R-22 is gradually phased out
You might have caught wind of new legislation that regulates the use of certain types of air conditioner refrigerants. This is very true. R-22 refrigerant is actually being phased out entirely. This old type of refrigerant in Woodbury homes is bad for the environment, because non-ozone-depleting alternative refrigerants are being introduced. Under the Clean Air Act, new guidelines dictate what HVAC manufacturers can and cannot use. The Environmental Protection Agency has reviewed several alternatives when it comes to different kinds of refrigerants, and they found that the best one, the type of refrigerant that majority of new air conditioner units have implemented, is that of R-410A, a blend of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that do not contribute to depletion of the ozone layer to our planet at all. This is good news for tree huggers.. Hurray save the trees!
Refrigerant is a Dangerous Chemical
Along with restricting the creation and manufacturing of ozone-depleting refrigerants and coolants, the Clean Air Act also requires a kind of common sense approach when concerning the handling refrigerants themselves. The Clean Air Act describes in detail the kinds of practices that need to be implemented by all HVAC manufacturers, distributors, dealers and technicians.
But let’s take a step back for a second. What if you don’t have a professional install your air conditioner correctly? What if you install it yourself, or hire a buddy that doesn’t quite know what he is doing? Things could end badly really quick. Sure it doesn’t happen all the time, but we certainly have horror stories to tell. That’s why it is so important to have properly installed home comfort systems. If you’re Woodbury home does not have a proper install, more likely than not, there will be refrigerant leaking issues that arise at some point in your air conditioner’s life. This hurts the environment, is a health and safety risk, and it costs a whole lot of money to rectify.
What If I Have R-22 Refrigerant?
It’s more than likely that you and your Woodbury home possess a unit that takes R-22 refrigerant. And this may be problematic. Under these new legislative guidelines, homeowners and HVAC companies alike, are only supposed to be able to top off R-22 units with more refrigerant once. After that, you are breaking EPA guidelines. You can imagine the stir this has caused, as it will eventually force consumers to purchase new, more environmentally friendly equipment. R-22 refrigerant is being phased out, but what does that mean exactly? Well, at some point in the near future, companies will stop manufacturing this kind of refrigerant, which will skyrocket the prices for this kind of refrigerant itself. There will come a time when it will cost more to refill your old unit with r-22 refrigerant, than to simply purchase a new AC unit entirely.
Hire A Professional!
If you need to get topped off, call us today. We will be more than happy to help you out But more importantly, with all these new changes, and with all the dangers centring around refrigerant itself, it’s extremely important that you call an experienced company, whether that is us or someone else. Make sure you hire a company that knows how to handle these chemicals safely and responsibly. Service Today Heating & Coolings refrigerant Woodbury technicians are all EPA and N.A.T.E certified. Our experienced lends us the ability to handle these chemicals with care. By containing and using refrigerants responsibly — that is, by recovering, recycling, reclaiming refrigerant, and most importantly helping to reduce leaks.
If you have any questions about the type of refrigerant your air conditioner unit possesses in your Woodbury home, please call us. We think it is extremely important that homeowners are well informed about refrigerants. You can bet that the concept of refrigerant, will not go away anytime soon, It is a hot button issue, especially because it concerns the health of our planet. As refrigerant Woodbury experts, we are environmentally conscience. We want to treat this chemical with the respect and care it deserves. That is the kind of company we are. Call your Comfort Squad today!