You may recall that back in summer 2019, we did a blog on the R-22 shortage. As of January 1, 2020, the production and import of R-22 refrigerant became illegal in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also banned the manufacture and installation of new R-22 HVAC pump systems. It is not illegal to keep using your air conditioner or heat pump that uses R-22, however, if your AC or heat pump needs a repair that involves refrigerant, you may end up facing some expensive repair bills or have to buy a new system quickly.
We’re Here to Help
If your AC or heat pump uses R-22, don’t panic. You have quite a few options to choose from and we are offering consultation on these options so you can choose the right one for you and your budget.
Option A: Repair your current R-22 system. This may seem like a quick fix, however, the price of R-22 is going up while the supply is going down. It is important that you talk with an HVAC professional before choosing this option. If you choose this option, you need to make sure you maintain your unit properly. Appropriate servicing minimizes potential environmental damage. Technicians need to locate and repair leaks instead of “topping off” leaking systems. This protects the ozone layer and saves you money.
Option B: Replace your HVAC system. New energy-efficient HVAC systems save energy costs. Even if your system is not 10 years old, you may save money with a new system.
These are the main two options to choose from but if you would like us to look into modifying your current system, we can do that as well.
What Refrigerant Does My System Have?
If you have an older system, especially if it was built before January 2010, there is a good chance that it uses R-22. Your system may have a label that describes the refrigerant type but we recommend having a licensed HVAC professional take a look before you make any changes.
Why the Ban on R-22?
R-22 is used to make the air cold in your air conditioner. In 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) realized that R-22 harms the Earth’s protective ozone layer when it is released into the air.
Affordable Pricing and Financing Options
We know the thought of buying a new HVAC system can be scary. At Tower Heating & Air, we will work with you to make sure you and your family are safe and comfortable all year long. Call us today at 919-755-1957 to start discussing your options so you are not forced to make a quick decision when something goes wrong.
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