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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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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!
Trisha Kelly
Trisha Kelly
03:16 25 Feb 21
Saw Mike Varela outside a neighbors house. Stopped what he was doing to answer my 100 questions lol. Definitely a difference from past experiences with HVAC companies. Wanted to share my good experience. Would recommend to a friend.
Sophia Martos Jerez
Sophia Martos Jerez
20:06 24 Feb 21
Always a pleasure working with the HVAC crew from Hobaica! Mike Varela! Was friendly and knowledgeable about what is going on with our home unit. Great job!
Catherine Graham
Catherine Graham
19:39 24 Feb 21
Ryan and Scott were courteous and knowledgeable.
jonathan chubb
jonathan chubb
03:41 24 Feb 21
All around super happy with my service - called and got an appointment to help with some pipe issues that same day. Brandon was great and while I hope to never have to use the service again, I would be giving them a call before anyone else! :)
Kevin Melvin
Kevin Melvin
00:14 24 Feb 21
Gabriel and Angel were great installing my new AC system. They showed up early and were professional and efficient the entire time. A slight electrical issue came up early, and they quickly had an electrician come out so the project would not run late. They took the time out to answer my questions and explained the steps they were taking during the install. My entire experience with this company and Gabriel and Angel in particular was positive. I would definitely refer them to others!
Karen Cardamone
Karen Cardamone
01:36 21 Feb 21
Hobaica is always great. I had an emergency plumbing situation today and they sent Simon out the same day and he fixed everything. What a relief! I highly recommend

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