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Commercial HVAC Service: Pros vs. Amateurs


An HVAC system for a commercial building or a business is kind of a big deal. It’s a big investment, it’s absolutely critical that it be kept in working condition, and if anything does go wrong, you need it fixed right away. It can be very tempting to try to cut expenses by having someone who’s not really qualified—and therefore charges less—work on your system.

Is it ever okay to have an amateur, or someone who’s experienced only with residential systems, work on your commercial HVAC system? What are the benefits of having your installation and service done by qualified commercial HVAC professionals? Here’s the scoop.

Amateur HVAC Work

A true amateur might be very good at a wide variety of maintenance jobs. They’re the person you’d call when small things go wrong around the house. But if they have worked on HVAC systems, it’s been on an occasional basis, it hasn’t been the bulk of their work experience. 

This person doesn’t have the tools, equipment, or training to make installing an HVAC system, or diagnosing and repairing one, go smoothly and quickly. They’ll void your system’s warranty because they don’t have proper licensing. They’re also not likely to be insured in the same way an HVAC professional is, meaning that if they are injured while working on this unfamiliar equipment, you could be held liable for their medical costs.

Residential HVAC Work

A professional who has the training and licensing, tools and equipment, and on-the-job experience with residential HVAC systems is definitely a step up from an amateur. But should they be working on your commercial HVAC system? No. For one thing, commercial systems are not the same as residential ones. They’re not just larger, but are more complex, and have different needs.

Commercial HVAC Work

A professional who is trained and qualified to work on commercial HVAC systems understands these complexities. One good example is air conditioning drainage systems. Because of the size and unique layout of commercial air conditioning units and ductwork, their drainage needs are different and more significant. Failing to install and maintain these properly can lead to massive water damage and mold infestations.

There’s another way in which experienced commercial HVAC technicians keep the bar set very high. With so much of their training taking place in places of business, they’re very skilled at minimizing interruptions to workflow or disruptions to employees, customers, or tenants. Statistically, the majority of the cost of an unexpected commercial HVAC failure isn’t the repair itself, it’s the loss of business. 

Protect your business and your bottom line by only relying on HVAC installers and service technicians who are experts in commercial systems and available for all the services you might need. Perhaps you need a new commercial heating system installed or you need commercial AC service in Lubbock, TX. Perhaps you’re concerned about your indoor air quality. Whatever your needs, we’ve got you covered.

JD’s Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning serves the Lubbock area. Contact us for all your commercial HVAC needs.

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