When it comes to the heat in Florida, summertime is the most grueling. With outdoor temperatures in the upper 90’s at maximum humidity, to say it’s pretty hot out in the summertime is a complete understatement. If your air conditioner is struggling despite it not being very old, there could be a few different reasons for this. Here’s a few reasons that your Florida air conditioner may not last as long:
- You aren’t maintaining it as often as you should.
Air conditioning maintenance is a critical element to expanding the life of your air conditioning unit. If you’re not regularly servicing your unit, it has to work harder and use more energy to maintain the temperature inside your home and therefore parts that are typically replaced less frequently will need to be repaired or replaced because of the additional strain. Be sure to maintain your air conditioning unit and have it serviced every 6 months to maintain optimal efficiency and prolong the life of your unit.
- You aren’t changing your filter as often as you should.
Your air conditioning filters should be changed at minimum every 30 days. This helps reduce air flow restriction and helps your system efficiently suck in air through your return vent. If your filter is clogged with debris, pet hair and other environmental dirt and allergens, your system has to work harder to pull air in and the system can break more easily due to the excessive strain.
- You have unrealistic expectations for the life of the unit.
The fact of the matter is that air conditioning units in Florida are used twice as much as air conditioners in states with colder winters. For this reason, it’s very likely that your air conditioner may only last 8-10 years. Once your air conditioner reaches 8-10 years of age, it’s important to consider that it may need to be replaced. Since our air conditioners are often running year round, and work particularly hard in the summer, Florida air conditioners may not last as long as air conditioners in cooler states.
Understanding how your air conditioner works, how hard it work and why maintenance items are so important can end up saving you a lot of money. Have realistic expectations about how long your air conditioner will last and make the necessary budgetary plans to replace around the 10 year mark.
If you have more questions about your Florida air conditioner replacement, please contact us.