Managing Your HVAC System

Three Reasons To Avoid Deferring Commercial HVAC Maintenance

Commercial HVAC systems need preventive maintenance, but such maintenance is often postponed or outright neglected due to budgeting issues. Skimping out on preventive maintenance may seem cost-effective, but there's always a hidden cost to deferred maintenance.

Here are three good reasons to think twice about postponing preventive maintenance for your commercial HVAC equipment.

Increased Risk of System Failure

Ordinary wear and tear and cumulative dust and debris buildup can slowly take a toll on your HVAC equipment. Excessive dust buildup can prevent airflow, leading to overheating and lost comfort. Worn-out parts can prevent your HVAC unit from running properly—if it's able to run at all. These problems can also rob your equipment of its energy efficiency

When you defer crucial preventive maintenance, you risk increasing the likelihood of your equipment failing due to the above issues. The longer you wait to have your HVAC system properly maintained, the greater the risk of a sudden, catastrophic failure becomes.

Deferring scheduled maintenance also keeps your HVAC technician from spotting minor issues that could turn into major problems later on. For instance, a minor refrigerant leak can easily lead to compressor failure if it goes unchecked.

Shortened Lifespan

Every commercial HVAC system is bound to fail at some point, but a steady campaign of proactive maintenance can help extend the life of your equipment. Most HVAC manufacturers project their commercial equipment to last for an average of 15 years, with exceptionally well-maintained units able to last 20 years or more.

Putting off regularly scheduled maintenance can place your heating and cooling equipment on the road to neglect and eventual failure. Problems that would have been taken care of by timely maintenance may instead take years off your unit's projected lifespan. If you want your business to get the most out of its HVAC equipment, having it serviced on a regular basis is an absolute must.

Increased Costs

If your business is dealing with a tight budget, you might be tempted to defer HVAC maintenance for a time. Some businesses choose to defer necessary repairs and service until the next fiscal quarter. Others may choose to defer maintenance for as long as possible. The potential savings from deferring essential HVAC maintenance may add up, but so will the costs of getting your equipment back in shape.

The longer you wait to have your commercial HVAC equipment serviced, the more money you'll eventually spend on emergency repairs and corrective maintenance. Having your HVAC system serviced in a timely manner is usually cheaper than delaying service until an expensive and catastrophic failure happens.   

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