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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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Check Out Our Reviews . . . From Neighbors Near You

Michael Crivaro
Michael Crivaro
01:53 28 Oct 21
Hobaica comes out every 6 months to do an AC checkup. John was our technician this time and did a great, thorough job. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was running how it should be. They have always been great and hope to have John back the next time.
Ron Barre
Ron Barre
17:57 27 Oct 21
Annual maintenance of HVAC systems and upgrade my AC system with a little more protection from any future malfunction.
Joy Lewis
Joy Lewis
23:17 26 Oct 21
Ryan is by far the best Service Technician. He has been out several times and has done plumbing and AC repairs. Recommend Ryan and Hobaica for all of your home needs they do it all. Thanks Ryan!! Extremely impressed with Amer and Juan. They are thorough and gave me advice on taking better care of my unit by changing my filter more often, I did not know that. Asked about my carbon monoxide dector and I found out online it had been recalled, had Amer not mentioned the dector I would not have checked it out. They are very Iinformative about the services Hobaica offers. Can't say enough good about Hobaica, and Amer and Juan. I do recommend Hobaica to my friends.
ed mulrean
ed mulrean
22:48 26 Oct 21
John Miranda was wonderful. He wore a mask, as we do in our house, and wore shoe coverings when in the house. These may seem like small things but they demonstrate respect and professionalism. He gave our system a serious review and changes interior filters. I hope that the for our next seasonal service that Hobaica sends him out to us again.
Pat Dudley
Pat Dudley
15:49 26 Oct 21
I had Hobaica out for HVAC maintenance and duct cleaning. It was soon discovered my unit was limping along on its last leg and soon to bite the dust. Luckily it got me thru the summer. James came and helped us get a GREAT system that should keep us very comfortable in the future! Great service, very professional and courteous - all technicians who came out were also! You’ll spend a little bit of $ but as they say, you get what you pay for!!
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Elisa Armenta7ko7k7kk7ok7k
15:13 26 Oct 21
I had Ryan from Hobaica take care of a bathtub leak. He was veryefficient and precise with his work. I really appreciate his thoroughnesswith everything. I highly recommend Ryan. Thank you..
Nel Adja
Nel Adja
18:12 25 Oct 21
Binh is helpful and professional. He understands the concern and come up with solution. Will recommend Binh to anyone.
elizabeth zuniga
elizabeth zuniga
23:47 23 Oct 21
John Miranda went above and beyond. He was very thorough professional and explained everything thoroughly. I would recommend him to anyone that needs the AC looked at.
Sidney Sexson
Sidney Sexson
21:49 23 Oct 21
Service was good. Binh Tran is an excellent technician. He is very knowledgeable and explains what the issues are so you are confident in the service.

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