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My Air Conditioner is Dying, and I Need a New One…Now What?

We discussed in our previous article the 3 signs that you need to replace your aging air conditioner. But let’s say you full well know that you need to get it replaced.

We discussed in our previous article the 3 signs that you need to replace your aging air conditioner. But let’s say you full well know that you need to get it replaced.

Now what? What are your options?

Finding a new cooling unit can be a huge hassle if you’re not quite sure where to start.

Here are some resources that can help you take the next step.

Use a buyer’s guide

To get you started, use this air conditioner buyer’s guide from Consumer Reports. In it you’ll find:

  • Where to get started
  • Types of air conditioners
  • Comparisons of air conditioner brands
  • Features to consider

Shop for energy efficiency

So what should you be looking for when shopping for a new air conditioner?

One factor you should look at is how energy efficient it is.

The key to understanding an air conditioner’s energy efficiency is its SEER rating.


You can read more about see in this blog post: Purchasing a New Air Conditioner? Seriously Consider SEER.

Consider a heat pump if you also need to replace your furnace

Chances are, if you bought your air conditioner and furnace at the same time, they both need to be replaced in order to have a perfectly matched system and avoid voiding your system’s warranty.

If you do need to replace both, consider installing a heat pump.

A heat pump is an air conditioner that can also work in reverse to heat your home. So it can effectively replace your air conditioner and furnace.

Learn more about heat pumps in our blog posts: Can a Heat Pump Replace My Air Conditioner and Furnace? and Looking to goUltra Green? Consider a Geothermal Heat Pump.

Find the right contractor

Once you’ve found the cooling unit you want, you need to find the right Sarasota-area contractor.


We cover a majority of the things you should look for in a previous blog post: How To Choose the Right Contractor To Work At Your Home.

A few things that aren’t covered in that article include finding a contractor that has NATE certified technicians and a financing plan with multiple payment options. Read more on those articles to make sure you’re getting a quality installation with easy payment options.

Taking the next step

Hopefully you’ll find these resources helpful in your search for a new cooling system.

If you need help finding the one that fits your needs, feel free to ask our HVAC experts for help.