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The Ultimate Guide To Air Conditioner Replacement

Is your AC on the fritz again? Struggling to sleep in a sweaty inferno? Well, if you're on the hunt for a new air conditioning unit and thinking about buying an air conditioner, you’ve just hit the jackpot.

Did you know that replacing your old AC with a new, high-efficiency model can slash your energy use by a cool 20% to 50%? That translates to significant savings on your electricity bill!

But of course, we get it, this might seem like a project filled with too many questions and not enough answers. But guess what? It doesn't have to be that way. Our experts here at GJ Appliances HVAC give you a straightforward, no-frills path to finding your perfect AC without breaking a sweat.

Let’s turn the heat down and up the comfort together!

FYI: Different Types of Air Conditioners on the Market

Central Air Conditioning

Ideal for cooling multiple rooms or an entire home. Central AC also requires only a bit more upfront work, as it needs ductwork to operate. But if your home already has ducts in place, you're one step ahead! However, if not, installing ducts is an investment that pays off in comprehensive, efficient cooling.

Ductless Mini-Splits

Perfect for homes without existing ductwork, yet still offering efficient cooling and heating. Plus, each unit operates independently, allowing you to control temperatures in individual rooms or zones. Want your bedroom cooler than your kitchen? No problem!

For these, you need an outdoor compressor to connect to one or more indoor units, requiring only a small hole in the wall for the conduit.

Window Units

A good option for cooling single rooms. When simplicity and budget-friendliness are key, they got you covered! Plus, they are also relatively easy to install and can be done without professional help in most cases. And when the seasons change, you can remove and store them away.

Portable Air Conditioners

With caster wheels and a compact design, these units can easily move from room to room, providing you with cooling wherever it’s needed. Also, only minimal installation effort is required for these portable options. Just plug it in, vent it through a window using the provided kit, and you're all set!

Besides cooling, many of these units already come with dehumidifying functions and other features–Perfect for rental homes, temporary spaces, or areas where a permanent installation isn't feasible.

Buying a New Air Conditioner 101

Home Size and Layout

For sprawling spaces, a central air conditioning system can distribute cool air uniformly, ensuring every corner gets a brush of freshness.

On the flip side, if you're cozying up in a smaller apartment, a portable or window unit can be your go-to option here, still offering an efficient and convenient solution without the need for extensive installation.


Residing in areas where the thermometer loves to climb higher means you'll need an AC unit that's robust with a higher cooling capacity to counter the intense heat.

Energy Efficiency

  • SEER Ratings: A higher number means the unit can cool more space while using less energy, translating into lower utility bills for you. So aim for a champion with a SEER rating of 13 or higher. This might mean shelling out a bit more upfront, but the savings on your energy bills will be worth it in the long run!

  • Energy Star Certification: Units certified by ENERGY STAR are guaranteed to consume less energy–saving you money and protecting the environment.

Features and Technology

Programmable Thermostats

Imagine your air conditioner knowing exactly when to cool your home based on your schedule, without you having to lift a finger. Heading to work? Set it to a higher temperature. About to come home? Program it to cool down your space just in time for your arrival.

Variable Speed Motors

This means your AC can operate at lower speeds for longer periods, providing consistent temperature control, reducing humidity, and using less electricity than units that cycle on and off.

Smart ACs

Welcome to the future! Now, AC can be controlled from anywhere using your smartphone app. Did you forget to turn yours off before leaving for a vacation? A tap on your phone can fix that. Want to come home to a perfectly chilled living space? Set it from the office.

Beyond the convenience, smart ACs can provide insights into your energy usage, suggesting ways to improve efficiency and even diagnose maintenance needs before they become problems.

Maintenance and Durability

Consider easy access to filters for cleaning or replacing and straightforward instructions for regular upkeep. A user-friendly unit can make all the difference in ensuring your AC runs smoothly year after year, keeping those repair costs low and your comfort high.

Also, look for warranties that cover both the unit and the labor for installation. This dual coverage ensures that if anything goes awry, you won't be left sweating over unexpected expenses.

Cost Considerations

Initial Investment vs. Long-Term Savings

High-efficiency ACs often come with a higher price tag, but they're the gift that keeps on giving. They're designed to consume less energy, which means lower utility bills month after month. And over time, these savings can add up, offsetting the initial investment and even putting money back in your pocket.

Installation Costs

Yes, the upfront cost isn’t the end of the story here. You need to opt for professional installation, too! These costs can vary widely based on the type of air conditioner you choose and the specifics of your home’s setup. Getting quotes from reputable installers can help you budget effectively and avoid any surprises.

Best Air Conditioner Buying Guide: Trust GJ Appliances HVAC

Tailored Solution

We start with a thorough assessment of your space, considering factors such as square footage, insulation quality, and your personal comfort preferences. Then, based on our assessment, we provide the type of air conditioner that best suits your needs, and budget, ensuring optimal efficiency and comfort without compromising on quality or performance.

Professional Air Conditioning Installation

We guarantee every aspect of our service, from the parts we sell and install to the labor and time put into every job. Our factory-trained technicians can not only save you time, but money. We guarantee we’ll get the job done right, at the lowest possible cost.

Transparent Air Conditioner Replacement Cost

We offer detailed estimates and pricing before beginning any work. This way, you know what to expect.

Ready for A Cooler Home?

Contact Us Today for professional HVAC service, repair, and installation. Experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your air conditioner was chosen and installed by experts.

Same-day service is available!

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