Air Conditioning


These days, air conditioning (AC) is no longer a luxury. When outdoor temperatures soar, you want the cool comfort an air conditioning system brings to your New Jersey home.

At 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning, our team of heating and cooling experts can help you manage the level of comfort you want. As a company, we stay current on our professional education and training to bring top technologies and techniques to you. You can rest assured we will recommend exactly what you need.

With our years of experience in the Howell area, you can rely on us for your air conditioner’s installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance. We work with all makes and models of air conditioners, so that is never a concern for you. Your satisfaction means everything to us.

Air Conditioning Installation and Replacement

If your air conditioner has reached the point where repairs no longer do the job or your home’s energy efficiency is at an all-time low, you may need a new system. When your Howell home is ready for a new or replacement air conditioner, our 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning professionals will install your cooling system without delay.

How do you know if you need a replacement air conditioner?

Here are some of the most common issues. Your unit is:

Approaching the end of its life span, usually between 15 and 20 years

Efficiency decreases as your system gets closer to the end of its life. You want to act proactively to plan what your replacement purchase will be instead of reacting when your system unexpectedly quits. This can save you money.

Experiencing more and more repairs

Similar to when your car requires more and more repairs, there comes a time for evaluation. Are you spending more in repairs than it would cost to invest in a new system? If the answer is yes, call and talk to one of our knowledgeable team members to discuss your options.

Showing signs of running inefficiently

How can you tell if your air conditioner is running inefficiently? A good indication is if your energy bills are increasing and your utility company’s rates remain steady.

This typically demonstrates it’s taking longer for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to cool down your New Jersey home to your preferred comfort level. Your system is running longer and using more energy than it should in this case—an increase in energy costs.

If you notice any of these signs with your air conditioner, or if you suspect another reason for needing a replacement, talk to one of our 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning team members. We will design a system best matched for your comfort needs and budget. Our experts are always here to help you.

We also offer several financing options to help if this is a concern. Contact us to discuss how our team can guide you through our process.

Air Conditioning Repairs

Not having your air conditioner working on the hottest of days in New Jersey can be exasperating. Whenever you need a repair, let our heating and cooling experts quickly remedy it for you.

There are many ways your air conditioner can stop working in its normal capacity. A few symptoms you could experience are:

  • Hearing an unusual noise
  • Feeling warm air coming from your vents
  • Smelling an unusual odor like burning
  • Noticing your air conditioner is frozen
  • Leaking water

These symptoms mean you have an issue with your air conditioner. Ignoring problems usually only makes them bigger and more costly. Our recommendation is to have one of our 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning team members promptly diagnose and repair the issue for you.

Sometimes a repair turns into an emergency. Give us a call when it’s urgent. We are here 24/7 for you.

When you do need our professionals to make a repair, you can count on it staying repaired. We make our repairs right the first time—and only use the highest quality parts and materials when working on your system. Our experts are always here for you.

Air Conditioning Maintenance

Keeping your air conditioner in its best operating condition is your goal. You want your system inspected, cleaned, and tuned up on a regular basis to help avoid unexpected and costly repairs and breakdowns.

Routine maintenance by our trained and experienced 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning team helps your air conditioner cool your Howell home efficiently and reliably. With annual professional care, you may experience maintenance benefits such as improved energy efficiency, extended system life span, and decreased emergencies.

We recommend having our experts prep your air conditioner before you use it for the first time in the spring to give you consistent cooling all season.

To help you manage your maintenance, talk to us about our maintenance program, 1st Choice Comfort Club. Your air conditioner tune-up and inspection are part of the plan, so call and speak with one of our educated and friendly team members about our program today.

Trust 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning With All Your Air Conditioning Needs

We provide all the services you need to achieve the level of cooling comfort you want in your Howell, NJ, home from your air conditioner. Call 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning at 732-256-9149 or request service online today to schedule your air conditioning installation, replacement, repair, or maintenance.

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Customer Reviews

Air Conditioner Replacement in Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

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August 23, 2023

“From the very first phone call to install, Chris and the guys and of course Gabe were very professional!! Very thorough and cleaned up completely when done with the new install of furnace and AC we switched from oil heat to gas heat. I would recommend 100%.”

- Debbie T.

Air Conditioner Installation in Wall, NJ 07719

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March 10, 2023

“I had 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning replace both my water heater and heating/air conditioning unit. Chris came to give us an estimate and answered all our questions. Justin and Tom did the install and they were extremely knowledgeable and professional. They showed up when they said they would which I feel is huge. They reviewed the new systems with us and cleaned up the area when they were finished. I couldn't have asked for better service. I highly recommend 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning!”

- Kathleen T.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Howell, NJ 07731

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September 3, 2022

“We recently hired 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning to replace our HVAC system. Of all the quotes I received, Chris was the most thorough and knowledgable while explaining both his recommendation and pricing. His load calculation service was impressive, he took over 1.5 hours after we hired him to measure our entire house to ensure the correct size unit was installed. Chris also quoted us same day while we had to wait days for other quotes.

