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Consumer Alert: New A/C Refrigerant Standards

If you own an older A/C unit, odds are its using R-22 refrigerant to keep you cool, Hobaica Services wants you to be informed about the new refrigerant standards.

The EPA has mandated that the old R-22 refrigerant will be completely phased out.  No production or importation of R-22 will be permitted beginning in the year 2020.  Manufacturers of air conditioning equipment were required to phase out the use of R-22 in new equipment as of January 1, 2010.

R-22 has been the refrigerant of choice for residential heat pump and air-conditioning systems for more than four decades.  The down side is that R-22 is considered a greenhouse gas, meaning that when released into the atmosphere, it contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new A/C unit, you’ll be switching to the new refrigerant. It’s called R410-A, and it’s offered under different trade names by different refrigerant manufacturers.

The R-410A systems employ thicker walled tubing, newly developed compressors/components, and higher grade oil. All require diverse installation and service procedures.

What does the switchover mean for our customers?  Well, prices for the old R-22 will gradually go up but shouldn’t be outrageous for a long time.  For example; if you installed a new R-22 air conditioning system in the year 2004, you will be able to get refrigerant for your system at least until the year 2020.

If you opt to retrofit your existing A/C system for the new refrigerant, you need to be aware that when a system is changed over to R-410A we will need to change the condenser, the evaporator coil and, the refrigerant copper line set, or at least have them properly flushed.

If you’re buying a new R410-A system, you may actually get a side benefit.  Some products have experienced up to one full point higher SEER rating with the use of R-410A.

Ask Hobaica about the new refrigerant standards if you’re in the market to repair or replace your A/C unit.  We can advise you about choosing a new unit, or change you over if you’d like to “go green” with your air conditioning.

For more information about air conditioning refrigerant standards and other HVAC topics, contact Hobaica Services at 602-995-0387. 

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Karen Smith
Karen Smith
00:13 30 Sep 22
An adjustment to our thermostat that, frankly, we should have figured out ourselves. But, the tech, Scot, took time to reset and teach us a few things and was extremely polite and helpful. Thank you!!
Graeme Hay
Graeme Hay
15:09 29 Sep 22
Great service by John today! Very kind to our dog too!9/22 update: great service from Jacey today
Jorge Velazquez
Jorge Velazquez
14:41 29 Sep 22
Donovan from Hobaica came over to inspect our A/C unit. Was very knowledgeable and professional, answered all my questions, strongly recommend Hobaica to anyone looking for professional, reliable, honest work
Cecilia Lok
Cecilia Lok
03:24 28 Sep 22
Really appreciated the text, email and phone call from the technician with ETA. Technician is courteous and professional. Identified the problem.
Cheryl Schmidt
Cheryl Schmidt
02:21 28 Sep 22
They did an excellent job!
Diane Wiesenthal
Diane Wiesenthal
01:20 27 Sep 22
Ryan Waters was the technician and he did a great job. He provided advice on the best filter to use and then proceeded to check out my system. When he discovered a serious leak he provided a clear explanation of what needed to be done and suggested the most cost efficient method of repairing it. It was a very good experience.
Jim Stevens
Jim Stevens
17:39 26 Sep 22
The electrician, Justin Driver was fantastic. We had a fairly complicated issue and he diligently worked the issue to full resolution over the course of 3 visits. He was always on time, very friendly and professional on every visit and even helped my move a heavy bed away from a wall for outlet access. I would highly recommend Hobaica and Justin if you have electrical issues in your home.
Grant Simpson
Grant Simpson
16:13 25 Sep 22
Tom showed up on time, was friendly, diagnosed and fixed the problem. He was a great rep for hobaica
Michael Madden
Michael Madden
23:17 23 Sep 22
Grayson was a fantastic technician. He was able to determine the problem immediately and was very thorough in explaining how he would fix it. He also helped us to understand how to prevent the problem from happening again in the future.

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