The R-22 Phaseout and Maintaining Your Air Conditioner: Recharging Vs. Replacing
With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently phasing out R-22, a common air conditioning refrigerant, every day homeowners and businesses are facing the prospect of potentially higher maintenance and repair costs, more limited service options and reduce equipment lifespans. When these individuals encounter an issue with their air conditioners that requires R-22, they face a question: to recharge or replace?
Since the EPA phaseout began, the cost of R-22 has risen as supply has decreased, a trend that can be expected to continue as the 2020 phaseout deadline approaches. This has made air conditioner maintenance involving R-22 more expensive, meaning that consumers and business owners will need to plan for future higher maintenance costs the longer they keep their R-22 systems. Older R-22 HVAC units will need to be replaced soon, and it’s important to consider whether that cost should be incurred now or later and if your budget reflects the additional long-term costs that will come with future R-22 repairs. Those property owners that wait to install a new system that runs on R-401A will pay more in the long term than those that replace the aged equipment today.
When it comes to your HVAC system and the R-22 phaseout, Young Plumbing & Heating Co. can help you best allocate your budget. Our experts can assist in preparing short-term and long-term HVAC budgeting for 2018-2020 and are committed to helping building owners, property managers, engineers and facility professionals lower their operating expenses through HVAC preventive maintenance. We can develop a cost-effective, customized preventive maintenance plan for your commercial building that will provide you with peace of mind, improved comfort, and energy savings.
Call 319-234-4411 today to evaluate and create a customized R-22 phaseout plan for your home or business!