On installation day, Luke and Ryan performed a professional job. That morning, I received an email with the name of my installers, a picture, and even some fun facts about them. Such a great touch. They had to rebuild some of the connections due to where our gas and exhaust lines were, and they were meticulous and took their time. They stayed until the job was completely done, even though it was a long day. They were friendly, personable and cleaned up meticulously. I have to add, that they even helped us retrieve our dog when he got out while they were here. Certainly an above and beyond service all around! Highly Recommend!”

– Angela R.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Howell, NJ O8840

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April 22, 2022

“Love First Choice and Angel is our go to for technicians. Always thorough and makes sure I understand what’s going on with our system. Highly recommend.”

– Michelle S.

Air Conditioner Installation in Wall, NJ 07719

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August 22, 2021

“Heating and A/C system has been reliable and performed well since installation more than a year ago. The Trane system recommended by 1st Choice kept me warm and cool since the very professional installation last August.”

– Wiliam L.

Air Conditioner Repair in Oakhurst, NJ 07755

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August 11, 2021

“We could not be any happier with your service!! James was so pleasant and helpful. He explained exactly what he did to fix our air conditioner and even found a small leak in our gas line that he took care of for us! Highly recommend your company and James! Thanks again!”

– Sandra C.

Air Conditioner Repair in Brick, NJ 08723

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July 14, 2021

“Thank you for sending Michael. He solved my air-conditioning problem.”

– Toni C.

Air Conditioner Repair in Normandy Beach, NJ 08739

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July 14, 2021

“He did an excellent job. Very clear helping me understand the system I would highly recommend James and 1st Choice!”

– John S.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Freehold, NJ 07728

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April 14, 2021

“Justin was a great technician who came for the seasonal maintenance on the A/C and fielded questions we had about the furnace. I appreciate his open dialogue and I learned more about the systems operation. He's an asset to the company.”

– Michael T.

Air Conditioner Installation in Brick, NJ 08724

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February 25, 2021

“Could not be more pleased with the installation of two new A/C systems for our house. Our space was carefully evaluated, allowing us to make the right system choice that fit our budget. Mike, James, and the rest of the techs that did the installation were professional, thorough, and communicated with us during every step of the process, which was very involved. They were truly outstanding. I highly recommend 1st Choice to anyone looking for quality work done right.”

– Richard K.

Air Conditioner Repair in Monmouth County, NJ 07720

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October 21, 2020

“Hi. Don't have Facebook or use google, but service is excellent. Glad I called to have your company come here a few months ago”

– Bob P.

Air Conditioner Repair in Freehold, NJ 07728

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August 3, 2020

“Our service technician, Justin was fantastic. He arrived promptly and quickly and effectively diagnosed and repaired our AC unit during the worst heat wave of the season. Will certainly call him again in the future for all our repair and installation needs.”

– Chris P.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07752

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July 31, 2020

“We researched and met with several HVAC Contractors over the past year as we knew the time was coming for our system to be replaced. Wow…what a variance in the knowledge, professionalism, and of course cost, across the list of contractors we spoke with. We did not feel comfortable selecting to work with anyone on this important project and significant investment until meeting Chris Riley the owner of 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning.

It was clear from the start that not only did Chris have tremendous experience and knowledge regarding today's advanced HVAC systems, it was also clear his top priority was making sure all of our needs were appropriately met from equipment selection to budget considerations…the customer truly comes first with Chris. Out of the four contractors we met with, Chris was the ONLY one to recommend and perform a load analysis on our home. It turned out to be critical as it was determined one of our zones was over sized. Other contractors simply wanted to replace exactly what we had and never even brought up the subject of proper sizing. Well, not surprisingly, everything went absolutely GREAT with our install.

Gabe and Denise were wonderful to work with during the scheduling process, arranging temporary window units, obtaining permits, warranty documents, etc. The installers Brian and Chris (not the owner) were very professional and clearly experienced and always more than happy to answer any questions. Even the young man handling the deliveries and hauling the old equipment away was very nice. They worked so quietly we hardly knew an HVAC install was going on, and they left everything spotless.

Chris Riley (the owner) came out a week later to make sure everything was working properly and that we were thoroughly pleased with the work. He even made a few system adjustments to make sure everything was performing optimally. Cannot believe many owners personally take the time and go to this extent these days to ensure complete customer satisfaction. A couple days after Chris's visit we had some additional questions about the performance of the new equipment. Chris arranged for one of his top service technicians, Justin, to come out to address the questions and ensure the systems were adjusted to the most optimal settings. Due to our tremendous personal experience, we are happy to enthusiastically recommend Chris Riley and his team at 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning for any home comfort needs you may have.”

– Peter L.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Howell, NJ 07731

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July 15, 2019

“Recent visit from Justin E. went very well, impressed with his professionalism and courtesy. Thanks for the help Justin”

– Adam S.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Monmouth County, NJ 07712

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July 12, 2019

“Justin was friendly and knowledgeable – explained every service he was doing very professional would be happy for to have him next time”

– Grace F.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Toms River, NJ 08755

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October 12, 2018

“Our HVAC system quit during a hot spell this summer. We called 3 different companies to give us a quote. Chris was the only one who took the time to actually measure our house and check to see that we got the proper system for our home. His pricing was competitive and they were very responsive. We chose them to complete the work and everything was done when they said it would be done. The team was neat and professional. When they were done and left our house, there was no sign they had ever been there other than the fact it was now comfortable.

