repair your existing commercial air conditioning unit or simply replace it.
Comfort – Uneven temperatures, high inside air humidity, mold or mildew colonies, ongoing air quality problems and respiratory issues are all signs your current AC may not be cutting the mustard. If repairs haven’t mitigated the problem, and no other issues can account for all the problems, it’s time to consider commercial air conditioner replacement.
Excessive Noise or Vibration: An aging system often struggles to keep up with the climate control demands of the space it services. This frequently manifests as a noisy unit or one which vibrates perceptibly. If this sounds like your unit, and servicing and maintenance haven’t corrected the issue to your satisfaction, a replacement commercial AC unit might be the only solution.
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Why Should I Replace My Commercial AC?
Some good reasons to consider a replacement AC unit, especially if you have an older model, include:
- Reduced energy costs: The age of your existing commercial AC system and its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, also called the “SEER” rating, may make an upgrade to a new system more appealing. Simply replacing the unit to a new model with a SEER rating of 13, which is the minimum efficiency rating modern models are permitted, could reduce your energy bill by 20%-40% over older systems, whose SEER ratings may be 6 or lower.
- Increased comfort: Modern commercial AC systems are more efficient at controlling average temperature, reducing inside humidity and improving the quality of the air you, your staff and your clients breathe.
- Environmentally responsible – New commercial AC units use a refrigerant known as R-410A, which is better for the environment, and use less energy, which helps to reduce your business’s carbon footprint.
Other Factors to Consider When Replacing Commercial AC Units
Other factors which may impact the decision to replace your commercial air conditioner include:
- Warranty: A new commercial air conditioner comes with a manufacturer’s warranty, which can help cut the cost if repairs are needed within the warranty period. If your existing unit is out of warranty, this factor alone could make the expenditure worthwhile.
- R-22 ban: Many older units use a refrigerant known as R-22. The US government and the EPA have mandated R-22 refrigerant must be phased out entirely by 2020 to help preserve the ozone layer. This results in limited supplies of R-22 and a correspondingly higher cost to replenish the refrigerant in the system.
- Will the new system work with the existing infrastructure? Moving to a different commercial air conditioning system than the existing one may incur additional costs to install the upgrades needed to facilitate the commercial air conditioner replacement.
- Tax Incentives, Credits and Rebates: Upgrading to a new system can be a scary prospect on its face, but what if you could save up to a third on the new unit? Tax credits, incentives and manufacturer rebates could reduce the cost of your unit by 30% off the bat, and your local utility provider might also have their own incentive program. This does not take into account the savings you’ll see on your monthly bill!
Which Air Conditioner System Does My Business Have?
It’s important to know what type of existing system you have:
- Split system: A split system uses ductwork and consists of an outdoor evaporator system and a condensing unit, which is usually located indoors. Split systems are the most common commercial air conditioning type.
- Packaged system: Unlike a split system, the condensing and evaporator system are combined into a single unit, which is typically outside. The combination of the two systems into a single unit, or “package,” gives this system its name.
- Ductless mini-splits: This type of AC system doesn’t use ductwork. An indoor, wall-mounted cooling unit works with an outdoor component which is usually placed against the exterior wall.
- Portable air conditioner: These units are designed for single-room or small area use, and are often found in small businesses or individual offices where the primary air conditioner doesn’t function as effectively.
- Evaporative coolers: Also called “swamp coolers,” these systems use evaporation to reduce the temperature in dry climates. They are normally found on rooftops and tend to look like the casings for split systems to the untrained eye.
For more information on how Peace Heating And Air Conditioning can save you and your company time, money and discomfort, call, click, or come by one of our Lake Norman metro area locations today!