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How Long Do Commercial HVAC Units Last? A Burban Air Systems Ltd Guide.

Commercial rooftop HVAC Unit from Burban Air Systems Ltd.

Understanding the Lifespan of Commercial HVAC Systems

The question of longevity is a big one for the owners of any business featuring commercial HVAC. HVAC systems for businesses or buildings are a large capital expenditure, and knowing the expected service life of these commercial units can make the difference in the planning for maintenance, repair or replacement. In broad terms, a commercial system can last from 15 to 20 years but that figure can vary significantly depending upon certain conditions including the exact type of equipment, how well it's maintained, the quality of the installation, and the operating environment.

Key Factors Influencing HVAC Lifespan

Quality of Equipment: Better quality units are typically much more robust and well-designed, and they’ll last much longer. They’re also better able to withstand the rigours of constant use in a commercial environment.

  • Proper installation: qualified installers are of extreme importance. A wrong installation may cause a high rate of breakdowns, shorten the durability, and lead to unnecessary replace tasks.

  • Regular Maintenance: This is probably the most important factor. Systems that are maintained regularly by a professional will last longer than systems that are not. Maintenance includes removing dirt, replacing filters, checking for leaks, and ensuring that all parts are running properly.

  • Usage: The more an HVAC system is used, the more wear it experiences. Businesses that run 24 hours a day (hotels, hospitals) can see a more rapid decline in the condition of their systems if tune-ups don’t keep up with the demand.

How Burban Air Systems Ltd. Can Help

Burban Air Systems Ltd. works with you to maximize the full life of your HVAC investment. We have supported our installations for over 40 years in the Greater Toronto Area and we are not just your gear provider; we are your partner in ensuring your investment works for you. The same way your body starts deteriorating as you age, the condition of your HVAC deteriorates with extended use. We are here to help.

  • Professional Installation: Using your instructions, our knowledgeable installers will set you up so that your system runs to manufacturer instructions as well as local codes, and is ready to run smoothly for years to come.

  • Customized Maintenance plans: We provide maintenance plans for you and your business tailored to your HVAC system. Maintenance could save you money in the long run and extend your system’s longevity.

  • System Upgrades and Assessments: Systems become less efficient over time. We can evaluate the system for possible upgrades or improvements that not only prolong the life of the system, but also minimize energy costs.

  • Responsive Repairs: If your system requires repairs, they will be taken care of by our highly trained technicians in a timely manner. This will help to prevent downtime and further damage to the unit.

  • Replacement Planning: When is it more cost effective to replace rather than repair an aging system? Burban Air Systems can provide strategic planning to help you determine the right replacement with a focus on performance, budget and future needs.


Any investment you make in your commercial HVAC system comes with a maintenance plan, and foresight into replacement. The right installation will maximize the proper function of your HVAC system, but the right maintenance and replacement plan shows foresight into your business’ comfort and profitability. When you invest in a commercial HVAC system with Burban Air Systems Ltd., it comes with a partner who knows the ins and outs of your system and isn’t going anywhere. Whether you’re looking for preventive maintenance, emergency repairs, HVAC system installation or both, our team is with you for the long haul.

Call us today to learn how we can help your commercial HVAC system run longer and smarter so that your business stays comfortable and productive.

(416) 757-3271



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