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How to Tell Whether Your RTU is Dying or Just Needs Maintenance

It’s there, creeping in the back of your mind – the scary realization that someday, your rooftop units (RTUs) are going to die.

Okay, maybe it’s not always nagging away at you, but it’s an unavoidable truth: Someday, routine maintenance won’t be enough and your RTU is going to kick the bucket. The real question is this: How do you know when the time for tune-ups has passed and it’s time to replace your RTU?

How to Know When to Let Go

There’s no hard-and-fast rule on the life expectancy of an RTU. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) says that most HVAC components have an equipment life of about 15 years when well-maintained, but we service older RTUs that show few signs of slowing down. With that in mind, 15 years is a good window to plan for so your budget doesn’t get blindsided.

As your RTUs get on in age, you may see your monthly utility bill get bigger or notice you need more frequent maintenance. Older equipment can work harder and provide less value as its components and the overall system struggle to keep up.

Get the opinion of a qualified technician about these specific elements to know if it’s time to look at options for a new RTU:

Any RTU could show these signs of age, no matter how new it is, if not properly inspected – but these problems appear in most of the RTUs that we end up replacing due to the age of the unit.

Compare Condition and Costs with a Qualified Professional

The best way to make the decision on whether to replace a unit is to have a qualified technician perform an inspection of all the unit components and test both heating and cooling operation. Yale Mechanical’s experienced technicians find out all there is to know about your RTUs and compare the cost of replacement versus repair – along with an assessment of the risk and potential for your RTU to incur increasing costs as it gets older and older.

Yale Mechanical preventive maintenance contracts include these cost summaries along with regular maintenance so you can budget appropriately. We’re committed to making sure our customers are aware of any immediate concerns about their equipment and giving them an honest, professional opinion on the options for replacement or repair of their RTU equipment. We can also help you get all the rebates possible for replacing an older RTU when the time comes. Interested in learning more? Let me know so we can schedule a pulse check today.

Blog Author

Todd Hogan

Todd Hogan is a Senior Account Manager at Yale Mechanical. He’s been in the HVAC industry for more than 30 years, beginning with an apprenticeship with the St. Paul Pipefitters. Todd’s extensive field experience helps him work with Yale customers to meet their day-to-day challenges and make smart plans for their buildings’ needs.

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