EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of R-22 refrigerant in new air conditioning equipment manufactured since 2010. Homeowners that have an AC unit that was manufactured before this date need to be aware of rising R-22 costs and the final ban in 2020 that will make it almost impossible to properly service their AC unit. Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, offers suggestions for consumers that have AC units manufactured prior to 2010.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated the phaseout of R-22 as the result of growing environmental concerns. Acting in accordance with the Clean Air Act, the phase out was enacted to protect the Earth's ozone layer from chlorine, an ozone-depleting compound found in R-22. Production of new air conditioning units charged with R-22 ended in 2010, and by 2020 the serving of R-22 based systems will rely solely on recycled or reclaimed refrigerants.
"If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, it was probably designed for R-22," Gold Medal Service co-founder Mike Agugliaro notes. "The periodic maintenance of the cooling units may require additional refrigerant to allow it to operate at peak efficiency. Unfortunately, as the supply and availability of R-22 declines the prices will go up. In fact, the prices for R-22 have already increased 300 percent over the past few years."
Here are some options that Agugliaro suggests for homeowners affected with the ban of R-22:
- Replace old AC equipment – with a new high-efficiency unit that does not use R-22, but instead uses other refrigerants that are EPA approved and less harmful to the environment. These units will give consumers many years of dependable service and lower-cost cooling.
- Upgrade to "modern" refrigerant – consumers can keep their existing AC equipment, replace system parts and upgrade to an EPA permitted refrigerant. The drawback to upgrading an existing system is using a different refrigerant than was originally designed for the system may result in poorer performance and higher energy costs.
- If you keep your existing AC equipment – and accept the fact that as we move closer to 2020, and the system requires R-22 refrigerant to maintain, it will become increasingly difficult to find in the marketplace and it will be priced accordingly from suppliers.
For New Jersey residents who would like help and suggestions for preparing their air conditioning systems for the phaseout of R-22, the professionals at Gold Medal Service are ready to assist. For more information about electrical, plumbing or HVAC home safety and maintenance tips from the BBB A+ rated Gold Medal Service, visit www.goldmedalservice.com.
About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service was founded in by two New Jersey natives in 1994. Their goal is to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 190 employees and experts solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.
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