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How Long Should My Air Conditioning System Last Before Needing to Be Replaced?

25 Feb
air conditioners

To make your ac system last as long as possible, follow these guidelines…

SWFL is a unique area with a subtropical climate and many of our residents are here seasonally.

When it comes to an air conditioning system, many individuals who live up north have the same expectations for their ac systems here in Southwest Florida.

We are often asked, “how long should my air conditioning system last”?

That is a question that can’t be answered simply because there are many variables that come into play:

  • How old is the ac unit?
  • How often is maintenance performed?
  • How often do you change the filter?
  • Do you keep debris away from the outside unit?
  • How often does it run?
  • As soon as you hear a noise or problem, do you get it fixed or let it go until a breakdown happens?
  • Is your ac unit the correct size for the space (not oversized or undersized)?

In SWFL, the average ac unit is running about 3000 hours a year and that will rack up many miles quickly. There are some really good thermostats on the market that feature apps that you can download to your phone to control the temperature from any location.

For example, if you are away from home, you can increase the temperature and when you know you are going to return, open the app on your phone and decrease the temperature to make your home cooler by the time you arrive.

This will save on electricity and the amount of time your ac unit is running. To answer the question how long should your ac unit last before it needs to be replaced? On average is between 8 to 14 years.

In SWFL, ac systems don’t last as long as they do up north due to our sub tropical environment plus chemicals from salt-water, sulphur and farming (many communities are built on old farmland).

To get the most life out of your ac system and to try to make it last as long as possible before having to be replaced:

  • Change the filter on a regular basis – Tip: when you change the filter write the date on the side of the filter facing out so you can easily keep track of the last time it was changed.
  • Regular maintenance – Tip: It is a good idea to sign up for a maintenance agreement so that your ac system will be serviced twice a year.
  • The size of your unit – Tip: Have an HVAC contractor install your ac unit since they can help you decide on the best unit to fit your needs and space.
  • Have problems fixed in a timely manner – Tip: As soon as you hear a noise or detect an issue, call an HVAC contractor to fix it. Letting a problem go on can cause more damage over time.

The life of your ac unit depends mostly on you and how you care for your ac unit once it is installed by having regular maintenance done and having problems that arise fixed right away.

RDS Air Conditioning is ready to help with all of your air conditioning system needs. We install new ac systems in residential and commercial buildings, perform ac repair, ac maintenance and we have many customers in SWFL who depend on us to keep their ac systems running at full capacity.

We also offer a comprehensive maintenance package. Give us a call to get started (239-313-9174). Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

Buying a Previously Owned Home? Is it Cool Enough?

18 May
welcome to Florida sign

If you are moving to Florida and buying a home consider this…

We all know Southwest Florida is like living in paradise. We have beautiful beaches, blue skies and wonderful winter weather.

Did you know that 1000 people move to Florida each day? And according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent population estimates, Southwest Florida is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation.

On the flip side, there are many people moving out of Florida each month so this adds up to a lot of people coming and going. All of these people need someplace to live and many will purchase a home.

If you are planning to purchase a previously owned home in Florida there are the usual questions:

  • When was the home built
  • How old is the roof
  • Inspections for plumbing, electrical and structure
  • Check for any leans on the home (make sure deed is free and clear)
  • Bug and rodent inspection
  • Ask about water system and quality
  • Flooding info
  • Zoning
  • Wetland info

It is also important to inquire about the a/c unit. A new a/c unit could be a big expense (if a new unit is needed) so make sure to have the a/c unit checked as well.

If a home is 10 years old and has the original a/c system ask about maintenance history and cooling efficiency but better still have it checked out.

An a/c system may seem fine but you can’t really tell unless you have a professional take a closer look. After the expense of purchasing a home, adding or upgrading furnishings it would be unsettling if the air conditioning unit failed and you had to add the expense of installing a new one.

If the a/c unit is old and in need of repair or replacing, that is something you can use to negotiate when making an offer to purchase a home.

Call RDS Air Conditioning if you would like us to check out an a/c unit before you purchase a home or for maintenance or repair. We install, maintain and service all residential and small commercial a/c units.

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Is Your A/C System Putting Your Home at Risk for Fire and Water Damage?

15 Dec

water damage from a/c unit

Maintaining your air conditioning system is important because it constantly runs and coupled with the hot weather in Southwest Florida, there are many things that can go wrong.

Regular maintenance can often catch problems early or prevent them from happening.

One common problem that can occur from negleting having your a/c unit regularly serviced is water damage to your home.

Water damage can occur when the drain line to your a/c system becomes clogged.

The accumulation of dirt, debris, algae and even mold in the drain line causes it to become clogged.

