Spring has sprung, which means it’s time for air conditioner maintenance. And if your air conditioner still uses R-22 Freon refrigerant, it might be time to get a new unit. Why? Because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has prohibited the manufacture and installation of new R-22 appliances since 2010. It’s also gradually reduced the production of this ozone-damaging refrigerant. Starting January 1, 2020, companies will no longer be able to manufacture or import R-22 into the U.S. This regulation will impact millions of homeowners—keep reading to find out how it impacts your air conditioner.
Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner
Some homeowners worry that if their air conditioner uses R-22 refrigerant, then they can’t use it anymore. This isn’t true. If your A/C runs safely for another 10 years, that’s great. The repair or replace question comes into play once your aging system breaks down. Or if it requires a refrigerant recharge because R-22 is very expensive and not readily available.
Rather than paying an arm and a leg for an R-22 refrigerant recharge, we often recommend that our customers consider a replacement. We know the cost of a replacement is hard to swallow but sometimes it makes more sense to put your money toward a new energy-efficient system than an expensive recharge. Your trusted Martens Plumbing & Heating technician can help you decide which makes more sense.
Trust Us for An Honest Recommendation
Over half of the energy used in your home goes to your heating and cooling. That’s why we focus on maintaining a high level of efficiency and saving you as much money as we can. When your system is no longer safe or a repair isn’t worth the cost, count on us for an honest recommendation and installation. We train our pros to do what’s in your best interest and that’s exactly what happens at every appointment. Count on us for a tailored Bryant® system recommendation and professional installation that fits your budget and keeps your family comfortable for years to come.
Let the Pros at Martens Plumbing & Heating Get You Set for Summer
For help with the most important systems in your home or business—from an energy-efficient air conditioner to sump pumps and plumbing services—trust the company that understands urgency, integrity, fast response, and value: Martens Plumbing & Heating. We can also help with your next bathroom and kitchen remodel. Contact us anytime for more information or get a free estimate from the plumbing and HVAC team that’s here for you.