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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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Pat O'Farrell
Pat O'Farrell
18:03 04 Mar 21
We've been Hobaica heat pump and maintenance customers since 1997. Just had a semiannual maintenance visit from Amer on our very new Lennox system installed last Fall. Amer was very thorough and a pleasure to work with. Excellent service, as usual, from Hobaica.Another maintenance today (3/21) done by Scott and Travis. Again, very thorough inspection. And pleasant to work with.
Robert Elzy
Robert Elzy
00:21 04 Mar 21
Juan was very professional and personable. He took the time to answer all our questions and kept great communication the whole time.
Barb Palmer
Barb Palmer
21:46 03 Mar 21
Great service from Ryan Waters highly recommend Hobaica as always great company and great technician.
c abbott
c abbott
19:21 03 Mar 21
My tech, Michael V, was wonderful. He was not only polite and professional but, educated me about my system as well. I greatly appreciate the service. He is my A/C hero!
Mike Milliron
Mike Milliron
17:56 03 Mar 21
We have been customers of Hobaica for over 15 years. They have always been completely professional, responsive and do excellent work. .
Nathan Coury
Nathan Coury
21:57 01 Mar 21
Binh was awesome, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Gave great tips for maintenance for our equipment afterwards too. And he was right about our A/C issues we were having months ago. Highly recommend.
Holly Boudro
Holly Boudro
03:01 26 Feb 21
Wonderful experience! He came on one day and fixed what he could and then scheduled us the next day to repair the problem! He was very friendly and outgoing!
Karen Woodhouse
Karen Woodhouse
22:39 25 Feb 21
Scott Dale was very professional and knowledgeable during an inspection of my HVAC system. I was very comfortable during his visit and he shared helpful information and pictures and patiently answered all of my questions. I highly recommend Scott and appreciate having a technician of his caliber representing Hobaica.
frances hansen
frances hansen
15:51 25 Feb 21
Mike did great service!

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