How does dirt enter the drain line?

  • If your air conditioner is running without a filter or you wait longer than you should to change the filter
  •  A lot of construction being done in our area causes extra dirt and debris to float in the air
  • Dirt and debris that normally floats around in the air

What can happen if my drain line gets clogged?

  • Thousands of dollars in water damage to your home – The water backs up in your a/c unit’s drain pan because the water must have someplace to go.
  • Fire – A fire can start in your home due to leaking water backing up and reaching electrical parts in your a/c unit.
  • Harmful contamanents grow in your a/c drain line – Mold, mildew, virus’ and bacteria.

What are signs that my drain line is clogged?

  • Noticing stains on your ceiling
  • Your a/c unit stops working
  • Your home feels more humid than normal
  • You notice water actually leaking from your ceiling

Preventing your air conditioner’s drain line from clogging is easy. Change your a/c unit’s filter on time (every month or two). If you have pets or a lot of dust in your home, you may need to change it more often.

Scheduling regular maintenance from a professional a/c contractor will help keep the line clear and your a/c unit running at max potential.

A float switch can be installed to shut off your cooling system if it detects that water is backing up before it gets too far.

RDS Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated business in Estero Florida serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers Florida. With over 25 years of experience. Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713.

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Tips to Get your A/C Unit Ready for Summer 2015

5 Jun
man sweating

If your a/c unit breaks down at your home or business, in this heat, you will be very uncomfortable

Summer is just around the corner but we are already experiencing temperatures in the 90’s so your a/c unit is very important for keeping
you cool and comfortable.

If something goes wrong during this intense heat, inside your home or business can become extremely hot and uncomfortable very quickly.

Use these tips to ensure your air conditioner continues to cool your home or business during the summer heat and all year long as well.

Keep filters clean or replace them each month or every three months. If there is a lot of dust in your home (ie, you live near a high construction area or you have pets that shed often), you may have to change them more like every month.

Have the condenser coils and fan cleaned as they tends to accumulate dirt, pollen and debris due to them being located outside all year long. Dirty condenser coils will make your air conditioner run less efficiently, increase your energy bill and can cause your a/c unit to break down.

Remove any leaves, mulch, branches or other debris that may accumulate around the base of your a/c unit which will block air flow and cause your air conditioner to work harder plus diminish the life of your a/c unit.

Have the coolant lines checked because if there is any damage or leaks, coolant can leak out and will cause the air coming into your home or business from your a/c unit to be warmer than it should.

Have a test run on your a/c unit to make sure it is functioning properly and all components are in working order to ensure continuous cooling without a breakdown.

Also, if you are told you need a new air conditioning system, call us at RDS Air Conditioning as we can often get your current a/c unit working again to stave off the big expense of purchasing a new a/c unit.

Many people are engaging in outside activities all summer long and it is a huge inconvenience when you go indoors to cool off and there is no cool air in your home due to a/c trouble.

Having your air conditioning unit serviced and maintained on a regular basis will help your a/c system last longer, avoid a breakdown, run more efficiently and reduce costs on your energy bill.

RDS Air Conditioning Services, Inc. is a family owned and operated business in Estero Florida serving customers in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft Myers and Cape Coral . We provide prompt service with a friendly and respectful attitude and will return your phone call promptly. We are a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713.

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Common Summer A/C Issues that Can Affect Your Business

27 Apr
girls at a coffee shop

Regular a/c maintenance can help deflect a potential disaster for your business.

A commercial business heavily depends on its air conditioning system, especially during summer months, to keep its employees and customers cool and comfortable.

As a business owner, you usually have no control over how many windows are in your establishment plus these windows tend to be large.

So, your a/c system has to work harder to keep the building cool.

Use these tips to save money on the cost of cooling your business:

  • Have your thermostat checked – Although your thermostat may appear to be working, it may not be working efficiently so ask your a/c contractor to check it out. An inefficient thermostat can cost you hundreds of dollars each year.
  • Change your a/c filter regularly – If your a/c unit is running continuously, your filter may have to be changed as much as 3 times per year for proper air quality and to help keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently.
  • Regular maintenance – Scheduling regular maintenance for your a/c unit will ensure it is working properly. If your compressor starts to drag, your a/c unit will have to work harder which will cost you more in cooling costs. Also, to reduce the risk of shorts in your electrical system and for increased safety, regular a/c maintenence is important.
  • Inside and outside must be maintained – Both, the inside and outside parts of your a/c system need regular maintenance to keep the whole system running efficiently. The outside part (condensor) can accumulate dirt and debris from being outside all of the time and parts needs regular cleaning which are completed during a maintenance visit.

