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3 Important Things to Know Before You Replace Your Air Conditioner

If you’re thinking about replacing your current AC unit, there are a few things you need to consider before doing so. Sometimes it really is time to upgrade to a new unit, but other times it may be more beneficial that you invest in repairs. Every air conditioner and situation is different.

The great news is, our team can help you make that determination. There doesn’t have to be any guesswork involved when it comes to AC replacement in Vineland, NJ. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about the three key factors you need to consider before investing in an AC replacement.


The greatest concern for most homeowners is the cost of a new air conditioner. Depending on your wants and needs, an AC can cost thousands of dollars. It’s a really important investment and you want to make sure you’re making the right choice when you’re spending that much money. Our team can help talk to you about your usage, your expectations, and your budget to help you choose an air conditioner that fits all of your needs. 

And if a new AC is not within your budget right now, we may be able to help you make some minor repairs to your air conditioner to get you through another summer season so that you can save up and replace your air conditioner with a little bit more time to prepare. 


On the flip side of that, sometimes repairs on your current AC are much too expensive. Your manufacturer’s warranty only lasts for so long and any repairs after that period of time are on you. Sometimes it makes more sense to put your money into a new air conditioner instead of repairing your old one that may not last much longer anyway.

Plus, your new AC will come with a 10-year warranty, much longer than the warranties offered on older ACs. You won’t just get the peace of mind that comes with a brand-new AC. You’ll also have that backing to ensure if anything does go wrong unexpectedly, it’s covered. 

Keep in mind that you do have to invest in professional maintenance annually in order for your manufacturer’s warranty to remain in place. It’s part of your responsibility as a homeowner when it comes to caring for your investment. 

Energy Efficiency

If you decide to invest in a new AC now, we always recommend that you choose one with a high SEER2 rating, meaning that it’s highly energy efficient. You may spend a little more upfront on a more efficient unit, but you’ll also reap the benefits over its lifespan. Your energy bills will be significantly lower. Plus, using less energy means less wear and tear, so your unit can last longer than the average expected lifespan. 

Your comfort is our business at Elliott McElwee. Contact our team today to schedule your appointment for an AC installation.

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