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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.  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.

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.

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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scott agran
scott agran
05:53 16 Nov 21
Binh is a wonderful person and a great representative of his company. Excellent communicator, honest and hard worker
Linda Wendell
Linda Wendell
21:53 15 Nov 21
We were very happy with the service provided by Ryan Waters and his team.
Allan Smolko
Allan Smolko
04:06 13 Nov 21
They were great!
Vander Shanholt
Vander Shanholt
01:03 13 Nov 21
Scott was incredibly friendly and repaired our upstairs heat in short order
Barbara Myers
Barbara Myers
23:26 12 Nov 21
11/12/2021 - Another great Hobiaca experience - thanks for sending Justin Driver to service my HVAC and complete the water heater repair. Great service and very professional. Thank you HobiacaHobaica thank you for always sending the best in the business - Ryan Waters was so nice and professional. I really think your team sets the example for others in knowledge of your products and services you provide. Thank you!!
Diane Stouffer
Diane Stouffer
16:57 12 Nov 21
Binh Tran was great! He replaced the capacitor on our AC unit before we had an issue w the motor. He was courteous and professional. Thank you, Binh!
Cindy Fischer
Cindy Fischer
01:42 12 Nov 21
Ryan, Dylan& John were awesome. Professional, personable , on-time & dependable. Thx guys
Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
23:36 11 Nov 21
Scott came by today to perform routine maintenance on our air conditioners. He discovered one of the capacitors to be failing & was able to replace it quickly & efficiently. Now I can get through the summer without worries. Thanks Scott!
Jack Guzman
Jack Guzman
22:13 11 Nov 21
Hello, just a little note to tell you how great our Technicians were today.Ivan and Troy showed up a little ahead of schedule, met with us, checked out the work areas and got right to work. And they did a fantastic job! I thought I was going to hear all kinds of banging and all kinds of noise but instead it was just a little bit of noise and the cool sound of Ivan whistling... reminded me of my Dad, he always whistled to, it was great.Troy was also quietly working outside.Upon completion of the work Troy and Ivan showed us their work and how the new thermostat worked.They did a great job with the installation, very professional work! I've seen a few air conditioning/furnace installations over the years when building homes with my dad and cousin...and these two technicians (Ivan and Troy) are obviously very good at what they do, and very good with the customer service experience they exhibited to us!!And personally I think they both definitely deserve a raise!!! And no, they didn't ask me to say this, LOL. It's obvious they're humble guys that would never ask for something like this, but they definitely deserve a raise...at minimum some fantastic kudos to some great Hobiaca Technicians!Kudos to Ivan and Troy for a job very well done!Thank you,Jack and Jackie Guzman11/11/2021

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