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The FL consumer protection laws (and the federal laws) do not have a law regarding disclosure of manufacture date of these types of items (unlike a car) because these items can be sold as new if never installed as they are considered items with "shelf life." While they do not have obligation to inform you of the year of manufacture, all they have responsibility for under both the FL laws and the federal Manguson Moss Warranty Act is to honor their warranty. I am afraid that if the unit is under warranty that excludes parts, I am afraid that is all they are bound to and you do not have recourse to seek more unless you can prove the unit has a manufacturing defect and it is more than just a warranty issue.
In FL, which follows the Third Restatement of Torts on product liability
, if you prove the product was defectively manufactured, then the manufacturer is strictly liable for all of the damages to repair the unit. Of course, this means needing an engineer to examine why the unit failed and freon leaked to determine whether or not it was a manufacturing defect or just that the part failed. I am afraid that would be your only recourse to recover more than the warranty provides.
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