The Power of a Commercial Furnace
As a business owner, you wear many hats. You have to tend to customer service issues, monitor the quality control of your products or services, constantly assess inventory, and, of course, tend to your bookkeeping needs.
But when it comes to conducting business on a regular basis, you also want to make sure that as both customers and visitors enter your establishment, they are greeted with comfortable and soothing air. You also want your employees working under comfortable conditions. Afterall, that will contribute to their productivity levels and goodwill toward management.
During the fall and winter months, this means you want a reliable and efficient furnace to keep your offices and other rooms at your business cozy and comfortable. There is little to no margin for error when it comes to having a quality furnace that consistently and adequately warms your workspaces.
However, how do you know when repairs, especially if they are frequent and major in scope, indicate that it’s time for a replacement of your furnace? What signs are there that your heating system is past its prime and no longer a viable source of heat for your business?
Signs That Your Furnace Needs to be Replaced
It is a good idea to be aware of how your furnace is operating and stay on top of its scheduled maintenance services. Even with regular maintenance, however, your HVAC system will occasionally need repairs and eventually have to be replaced.
There are clear indicators that signal when it’s time to consider replacing your furnace. Here are the common signs that tell you your heating system has reached the end of its lifespan.
It is normal to have to repair your heater every once in a while. You should take note, however, if you find yourself calling your HVAC provider multiple times a year. That amount of maintenance frequency indicates that your commercial furnace is likely no longer effective at treating the air at your business establishment.
If this is the case, you can also presume that the parts inside your heating system are failing due to long-term wear and tear. You don’t want to shell out the significant funds necessary to cover expensive repairs to an ailing commercial furnace. It is at this point that it makes more sense to install a new furnace.
Unexplainable Rise in Heating Costs
As you are held accountable for all business expenditures, it is likely you will be aware of the monthly costs associated with heating your workspaces. If you notice that your monthly heating bills have been increasing in ways that are not in line with furnace usage patterns, then that is a clue your energy system is not working properly.
As your furnace ages over the years, it becomes less energy efficient, to the extent that it will show up in your heating bill. A furnace that is past its prime will work at a rate higher than normal. If your HVAC unit is in disrepair, it will also become prone to current fluctuations.
This is when it’s time to replace your commercial furnace.
Poor Air Quality
You should expect that the quality of air that your HVAC system produces is clean, crisp and consistent. If you observe that different areas of your business establishment have different temperatures, then your commercial furnace is no longer performing at its required and optimum capacity.
A furnace that is not functioning as well as it once did can also develop leaks, which could expose people at your business to harmful and toxic chemicals. Be attuned to any foul or strange odors emanating from your heating system. If you have anyone in your building who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, this could be an indication of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can come from different sources, including your furnace.
You don’t want to waste time by procrastinating on replacing your commercial furnace if it is indeed leaking these potentially dangerous chemicals and putting your employees and customers at a major health risk.
It could be time for replace your HVAC system if you’re noticing that it is performing differently than it typically has. For example, if you hear grinding, rattling, hissing or clunking sounds coming from your furnace, that should tip you off that there are loose or broken parts. It could be anything from the bearings in the motor to a loose fan belt. But if you don’t immediately tend to these potentially serious mechanical issues, you will further compromise your furnace, as well as hasten its demise.
Also be aware of another malfunction – a machine short-cycle. If you find that your heating system is regularly or randomly turning on and off during the day, this means your furnace is overheating or not receiving sufficient power to continually operate.
As a business owner, you cannot afford to risk having faulty wiring or overheating in your HVAC system, as these are also huge safety hazards.
Look to Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning for Expert Installs & Maintenance of Your Commercial Furnace
Apollo is the Northwest leading provider for heating services for building and business owners. Our specialized design/build approach to working with contractors ensures that the specific indoor environmental needs of your workplace are taken into consideration — from design through completion of your building.
At Apollo, we bring expertise based on three decades of surpassing customer expectations. We are proficient at installs of Chillers and Boilers for commercial buildings with commercial service plans that are customized for your facility.
Learn more by contacting Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning! Call us at (509) 396-COLD (2653).