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How long does an AC unit last in Florida?

Published July 10, 2023 / By Big Bear Heating & Air

While living in sunny Florida has its perks, the constant heat can take a toll on your hardworking air conditioning system. If you find yourself contemplating if you should upgrade your AC system, you’re in the right place. In this blog, we will dive into the subject of how long an AC system will typically last, and what signs you can look for to know when it’s time for you to install a new system,

Increase your AC units longevity

The fundamental purpose of an AC system is to provide cool air in your home by removing the heat and humidity.  Typically, an air conditioner is designed to last about 10-20 years. However, the strength of the Florida heat and humidity creates a unique challenge as your system will have to work year-round with little to no breaks to keep your home cool. Additionally, living in a coastal area and near the salt water can amplify this predicament by causing corrosion on your AC components. This wet, hot and humid living environment in Florida will shorten the lifespan of your system to about 8-10 years. In saying this, getting regular maintenance with your local HVAC company can help increase your AC units longevity.

A regular AC tune-up is crucial to increasing the longevity of your system. Hiring a professional technician to work on your system will help detect any system malfunctions before you feel the effects of them in your home. This will also help you get on a proper schedule of cleaning your filters, drain lines, condensate pans, condenser coils and doing all the vital inspections on your system. Big Bear Heating and Air offers you to join our maintenance club and you can receive 10% off any parts and labor repairs!

Is it time to Install a new system?

Letting go of possessions you’ve had for years can be difficult, but on occasions it can be a necessary step. When considering the installation of a new air conditioning system, ask yourself the following questions:

  •       How old is my AC system now?
  •       Is my air conditioning system in need of frequent repair?
  •       How regular do I schedule maintenance on my system?
  •       Is there an HVAC company I trust to handle my replacement?
  •       How energy-efficient is my AC system?
  •       Does my Air conditioner function properly?


By candidly assessing your answer to these 6 important questions, you’ll be equipped with the answers needed to determine whether replacing your air conditioning system is the advisable course of action.

 In this blog, we have discussed the typical lifespan on an air conditioning system and what important questions to ask yourself when deciding to replace your system. Carefully consider the pros and cons of installing a new system.

By following these tips and making informed decisions you can enjoy long lasting cooling comfort in your Florida home.

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