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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

Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
01:27 07 May 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!
Lynne Paxton
Lynne Paxton
00:00 07 May 21
Ryan Waters did a maintenance check on my AC and repaired a valve on my Mastercool evap. He is always pleasant to work with and did a good job. Thanks Ryan.
Steve Sachs
Steve Sachs
18:33 06 May 21
Travis was amazing! Very knowledgeable and thorough. He completed a service of my A/C unit and a warranty replacement of a failing capacitor. I highly recommend Hobaica for any electrical, HVAC, or plumbing work you need done. I have used them for years and they continue to impress.
Tatia Key
Tatia Key
00:56 06 May 21
Hobaica has been a real pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to replace their A/C. Andy made the selecting, purchasing and scheduling process extremely easy, explaining all our options and answering all our questions very clearly. Jorge performed the installation, and he was courteous, competent, efficient, professional, friendly, and helpful, a delight to have him working on/in my home.I am happy that Hobaica reached out to us for our 2-year inspection. A big thanks to Scott for making sure our unit is operating properly and efficiently.
Ellen Carter
Ellen Carter
23:58 05 May 21
5/5/21Ryan came today to service our air conditioning system and to flush our water heater. He is always courteous and professional. Our air-conditioner and water heater were in good condition.Thank you very much for GREAT SERVICE!
john ngo
john ngo
23:55 05 May 21
Danny Unglaub is a true professional. He came to my house on time and checked all parts of my air conditioning unit. He is very thorough. We will ask for him on our next appointment.
Joan Salvatierra
Joan Salvatierra
21:24 05 May 21
Mike serviced our a/c today. He was punctual, polite, pleasant and efficient. He was knowledgeable in explaining issues and answering my questions. He went out of his way to be helpful,
Hope Dymek
Hope Dymek
18:49 05 May 21
Scott was punctual, polite and professional. A thorough inspection of our HVAC systems was completed as well as installation of new capacitors. Hobaica was quick to schedule our maintenance request, and Scott was knowledgeable and efficient. Great value and great service!
anne feuerborn
anne feuerborn
23:56 04 May 21
Ryan was awesome. He was a trustworthy and diligent worker. My new water heater looks terrific!

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