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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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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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