Your Commercial Air Conditioning Just Stopped Working. What Now?

Posted on: 25 September 2019

Business owners have a lot on their mind. Profits, employees, products, and more. Your air conditioning system may have been the last thing on your mind. But when your HVAC system blows, it's difficult to keep your doors open. What do you do next? 

When Was the Last Time You Got Your HVAC Maintained?

HVAC systems usually need to be maintained at least quarterly. Depending on how much you use your HVAC system, it may even need the filters changed even more frequently. It can happen that a commercial tenant thinks that the landlord is maintaining the system, while the landlord expects the tenant to maintain the system.

So, before you do anything else, find out when the HVAC system was last maintained. The issue could be as simple as changing the filters and cleaning the system out. Your maintenance personnel can tell you if there's anything wrong with the system itself and you can get on a routine maintenance schedule.

Do You Need to Call a Specific HVAC Company?

There may be something in your lease that says which HVAC company you have to call. But most leases don't have that requirement, so you can shop around. If you're free to find any HVAC company, then you should start getting quotes.

  1. Look for commercial HVAC companies specifically. Residential HVAC is different. Some companies specialize in both, but it's important to find one that supports commercial HVAC.
  2. Get quotes from at least a few HVAC companies. Different companies have different specializations. If you contact a company that has a good deal with your brand of HVAC, or a company that does repairs more often than maintenance, you might get a better deal.
  3. Compare the quotes line by line. Just because one's less expensive doesn't mean that it's the best quote. It may be leaving some things out, such as a follow-up maintenance call.

Once you have your quotes in hand, you can schedule your appointment.

Financing for Commercial HVAC Equipment

If your HVAC equipment blows out, you could be looking at tens of thousands of dollars in cost. For any business, that's a sizable amount. Some HVAC companies offer financing, especially for business accounts. There are also business loans specifically for equipment. 

Your first step is to contact an HVAC company to find out what's wrong. If it's a maintenance issue, it can probably be fixed pretty quickly. Otherwise, you might need to look for repair parts or a replacement. An HVAC company can help.

For more information, contact a commercial air conditioning service in your area.