In the Chicago region, HVAC systems are taxed to their maximum capability with extreme temperature conditions. Each year, depending on the age of the HVAC system, facilities managers of office buildings and complexes review the performance and operating costs of all mechanical elements to make decisions about repairing or replacing critical components.
The choices are usually straight forward. If equipment is well-maintained and performing as expected, replacing the existing HVAC system may not be the economical course. If the system has become problematic, requiring parts replacements while operating over budget due to poor maintenance, an analysis to invest in new systems is justified.
Proactive HVAC Maintenance for Office Buildings
Proactivity is the key to maintaining heavily used HVAC systems. Breakdowns in a large office building can be a problem that affects a large number of occupants. Repeated problems can result in business disruptions and a reduction in the property’s appeal. Changing filters, replacing failing parts, cleaning, and performing detailed inspections in a timely manner saves considerable money and eliminates downtime.
HVAC Maintenance Agreements
Facility managers of large office buildings, whether occupied by one company or many, have a responsibility to ensure that the occupants are able to do their jobs in a comfortable, secure and well-appointed, attractive building. Usually these managers hire landscaping companies to keep the building looking great, cleaning companies to keep them clean, and security personnel to maintain safety. It is equally important to have trained experts perform periodic maintenance on expensive and vital HVAC systems.
Selecting a Trusted HVAC Maintenance Provider in Chicagoland
Your target contract HVAC maintenance provider should fit the following criteria:
- Reputable, in business for more than 20 years
- Well trained and certified to work on your brand of equipment
- Value priced; some companies “low-ball” and skip steps to save money
- Able to provide 24-hour service in case of emergency
- Capable of creating a detailed test and evaluation of existing HVAC equipment
Timely and professional inspection with the regular replacement of filters and other parts, as needed, can keep your system operating even beyond its normally expected operating life.
Could It Be Time for a Change?
Deciding when to replace an HVAC system can be a complex analysis. At a certain point, even though the equipment may have been operating normally but requiring a bit more maintenance and consuming more energy to run, the analysis to replace should begin. As repairs mount up, given the age of the existing equipment, a breakdown is inevitable.
Investment in new, energy-efficient HVAC equipment can substantially reduce the building’s operating expenses. But what about the overall cost?
Contact General Mechanical for a Consultation
Experts at General Mechanical, a premier HVAC sales and service company located in Wheeling, IL serving the Chicagoland area, can perform a detailed evaluation to help with the decision to continue with the existing equipment versus replacement with new ENERGY STAR® qualified HVAC systems. Factors such as the initial capital investment, depreciation, rebates, warranties and cost of operation are compared against existing costs and possible upgrades to keep the old equipment running. Many are surprised to learn how quickly the payback on the purchase of a new, more efficient HVAC system really is.
Contact the experts at General Mechanical for a free consultation regarding an individually tailored maintenance program for your existing equipment. Or ask about the design and purchase of a new HVAC system.