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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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scott agran
05:53 16 Nov 21
Binh is a wonderful person and a great representative of his company. Excellent communicator, honest and hard worker
Linda Wendell
Linda Wendell
21:53 15 Nov 21
We were very happy with the service provided by Ryan Waters and his team.
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Allan Smolko
04:06 13 Nov 21
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Vander Shanholt
Vander Shanholt
01:03 13 Nov 21
Scott was incredibly friendly and repaired our upstairs heat in short order
Barbara Myers
Barbara Myers
23:26 12 Nov 21
11/12/2021 - Another great Hobiaca experience - thanks for sending Justin Driver to service my HVAC and complete the water heater repair. Great service and very professional. Thank you HobiacaHobaica thank you for always sending the best in the business - Ryan Waters was so nice and professional. I really think your team sets the example for others in knowledge of your products and services you provide. Thank you!!
Diane Stouffer
Diane Stouffer
16:57 12 Nov 21
Binh Tran was great! He replaced the capacitor on our AC unit before we had an issue w the motor. He was courteous and professional. Thank you, Binh!
Cindy Fischer
Cindy Fischer
01:42 12 Nov 21
Ryan, Dylan& John were awesome. Professional, personable , on-time & dependable. Thx guys
Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
23:36 11 Nov 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!
Jack Guzman
Jack Guzman
22:13 11 Nov 21
Hello, just a little note to tell you how great our Technicians were today.Ivan and Troy showed up a little ahead of schedule, met with us, checked out the work areas and got right to work. And they did a fantastic job! I thought I was going to hear all kinds of banging and all kinds of noise but instead it was just a little bit of noise and the cool sound of Ivan whistling... reminded me of my Dad, he always whistled to, it was great.Troy was also quietly working outside.Upon completion of the work Troy and Ivan showed us their work and how the new thermostat worked.They did a great job with the installation, very professional work! I've seen a few air conditioning/furnace installations over the years when building homes with my dad and cousin...and these two technicians (Ivan and Troy) are obviously very good at what they do, and very good with the customer service experience they exhibited to us!!And personally I think they both definitely deserve a raise!!! And no, they didn't ask me to say this, LOL. It's obvious they're humble guys that would never ask for something like this, but they definitely deserve a raise...at minimum some fantastic kudos to some great Hobiaca Technicians!Kudos to Ivan and Troy for a job very well done!Thank you,Jack and Jackie Guzman11/11/2021

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