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If Your AC System Uses R-22, Listen Up!

Learn What the Ban on R-22 Means for You!

Operating a dependable air conditioner is the key to not losing your cool this spring and summer. You can make sure your system is prepared to face the heat by scheduling a preseason tune-up and addressing any lingering issues.

However, neither of these vital summer-preparation steps will do you much good if your system is out-of-date!

Keep an eye out for these telltale signs that you may need to contact our team at Swanton Energy Services to schedule an AC replacement in Monmouth County and beyond:

  • Your system is more than 10 years old.
  • It requires frequent repairs.
  • Your energy bills are on the rise.
  • You notice hot and cold spots in your home.
  • There are humidity problems or excessive dust.

… And If Your System Runs on R-22

At the beginning of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency implemented a ban on the production or importation of R-22—the most commonly used refrigerant in AC systems, particularly older units.

Here’s what you need to know.

What Is R-22?

R-22 is the standard refrigerant that’s been used in AC units from 1928 until 2010, which is when the production of systems charged with R-22 came to a halt.

Why Is R-22 Being Phased Out?

Scientists have found that chlorine, a critical component of R-22, has been deteriorating the ozone layer for close to a century, resulting in harm to the environment—which is why the EPA has determined that R-22 is no longer safe.

What Does This Mean?

The halt of R-22 means it’s now illegal to produce R-22 in this country or to import it from other countries. However, it’s still legal to use R-22. Here’s the problem: Servicing R-22-based systems will rely solely on recycling, reusing or repurposing this refrigerant. Since production has ceased, costs to charge existing units leaking R-22 refrigerant have gone up and are expected to keep climbing. As a result, it most likely will be more expensive to repair or recharge your system.

How Does This Affect You?

More than likely, your air conditioner will have sufficient R-22, unless a leak occurs. Old equipment that uses R-22 might still be worth repairing, if it’s not leaking refrigerant. Otherwise, because costs are going up due to limited supply, it may be a good time to consider upgrading to a newer (and more efficient) system.

Choosing to upgrade to a system that relies on safer alternatives to R-22 will protect you from costly service and repairs. Plus, you’ll enjoy a system that:

  • Uses 20% less refrigerant, which leads to lower energy costs
  • Reduces one’s carbon footprint
  • Adds to a home’s resale value
  • Pays off during tax season
  • … And more!

Here’s more good news: The federal government offers energy efficiency tax credits to homeowners who choose to make energy-related improvements to their homes, including upgrading to a more energy-efficient air conditioner!

To learn about rebates and financing you may be eligible to receive, contact us!

Contact Swanton

If you operate an R-22-based system, we urge you to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from the rising cost of refrigerant. This means properly maintaining your unit to prevent leaks by participating in routine preseason tune-ups in the spring.

Ready to make the switch to a more efficient air conditioner that’s safer for the environment and better for your budget? Swanton is here to help you with your system upgrade in the Atlantic Highlands area and beyond! Contact us online or call us at 732.335.6731 today!

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