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EPA: R-22 Refrigerant Phase Out

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R-22 Refrigerant Phase Out: What You Need To Know

If you have an AC unit in Phoenix, AZ that was installed before 2010, it’s likely you will have to address the recent HCFC (R-22) refrigerant regulations put into place by the EPA.

Determining how it will affect you and your system is a bit confusing, but that is exactly what the team at Hobaica Services is here for!

What is R22 Freon Refrigerant?

R22 Freon is a colorless gas that has been popularly used in air conditioners as a refrigerant for years. Like many chemicals people started to use regularly, it was eventually considered unacceptably destructive to the environment. It had originally replaced two even more dangerous refrigerants, however, now R22 is on its deathbed and being phased out by better, for environmentally friendly alternatives.

The Problem This Phase Out Causes

R-22 Refrigerant was the most common refrigerant used nationwide. Since the regulation was put in place, prices have increased significantly and it has become increasingly hard to find. If your unit utilizes R-22, you will ultimately need to convert it to make it compatible with other refrigerants or replacement it altogether. For example,  if your unit is only 7 or 8 years old, you will most likely have to bend over backwards to find R-22 to maintain it for the next 3 years and/or replace it in a much shorter time-frame then you had intended.

Will I Still Be Able To Get R-22 Freon?

You will still be able to purchase R22 until 2020, but it comes with a hefty pricetag.

There is as much as a 300% price increase so far. In addition to the extra cost, the drawbacks of using this refrigerant are:

Alternative Refrigerants

The ultimate resolution for this refrigerant shift will be a complete AC replacement. However, there are a few alternate refrigerants that you can use, although you may need to retrofit your system to accommodate them. Keep in mind they are not perfect substitutes, and using them may cause your warranty to be invalid.

Alternatives include:

The new refrigerant of choice will most likely be R410A, and many are already using this. It can only be used in a completely new system, not substituted like the ones above. It’s a lot of letters and numbers to remember, but Hobaica will do the remembering for you!

The Solution for Today

An AC replacement is the most efficient option in the long-term. You can go ahead and take care of that now, but you can also talk things through with a Hobaica service technician to ensure you  are aware of all your options.

First, schedule a maintenance with us. During the maintenance call, we will try to establish if your unit:

Call the professionals at Hobaica Services today at (602)644-9555 to ensure you receive a clear explanation of your options. We will provide you with as much information as possible so that you can make an informed decision when the time comes.

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Curt Lauwers
Curt Lauwers
01:20 29 Jul 21
Simon Peterson was my service technician. Very impressive young man. He explained everything first, did the work and gave me suggestions of what I could do in the future to extend the life of my unit. No high pressure, no bs. I highly recommend Hobaica and Simon for A/C repairs.
Ellen Battilana
Ellen Battilana
00:36 28 Jul 21
Loved the Hobaica service! Steven A. was the technician and I can't say enough great things about him. Called when he was on the way to my house (on-time as promised), very friendly, polite and explained exactly what happened and what he was doing to fix it. Super customer service!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this family owned, local business.
ardy rinki
ardy rinki
00:17 28 Jul 21
Very good service providedVery punctual and completed the work in a timely mannerExplained the work that needed to be done and did a very good job fixing the problemVery good service in overall
Roger Freeman
Roger Freeman
22:05 27 Jul 21
Ryan performed the work on time with great efficiency.
Sita Cooney
Sita Cooney
18:58 27 Jul 21
Gave clear and concise information about my AC problems; gave solutions at various costs & warranties, and was professional and courteous throughout the exchange. I didn’t feel pressured and I feel very confident as a long-time customer.
Barbara Everst
Barbara Everst
13:38 27 Jul 21
Great service, on time and friendly. I love the peace of mind from the regular maintenance for my air conditioner and will ask for Tom again next time
Lou Stahl
Lou Stahl
19:22 26 Jul 21
I had a leaky faucet and, because our regular plumber was out of town, called Hobaica because they have serviced our AC/heating units for years and I knew I could trust them to do plumbing work, too. Ryan Waters came over in just a couple of hours and quickly diagnosed and fixed the problem. I would recommend him to anybody who needs an honest and efficient plumber.
Mark Rafferty
Mark Rafferty
17:53 26 Jul 21
Melissa in scheduling was FANTASTIC! She was very knowledgable and experience on how to get your Technicians out to our house that had no AC! Melissa and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Your Technician Jacey M was FANTASTIC! Very knowledgeable about the issues at hand and how to fix properly. He and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A+++
Ronald Rhoades
Ronald Rhoades
09:02 26 Jul 21
I quote Rev Rick Lewis at his request to relay the following information:I want to thank Scott Dale and Hobaica for outstanding service on my ac repair. Scott was veryProfessional,knowledgeable and pleasant. The job was completed in a very timely fashion and IAm very happy to commend both Scott and Hobaica, Thank you! Rick Lewis, Phx AzI Ronald Rhoades did have similar AC problem that Scott Dale fixed on short notice on a hot 115 deg.day and referred him to Rev Lewis when he called me about his AC outage. Thanks again to Scott and Hobaica service!

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