New Refrigerant Regulations
THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS BANNED THE USE OF R22 REFRIGERANT IN NEW AIR CONDITIONING AND HEAT PUMP EQUIPMENT SINCE 2010. IF YOUR SOUTH DAKOTA AIR CONDITIONER OR HEAT PUMP WAS MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO 2010 THIS MAY BE THE BEST TIME TO REPLACE IT…
New government regulations have banned the use of R-22 refrigerant in new air conditioning and heat pump equipment since 2010. If your Air Conditioner unit was manufactured before 2010, it uses R-22. See EPA document about phasing out HCFC refrigerants here.
This is very important to know since periodic maintenance of your air conditioning units may require additional refrigerant to ensure that they are operating at peak efficiency.
Unfortunately, as the supply and availability of R22 declines the prices will go up. In fact, the prices for R22 have already increased over 300% in the past few years. The phase out of R22 will be complete in 2020 and prices are only going to continue to rise.
What should I do if my air conditioner uses R22?
- You can choose to keep your existing air conditioning equipment and accept the reality that as we move closer to 2020, if you happen to need R22 refrigerant to maintain your equipment, it will become increasingly difficult to find in the marketplace and it will be priced accordingly from our suppliers.
- You can choose to keep your existing air conditioning equipment and instead opt to use a U.S. EPA permitted “modern” refrigerant. However, choosing to do this may involve replacing a significant number of parts on your equipment since not all refrigerants are the same. Additionally, if you do choose to use a different refrigerant than what your system was originally designed to use it may result in lower performance and higher energy costs.
- You can choose to replace your old air conditioning equipment with a new, high-efficiency unit that does not use R22, but instead uses other refrigerants like R410a that are less harmful to the environment and that are permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency. These units will give you many years of dependable service and lower-cost cooling.
THIS MAY BE THE IDEAL TIME TO CHANGE OUT YOUR AC EQUIPMENT… IT WILL NEVER BE CHEAPER THAN IT IS TODAY!
You can trust The Comfort Heroes, LLC to help you to make the right decision. Remember, the longer you wait to replace your air conditioner equipment the more costly it will be. With the rebates and incentives that we’re offering there isn’t a better time to replace your air conditioner than now. Call today and we will happily send our experienced Comfort Advisors to your home for a FREE, no obligation consultation. Then you’ll be ready to make this most-important decision for you and your family. Click here to read more about air conditioner replacements.