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What's the Lifespan of My Rooftop HVAC Equipment?
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Commercial services can extend the lifespan of your HVAC unit, but do the same rules apply for rooftop equipment?

Rooftop HVAC

Commercial services are guaranteed to protect an HVAC investment by providing preventative maintenance checkups on a regular basis. This consistent professional inspection plan will minimize the chance that an emergency repair situation arises or threatens the efficiency of your unit. But a rooftop unit has to contend with other elements that offer some unique challenges.

Maintenance Plans

Rooftop HVAC equipment is subject to the elements in a completely different way than most other heating and cooling systems. Exposure to the sun, rain, lighting, and snow can sometimes mean that more problems arise during the lifespan of the unit. Having a regular maintenance plan and consistent commercial services scheduled is more important than ever to guarantee that the best performance possible is achieved.


As HVAC units get older, their performance level can suffer. Rooftop units might have a slightly different lifespan than other systems due to the nature of their installation and the circumstances of exposure. Wear and tear has a significant impact in this environment, but an average lifespan for commercial heating and cooling systems is between 15-20 years.

Cleaning and Repair

A commercial rooftop unit is exposed to different pollutants than indoor or residential systems. While it’s always a good idea to have regular cleanings scheduled, a rooftop unit can especially benefit from long-term commitment to this type of service. Make sure the building codes for your commercial installation and maintenance are clearly articulated before you begin this process, and that safety codes are observed throughout.

Ready to learn more about the best type of commercial service plan for rooftop HVAC units? Our team of experts at G + S is ready to help you. Contact us today to get in touch with our HVAC commercial services professionals.

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