If you notice an increase in your electric bill, it is a big possibility that there is something going on with your a/c unit.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713 who has a fantastic reputation serving Southwest Florida for many years.

We specialize in residential and small commercial air conditioning installation, maintenance and repair.

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

You May Not Be The Only One Living on Your Property!

17 Feb
Ants in your a/c unit

If your a/c unit looks like this, hopefully it is not too late to do something about it.

With the the continued winter storms causing freezing temperatures in northern states, living in Southwest Florida (SWFL) just keeps getting better.

Although you may enjoy your property in SWFL, there are others you don’t realize who may be enjoying your property too!

Florida with its warm weather and levels of rainfall is very attractive to the ant.

In Florida, according to AntWeb, there are 221 ant species and they enjoy a variety of outdoor nesting locations including rotten logs, leaf litter, tree limbs and all types of soils.

Although ants seem to enjoy living in natural habitats, they often take up residence in man made areas as well.

Your air conditioner is a man made item that you see as keeping your home cool, decreasing humidity and circulating the air in your home but ants view your air conditioner as a luxurious hotel ready for them to move in!

Ants are always seeking moisture and warmth so they love to form nests on your a/c unit’s coils because that is the perfect place to find both. Ants produce enzymes that can corrode coils and cause your a/c unit to leak plus they can ruin other components.

Usually, you will not notice ants living in your a/c unit until damage is already done.

Once ants take over your a/c unit and cause extensive damage, your a/c unit may need to be replaced leaving you with a big expense. There is a way to reduce the chance of ants destroying your air conditioner and that is with regular a/c maintenance.

With regular maintenance, the components inside your a/c unit are checked and cleaned so if there are any ants living inside your air conditioner, they will be found.

RDS Air Conditioning offers a comprehensive affordable maintenance package to keep your a/c unit running at full capacity and if there are any ants residing in your air conditioner, they will be found!

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713

What To Look For – Air Conditioning Maintenance Agreements

14 Oct
Choose the right a/c maintenance agreement

Having an a/c maintenance agreement can save you money and prevent a/c down time.

It has happened to many of us. Your air conditioner breaks down after business hours, at night or on the weekend.

You find yourself waiting for a repairman in unbearable heat, and paying an exorbitant amount for service in overtime or off time.

One of the biggest benefits of some maintenance agreements include no astronomical overtime charges. If you have the right contract, you can get more benefits than you may think.

Different air conditioning companies offer different services and benefits in their maintenance agreements.

What to look for in a Maintenance Agreement:

– Frequency

Some individuals, especially those returning after being away for the season, opt to have their air conditioning equipment serviced once a year. More frequency, such as semi-annual maintenance, can keep your equipment always clean and running at full capacity.

Air flow is a primary issue. Dirty screens become clogged with debris, which blocks air flow. Better air flow makes for more efficiency, healthier air and lower utility bills.

– Level of Service

Some companies offer status as a priority customer, preferences with maintenance and service, plus discounts for additional systems. Different discounts on labor and parts may apply for additional systems at the same location as well as no overtime labor rates.

– Humidity

When your air conditioning system isn’t working at full capacity, or stops working altogether, heat and humidity build quickly.

Air conditioning systems not only cool a home or business, they also remove humidity. Mold and mildew thrive in high humidity. High humidity, mold and mildew can cause damage to furniture, electronics, cabinets and more.

— Addition to Property Value

Besides prolonging the life of your unit, some agreements are transferable to a new owner, something you can offer if you wish to sell.

– Specific services to look for in a quality maintenance agreement:

  • Cleaning of outdoor a/c coils
  • Cleaning of indoor evaporator coil
  • Cleaning and flushing condensate drain line
  • Placing anti-bacterial tablets in drain pan
  • Lubricating motors and contactors if needed
  • The checking of electrical connections, overall operation of equipment and power consumption on outdoor unit
  • Checking for proper temperature drop (cooling) and thermostat operation
  • Visual inspection of equipment
  • Replacing or cleaning air filters
  • Discounts for additional systems at same location.
  • Discounts on labor and parts for service calls and repair plus the waiving of overtime rates.
  •  Agreements should include all material needed to complete these tune-ups.

Some companies, such as RDS Air Conditioning, also offer a more comprehensive A/C Protection Plan. This can include parts and labor in the event of a breakdown, and if the system requires replacement, the unused balance will be credited to use towards a new unit.

RDS Air Conditioning specializes in servicing, repairing and installing a/c units for residential and commercial clients.  Maintenance Agreements are semi-annual and affordable. Serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor. Lic. #CAC1816713. Don’t settle for less, Use RDS!