Chiller Repair Vs. Chiller Replacement - What's Your Best Option?


Even with regular preventative maintenance, chillers inevitably age and have to be replaced. As these machines age, they become less efficient, less reliable, and break down more often. Balancing the costs of necessary repairs with the need for replacement can be challenging. New chillers come with a high initial price tag, even if they do deliver strong return on investment in the long-term. So how can you be sure when an HVAC repair is no longer worth it, and a full replacement is needed?

There are quite a few things that you should think about to determine your need for a replacement chiller. Some of the most important questions to ask yourself are:

  1. Are energy bills rising unexpectedly?
  2. Are repair costs getting out of hand?
  3. Do the building occupants believe it’s either too hot or too cold?
  4. Is the chiller over 20 to 25 years old?

An older HVAC system that’s nearing the end of its lifespan will begin to need frequent repairs, and will start to raise energy costs. These problems could be caused by leaks throughout the ventilation system which would lead to poor heating or cooling performance. There comes a point where this is no longer profitable for your business, and a newer system will give you the desired cost-savings.

How to extend the life of your chiller:
If your chiller does not yet need to be replaced, working to extend the life expectancy can have a major impact on the bottom line. Preventative maintenance agreements are one of the best ways to do this. These agreements keep you ahead of the mechanical issues before they arise, which minimizes disruptions, and keeps your tenants happy. Keeping all of your systems at peak performance extends the lifespan of the equipment, reduces energy costs, and allows you to postpone large investments in new equipment for as long as possible.

What to consider if your chiller breaks down completely:
Sometimes an emergency situation happens, and a chiller breaks down past the point of repair. A rental chiller is an excellent way to quickly get you back up and running at full capacity. With same-day delivery available, a rental chiller can be your lifeline during unexpected events. RES provides you with peace of mind with 24/7 support for unplanned situations.