As commercial heaters get older and reach the end of their useful lifespan of 12-15 years, more and more components may start to malfunction and require replacement. Unfortunately, due to the unit’s age, parts may be hard to come by. Due to the scarcity of available parts, repairs can become costly rather quickly. This is compounded by the fact that aging commercial heating units become less efficient over time, which translates into increased electric and gas bills. So to restore both efficiency and overall performance, retrofitting parts may be necessary.
Positive Effects of Retrofitting
Retrofitted parts have positive effects that often surpass the mere restoration of the original efficiency of the heating system itself. Since most commercial heaters that require retrofitted parts are older, and heating technology is improving rapidly, retrofitted parts can increase the efficiency of a heating system above and beyond the original efficiency rate. They can also decrease maintenance costs. In this way, retrofitted parts are likely to extend the useful life of a commercial heating system.
Retrofit Parts vs A New Heating System
When commercial heating systems start malfunctioning and the conversation turns to retrofitted parts, the possibility of purchasing an entirely new heating system is often brought up in the same breath. It is often expected that once a heating system reaches the projected end of its useful life, it’s best to replace the entire system rather than purchase retrofitted parts. This, however, isn’t always the case. The heating system should be evaluated by a technician who will be able to judge the current state of the system and determine whether the purchase of a new heater is a financially sound decision.
Other items that should tie into the final decision are the unit’s energy efficiency and the energy needs of the building itself. Even if the building was audited at some point, when a decision concerning the retrofitting of parts has to be made, it may be time for another assessment of the energy needs of the company occupying the building, as well as a thorough exploration into potential leaks that may be causing inefficiencies. This assessment will likely determine whether it is better to purchase a new system or simply replace malfunctioning parts with retrofitted parts.
Finding Retrofit Parts for Your Heating System
As your commercial heating system ages, it’s to be expected that maintenance costs will increase. Unfortunately, this will often result in parts needing to be replaced. Once a unit reaches about 10 years of age, you’re likely to find that replacement parts have been discontinued, leaving you with no other option than to retrofit if you wish to restore the functionality of the original heating system. The good news is that it’s not as painstakingly difficult as it may sound – if you are working with the right HVAC repair company.
If your commercial heating unit is aging, it seems to be malfunctioning more than it’s actually functioning, or you’re seeing spikes in your monthly energy bills, it’s time to call in experts who can evaluate what’s happening and make recommendations on what the most logical next steps are for your business. Contact us today for your free consultation.