It’s summer in Florida, and that can only mean one thing: air conditioning is no longer optional. High heat and humidity can turn even the best day into a miserable experience if you don’t have a way to keep yourself cool.
If you have yet to leap into the fantastic world of air conditioning, or your current unit is about to keel over, you may want to know more about modern air conditioning units, their installation process, and their common problems. Here’s a brief look at what to expect if you are installing a new air conditioning unit in Florida this year.
How long is it going to take to install?
The time it takes to correctly install an air conditioner drastically changes based on many factors. Installation times can range from a few minutes (for a window air conditioner) to several hours (for exterior units that require ventilation hookups). If you reside in an older home with limited to no ventilation, you may need to work with a contractor before installation. The complexity of your new unit and the accessibility of your old unit (if you have one) both contribute to time estimations. “As a general rule of thumb,” says one company, “the less you can see of an A/C system, the longer it may take to install…”
What do I need to know about my new air conditioner?
Again, the information required to operate an air conditioning unit adequately depends on the type of unit purchased. It’s a good idea to speak with your HVAC technician during the installation process to cover any maintenance expectations and operating procedures. Due to moderate year-round temperatures, most technicians compile a lot of knowledge on the units they install and maintain.
Because Florida air conditioners tend to be frequently used, make sure to ask about common breakdowns and troubleshooting methods to avoid additional overuse expenses down the road.
How do I know if something is wrong with my new unit?
Ideally, nothing would go wrong with a freshly-installed air conditioner, but sometimes machines can be unpredictable when operating in an environment outside of their testing facility. Check your unit regularly for things like leaks, strange smells, or gauges that aren’t functioning correctly.
It’s a good idea to check your air conditioning unit prior to its first use and after it’s last use each year. A feat that is easier said than done in Florida, as the time between the two is often short-lived. At the very least, inspect your unit annually. It’s usually easier to fix a small problem as soon as you notice it, rather than waiting until it becomes a more significant, more expensive issue.
Contact your local HVAC technicians if you have any questions about beating the Florida heat with a new air conditioning unit this year.