When your commercial HVAC system develops problems, you may wonder if you should repair your HVAC system or replace it. How do you know when it’s time for a new system? Also, what should you do if your HVAC system still uses R22 refrigerant? Let’s explore the answers to these questions below.

When Should You Replace Your HVAC System?

It’s best to replace your heating and cooling system near the end of its HVAC lifespan. For most systems, that lifespan lasts about 15 to 20 years. However, you may need to replace your system sooner, especially if it doesn’t receive proper maintenance often. Here’s a good rule of thumb for HVAC replacements and repairs: If your system suffers a major breakdown, get an HVAC repair estimate. Compare that repair estimate with the cost of a new system. If the repairs cost at least half as much as a new system, it’s time to replace your current heating and cooling system.

How Can You Extend Your HVAC System’s Lifespan?

Preventative maintenance extends your system’s lifespan. This type of maintenance involves your HVAC contractor sending a technician to inspect and service your system once a year. During these maintenance visits, the technician checks all your HVAC equipment for small problems and fixes them before they grow larger. Major HVAC breakdowns often happen after many small problems arise and snowball into larger problems. How does this happen? When the small problems go unchecked, your HVAC equipment has to work harder to compensate for those problems. As the equipment works harder, more problems appear. Our preventative maintenance resolves those small problems so they don’t culminate in a huge breakdown.

Do You Always Have to Replace an Older HVAC System?

Not necessarily. You can also use HVAC retrofitting to stave off an entire replacement. Our retrofitting services replace certain HVAC system components with newer ones that make the system more efficient. Our retrofitting services include:

  • Adding condenser fans with high-pressure controls
  • Implementing demand-controlled ventilation components
  • Installing air-side economizers for HVAC units
  • Installing holistic HVAC retrofitting kits

These services help you keep your current HVAC system by replacing aging or outdated aspects of it.

How Should You Deal With the R22 Phase Out?

Speaking of outdated HVAC components, check if your HVAC system still uses R22 refrigerant. This refrigerant is not considered safe, and HVAC systems manufactured in 2010 or later do not use it. However, some older systems may still use it, and that use violates regulations set by the EPA. The EPA declared that all R22 refrigerant must be phased out of use by January 1, 2020. To remain compliant, you must stop using R22 refrigerant. REACT Industries offers refrigerant phase out services to keep your system and facility compliant and safe. We can also determine whether your system needs repair, retrofitting, or replacement services after we replace your system’s R22 refrigerant.

Why Choose REACT for HVAC Repairs, Replacements, and Refrigerant Phase Outs?

REACT has repaired and improved air conditioning and heating systems since 1983. For nearly 40 years, we have used our knowledge and skills to heat, cool, and ventilate businesses across New York, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Our services and solutions deliver high-efficiency HVAC performance in a part of the United States where people accept nothing less than excellence. We understand the intricacies of commercial HVAC systems, and we use our expertise to make your system run as well as possible throughout the year.

Repair or Replace Your HVAC System With REACT Industries

If your HVAC system needs repairs, or if you think it’s time to replace it, reach out to REACT Industries today. We can assess your system’s current condition. After we assess and inspect it, we help you determine your HVAC options. Maybe you’d benefit from repairs or retrofitting, or maybe you do need a full HVAC replacement. You won’t know until you partner with an HVAC contractor who helps you sort through all the options and possibilities. REACT is here to help you transform your heater, air conditioner, and ventilation system into the best HVAC system for your commercial facility.