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Struggling to Find Replacement RTUs this summer?

July 11, 2024

We are halfway through 2024, and the struggle to find equipment and replacement Rooftop Units is becoming increasingly prevalent for facility managers—we field requests every day. 

The challenges related to sourcing RTU replacements include supply chain issues, budget constraints, forthcoming regulations, and compatibility requirements with existing systems. 

As we settle into summer – heat and all – and in anticipation of the upcoming EPA requirements, the Total Comfort Group team is offering multi-site facility managers peace of mind with our extensive inventory, which includes $1 million in replacement RTUs. This, coupled with our fast, efficient preventative maintenance and repair services, keeps all systems running.  

Replacement RTUs and Equipment Solutions

We understand finding the right replacement RTU on top of everything else on a facility manager’s list of responsibilities is challenging. Here are some tips to help guide the process: 

  • Extensive Inventory: Work with a provider that has inventory on hand. At Total Comfort Group, we stock more than $1 million dollars worth of RTUs ready to ship nationwide. Whether it’s a single unit or equipment for multiple sites, we have the equipment our customers need when they need it.
  • National Reach: Make sure your HVAC/R provider has the capabilities to quickly and efficiently get equipment and crews to your geographic region. With five strategic locations across the U.S., including in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, South, and West, Total Comfort Group offers national coverage supported by a local presence to ensure prompt delivery of units and parts. Because of our national presence, facility managers get much-needed parts and equipment to multi-site locations with ease. This is supplemented by our preventative maintenance and repair services from our highly skilled technicians, 50 percent of whom are self-performing. 
  • Competitive rates: We understand the importance of budgeting in maintaining your facilities. We at Total Comfort Group offer comparative and competitive rates across the industry, ensuring you get the best value for your investment. We strive to provide affordable solutions without compromising on quality or efficiency. Our proprietary technology allows customers to compare pricing versus timing and delivery dates. 
  • Efficient Sourcing: Facility managers’ time should go to ensuring operations are running smoothly, not waiting on equipment. This means working with a provider that can source and get parts quickly to any location. That’s why, on the rare occasions we don’t have a unit or parts available, we have the capability to source equipment within hours. At Total Comfort Group, we understand downtime costs money, so we prioritize swift procurement to minimize disruptions to operations.

Equipment Sourcing and EPA Regulations in 2024

Compliance with the latest EPA standards is important for facility managers, as the implications of these mandates will affect how equipment is sourced and maintained. 

As the summer progresses, we anticipate inventory availability declining – especially because most of the equipment incorporating low-GWP refrigerants like R-32 and R454B will not be available until later in 2024. 

With the push to reduce the use of HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases, the industry will move towards more environmentally friendly refrigerants. This means companies may need to invest in new equipment compatible with alternative refrigerants and hire technicians trained to handle the new, more environmentally friendly substances. 

Further, the new regulations may impose stricter energy efficiency standards for HVAC/R systems. Here is a quick list of what to consider when sourcing equipment during this transitional phase for our industry: 

  • Look for equipment that uses low-GWP refrigerants. 
  • Prioritize sourcing equipment with high energy efficiency ratings and variable speed drives, smart thermostats, and advanced control systems. 
  • Ensure your service provider and/or supplier provides good after-sales and maintenance support. 
  • Look for financial incentives, rebates, and tax credits when sourcing new RTUs
  • Choose equipment that can be easily upgraded or expanded to accommodate future regulatory changes and technological advancements. 

At Total Comfort Group, we understand an optimized HVAC/R system can also significantly lower a facility’s energy consumption, reducing utility bills and operational expenses. Regular maintenance and updates can prevent costly breakdowns and extend the lifespan of your equipment, ultimately providing a more reliable and cost-effective solution for multi-site facility managers. 

Extensive Inventory and Flexible Services

We understand the importance of first-time fixes, self-performing coverage, and quick and cost-effective equipment sourcing and availability. That’s why we offer comprehensive, turnkey solutions to meet the specific needs of multi-site facility managers.  

This is accomplished by our multi-site assessments and surveys, which include:

  • Visit all facility sites with our HVAC technicians to assess the installation areas, the average number of people occupying the spaces, and the facilities’ energy requirements.
  • Quote the most competitive pricing for multiple commercial HVAC installations, including the estimated cost across the system’s lifespan. We always provide the best RTUs and other HVAC equipment tailored to a facility’s specific requirements. 

Besides our comprehensive turnkey assessments and solutions, we offer the sale of standalone units independent of our installation services.  Our standalone RTU offerings include:

  • Access to a broad range of RTUs and HVAC components to suit various commercial applications.
  • Competitive pricing and accessibility to our extensive inventory.  Expert consultation from our sales and support teams so that facility managers can make informed decisions and receive needed inventory quickly 

Looking to source equipment to replace your existing RTU? Total Comfort Group is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our extensive inventory that is available and ready to ship to your location.