A few days after the installation, we got a call that Chris wanted to come back out and verify that all was good as a part of their service – I don't remember another service company ever doing that before. They are usually done and gone. Chris came back and went over the system again and showed us what we could do and what they would take care of as part of the first year service included with the system.

It was a pleasure to have Chris and his team take care of this problem. I would encourage my friends and family to speak with him when they have a problem with their HVAC.”

– Duane H.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Manalapan, NJ 07726

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July 19, 2018

“Todd was super helpful, knowledgeable, and detailed in his service. Was very easy and pleasant working with him.”

– Sonia T.

Air Conditioner Installation in Toms River, NJ 08757

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July 9, 2018

“My AC went out during the heat wave we just had and Christopher, the owner, lent me some window units so I could keep cool through the weekend. Dave and Joe just left and I couldn't be happier with my new air conditioner! They were very polite and considerate, they worked hard and cleaned up after themselves and my house is cooling better than it ever has. I'm going to recommend 1st Choice to anyone and everyone who asks me because I can't say it enough: this is the company you want if you ever need your AC fixed. A great big thank you to the whole team at 1st Choice!!” – Marianne C.

- Marianne C.

Air Conditioner Repair in Howell, NJ 08759

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July 4, 2018

“Incredible. Chris fit me in his busy day when temps reached 100 and my AC crapped out. He found a bad capacitor in the condenser within minutes it was replaced and we were back and running.

I know I’ll be replacing my again AC next season, and Chris will be the only one I’d think to call. Awesome, honest and friendly service.”

– John C.

Air Conditioner Repair in Toms River, NJ 08757

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July 3, 2018

“When I arrived at my 98 year old mom’s house on Saturday June 30,2018 the temp was 91. I found 1st choice phone number in the yellow pages. Chris arrived within a couple of hours and did some overdue maintenance. When I left several hours later the house had cooled down. By then my mom needed a sweater….”

– Vito D.

Air Conditioner Repair in Ocean County, NJ 08735

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July 2, 2018

“Wow, Chris was amazing! It was the 3rd day of miserably hot weather and our air conditioner needed a repair. Chris was professional, courteous, and knowledgeable- It didn't take him long to figure out what was going on and he got our AC cooling again in no time. 1st Choice Air Comfort is a 5 star company providing 5 star service-we will happily use them again in the future.”

– Tina S.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Brick, NJ 08724

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July 2, 2018

“1st Choice should definitely be everyone's 1st choice! Chris performed a load analysis and was able to save me money by showing me I did not need the larger unit. Joe and Dave were the installers and they were friendly, efficient and very professional. They placed drop cloths throughout the house where they would be working and cleaned up outside when they were done. The new unit has been great as we have just gone through a major heatwave. I have recommended 1st Choice to my daughter and her husband who are also looking to replace their system”

– Dennis D.

Air Conditioner Installation in Howell, NJ 07331

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September 27, 2017

“I have had nothing short of an amazing experience with Chris and everyone at 1st Choice. They were super honest and straightforward on pricing, excellent customer service, and extremely efficient and thorough technicians. This contractor is one to be trusted and that’s hard these days to find. Definitely, definitely, definitely will I be recommending them again and again and will use their services indefinitely. Thank you everyone at 1st choice for my wonderful new AC unit!”

– Beth H.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Interlaken, NJ 07712

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July 20, 2017

“Called 1st choice for estimate on new AC condenser and coil for my Unico system. I was very impressed by Chris and his professionalism and knowledge. Gave the job to him and I am very happy with the service and work performed. I would highly recommend 1st choice and Chris to anyone looking for a very fair price and great work.” – K L.

- K L.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Manasquan, NJ 08736

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July 15, 2017

“I just wanted to say a very big big big THANK YOU to Gabe of 1st Choice, to 1st Choice itself and, most of all, to Nick, who did the work diligently and put my AC back in order!! He did a great job in beastly heat, in a very good mood – and I must say you folks have a fine young man in your employ.

So, I thank you all again and, especially, Nick!”

– Lynn D.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Toms River, NJ 08732

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May 27, 2017

“I had an excellent experience with 1st Choice when I found myself in need of emergency services for my AC. The tech arrived at my house within an hour, had us back up and running that day, and the price was very fair. We haven’t had an issue since. They are now our 1st Choice for all of our heating/cooling needs!”

– Janis R.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Bayville, NJ 08721

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May 15, 2017

“1st Choice is definitely our FIRST CHOICE for keeping our heat and AC going. Always on time, courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful, Chris is the best mechanic on the planet. The customer service goes above and beyond what other companies offer. We have done everything with 1st Choice from a phone call to troubleshooting an issue (which usually ends up being our error) to having Chris come and service our units. He taught us the importance of regular maintenance, and because of 1st Choice we stay comfortable all year. We have tried other companies, but that will not be a necessity in the future. 1st Choice will always be our FIRST CHOICE!!!”

– Christine D.