HVAC Repair and New Refrigerant Regulations

Sunny Sky with Clouds | HVAC Repair and Refrigerant Rules | Gainesville Mechanical

When disaster strikes and your air conditioning breaks, HVAC repair is critical. What many homeowners may not know is, there are changes on the horizon for refrigerant regulations.

Don’t guess when it comes to HVAC repair. Gainesville Mechanical is a go-to leader when it comes to what steps are needed to repair or replace your HVAC system. Our technicians get you up and running in no time.

Let’s take a look at what the change means for your older HVAC systems.

What Do I Have?

Many HVAC systems have old refrigerants know as hydrochlorofluorocarbons or HCFCs. The most common versions used are HCFC-22 or R-22 and HCFC-142b.

What is an HCFC? Hydrochlorofluorocarbons, as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as, “Compounds containing hydrogen, fluorine, chlorine and carbon atoms. Although ozone-depleting substances, they are less potent at destroying stratospheric ozone than chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). They have been introduced as temporary replacements for CFCs and are also greenhouse gases.”  

Important Dates for Refrigerant Ban

First, as of January 1, 2015, there is a ban on the production, import and use of both HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b. The only exception is for continued servicing needs of equipment which uses refrigeration.

Second, January 1, 2020, any equipment requiring the use of the banned refrigerants will only be allowed to rely on recycled or stockpiled sources.

Finally, the United States will officially ban any remaining production and import of all HCFCs on January 1, 2030.  

What Will It Cost

Therefore, systems using the older refrigerants will have to be replaced. HVAC repair will only get an air conditioning system so far until it will need to be replaced. As noted by the EPA, the production is being phased out, not the usage of R-22.

As production is phased out, the supply will continually be lowered while a demand will increase. This, in turn, will drive the price of HCFCs like R-22 up in price per pound. Additionally, costs to service these units will rise. So, how long should you keep your current system versus replacing it with an updated system using alternative refrigerants? It’s something to consider.

Servicing and HVAC Repair for Systems with R-22

Professional HVAC maintenance plans from Gainesville Mechanical will provide quality HVAC repair options for homeowners with older systems using R-22 refrigerant.

When dealing with R-22 and other HCFC refrigerants, the most important part is to have a continually-maintained system. Technicians, like our NATE-certified team members, must have an EPA Section 608 certification to work on your system.

These certified technicians will know exactly what to do and what is required. They know how important it is to fix a leak rather than just “top off” the refrigerant in the system.

Replacement Air Conditioners

The cost of continual HVAC repair can prove too much at times. The EPA’s new regulations prohibit the manufacturing of any new air-conditioning system using R-22. So homeowners who replace their systems will get an updated system and do what is best for the environment.

New systems using alternative refrigerants are available and as we move forward, will be more readily available.

Contact Gainesville Mechanical today and schedule an HVAC repair call for yourself. Our licensed and insured technicians will gladly identify any issues regarding your refrigerant concerns. Interested in a new, more energy-efficient system using alternative refrigerant? Ask about our financing options to help you increase your comfort and safety today.

We serve customers throughout Northern Georgia, including Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Buford, Dahlonega, Braselton and Cumming. We are the 2018 Bryant Dealer of the Year and we will do “Whatever it Takes.”

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