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How to Keep Your AC Up and Running: An Interview with Jody French of French's Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Services

By Jody French

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a 25-year old commercial and residential statewide A/C and refrigeration company that offers sales-service and installation of all your small and large A/C and refrigeration projects and needs.

What are some of the most common reasons why people's air conditioning systems in Florida break down, need repair or need to be replaced?

Some of the most common reasons for AC systems in Florida breaking down are A) excessive runtime due to high heat and humidity factors in Florida which will cause major wear and tear on systems; B) Florida is well known for the lightning capital and consistent power outages or surges due to lightning strikes will shorten the life of your system if not protected properly with surge protectors; C) one of the main factors with AC systems breaking down is lack of proper maintenance, such as not changing filters, which normally results in freeze ups or cleaning drain lines which cause a wet mess when they clog up due to lack of maintenance.

Is there anything that a homeowner can do to help avoid paying for unnecessary AC repairs?

To prevent unnecessary repair costs, you should have your AC system serviced two times annually! Spring and fall preferably. And clean or change your air filter once a month to maintain proper airflow and prevent freeze ups.

Can you briefly describe what an ideal maintenance plan would be?

The ideal maintenance plan to service and tune-up your system would be twice a year. Once in the early spring and once in early fall. This is to assure yourself that you will not sweat or freeze beyond your comfort zone.

What are some of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to using air conditioning?

Most mistakes people make with their AC systems are A) people set them way too cold to a point where their system can't cycle off and rest, which causes freeze up of evaporator coils inside. A good temperature setting thats ideal to prevent freeze up would be 75-78 degrees Fahrenheit; and B) people forget to change their air filters, which will restrict airflow and cause a major freeze up of indoor evaporator coils.

Do you have any tips to help homeowners decide when they should repair their AC versus replacing it?

A good rule of thumb to consider when it comes to major repairs versus replacement is the age, condition and most of all efficiency of your existing system. If your system is 8-10 years old you should consider replacement. If it is not at least a 13 seer system or higher you should upgrade, and if it is costing you a lot in repairs each year, then you should definitely consider replacement for your own comfort and peace of mind.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

If you would like to contact our company for any of your A/C, heating or refrigeration needs, residential or commercial, we offer sales-service & installation and free estimates! So please, feel free to contact our company by phone at 941-746-8939 and fax at 941-755-4094. My direct email address is jhfrench512@aol.com. Good luck and please remember, "We help you keep your cool!"

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