What is the true Cost of NOT Having a HVAC Preventive Maintenance contract?
Would you put your HVAC equipments/systems at risk for some massive reactive repair costs?
First, what is Preventive Maintenance?
As emphasized, “preventive” maintenance is service that is performed on a system on a regular basis to reduce the chance of breakdown. An HVAC system is complex, with numerous components that rely on the proper functioning of the others. If one part of an HVAC system breaks down, it typically impacts the rest, creating varying lengths of system downtime. System downtime is not only inconvenient but may cause issues with tenants, employees, and possible loss of production or spoiled material.
Preventive maintenance contracts can provide the following –
a) Maximize the Life-span of your HVAC equipment
The average lifespan for quality HVAC equipment should be between 17-22 years. The average unit lifespan is based on the unit running within specified pressure, temperatures, and local climate and assuming regular preventive maintenance is being done. When maintenance is not done, the unit runs outside of acceptable temperatures and pressures which cause additional wear and tear on the unit. This in turn shortens its overall lifespan, causing premature failure of its components.
b) Energy cost savings
The New Buildings Institute found that best practices in HVAC maintenance and operations reduce energy use 10-20%. That would be a huge saving over a short period of time for a simple and initial low cost preventive maintenance contract. Dirty coils force the compressors to run longer and work harder than required, increasing energy usage and utility cost while decreasing the equipment life and users comfort. No preventive maintenance contract could increase energy usage 30-60%.
c) Lower cost of service calls/service call predictability
Unfortunately, breakdowns seem to happen during heat waves, cold snaps, the middle of the night, holidays, big production events, etc. The average costs of holiday, after hours, or emergency services are 50-100 percent higher than standard business hour rates. The lack of maintenance could cause increased unexpected breakdowns where a tremendous amount of labor time will be wasted for trouble shooting or fixing the issues. Employees, tenants and end users will also feel the effect of equipment downtime when a breakdown occurs.
Advantages for having a preventive maintenance plan verses not having a preventive maintenance plan —
|Preventive Maintenance||No preventive Maintenance|
A) Reduces energy cost 10-20%.
B) Follow equipment manufacturers recommendation to keep equipment running efficiently.
C) Problems proactively found/discounted labor rates.
D) Feeling good knowing all the equipment has been maintained properly as planned
A) Increased energy cost 30-60%.
B) Equipment operates inefficiently, Leading to shortened life and equipment breakdowns.
C) Potentially higher labor rate/ higher repair cost.
D) Constant worry of breakdown/and cost associated for emergency repair.
As an MSCA STAR-certified contractor, Unitemp has high service standards and the skilled, experienced technicians to meet those demands. Beyond the basics of HVAC design and installation, we offer customer friendly planned maintenance programs that truly protect your investment.
Since Unitemp understands the precise challenges facing building managers today, rising energy costs, demanding tenants, tightening budgets, growing environmental concerns, Unitemp is committed to bringing our customers the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible equipment and solutions available.
Simply, our budget-friendly solutions help protect the environment while maintaining equipment operation and reducing energy costs. Let us show you how our STAR-Certified technicians deliver value.
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