Problems with Building Automation Systems

August 27, 2020 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 4 minute read

Just like any other building system or technology, Building Automation Systems are prone to aging and will eventually need to be replaced, fixed or upgraded over time. Similar to an HVAC or plumbing system, building control equipment has a finite lifespan that varies based on quality, use and care.

Three Simple Tips to Avoid BAS Problems

  • Perform Regular Maintenance
  • Get a Legacy Upgrade
  • Avoid Proprietary BAS Systems

Problems with BAS

How to Avoid Building Automation Problems

A professionally maintained system that receives regular service has the potential to last longer and pay for itself many times over before needing a full legacy BAS upgrade or replacement. The ultimate goal of any BAS is to conserve energy and save money, but failing to service that equipment can have devastating results.

Regular Maintenance Keeps Building Control Systems Running Smoothly

Installing a new Building Automation System is a major investment. In order to see a return on that investment, it’s critical the system receive regular attention and care. The level of BAS service needed depends largely on the size and complexity of the system.

One of the biggest problems in the building control industry is that many system go without regular service and eventually larger problems arise. Most issues develop over time and can be prevented if a qualified service technician has a set of eyes on the system regularly.

One of the best ways to avoid problems with a Building Automation System is to sign up for a scheduled BAS maintenance and service plan.

Some Problems Can Be Solved by Upgrading an Existing Building Automation System

Because the initial investment in a BAS and EMCS are so significant, it’s important to try and extend the life of those systems as long as possible. A legacy upgrade can sometimes be a viable solution to extend the life of the original system, while integrating with current technology.

Building expansions can be a major problem for a Building Automation System, because systems are built to the unique specifications of a building’s size and needs. Expanding the building means the capacity of the BAS needs to be increased to accommodate the additional building systems and space. Legacy upgrades are a great way to increase the capacity of a BAS and solve this problem.

Problems with Proprietary Building Automation Systems

Solutions to proprietary building automation system problemsA whole new set of problems often arise for those using proprietary Building Automation Systems. Proprietary (as opposed to non-proprietary) BAS systems prevent customers from being able to receive service from anyone other than the manufacturer’s own service technicians. Customers are unable to incorporate technology or equipment from other manufacturers, even if there is a better option on the market.

The biggest problem with proprietary systems is that customers receive the best solution offered by that manufacturer while another options on the market might actually be a better fit for the project. The customer loses the freedom of choice almost entirely with proprietary systems.

Most BAS Systems Will Eventually Pay For Themselves in Energy Savings

We recommend customers avoid getting locked into proprietary BAS technology to ensure customers retain their freedom to choose the installer, service technician and equipment manufacturer best suited for their unique needs and budget. Take our Performance Challenge to help determine if the BAS in your building is proprietary or non-proprietary.

Regardless of any problems that come along with Building Automation and Energy Management Systems, these systems DO in fact have the potential to pay for themselves many times over throughout their lifespan.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more about BAS technology, BAS service plans, or if you're thinking about upgrading an existing BAS system, like an old Johnson Controls BAS system or Trane System.

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