How Does the HCFC-22 Production Ban Impact California Homeowners?
Now that the January 1, 2020 deadline on the production and import of the popular HCFC-22 (R-22) refrigerant has officially passed, Our Southern California homeowners are wondering, “How is this really going to impact me?”
While these ozone depleting products will not be taken off shelves quite yet, they will no longer be produced or imported and will eventually be removed from the market entirely. As a result, the phaseout has already begun to cause problems for home and business owners alike due to the increased per pound cost associated with AC system repairs and recharges.
However, the largest concern lies in the now outdated systems themselves, that will likely need to be replaced long before their estimated expiration. When will these seemingly suitable systems need to be replaced?
It’s hard to say, but once the remaining national recycled or stockpiled supply is depleted, those with an older HCFC system will be out of luck! Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your monthly maintenance costs AND address a long-term solution.
Consider A Drop-In Refrigerant
If your AC unit currently utilizes R-22 but you’re not quite ready to replace the whole system, you may want to consider converting it to operate off a more environmentally friendly and less expensive “drop-in” refrigerant. This option keeps your older system running, while avoiding the inflation rates on the dwindling R-22 supply.
Although an appealing temporary solution for many (not all older models can even accommodate a drop-in refrigerant due to the type of oil used), we will be quick to note: Our experts only advise using a drop-in refrigerant if your unit is at least 8 years old. Converting to an alternative refrigerant such as R-407c will reduce the efficiency and expected lifespan of your R-22 dependent system, as well as void any remaining system warranty. But if it could also save you from the cost of inflated R-22 and buy you some time to budget for a full AC replacement, it might be something to consider!
Begin Budgeting For A New Air Conditioning System Now!
The lifespan of a typical air conditioner ranges anywhere from 10-15 years, so if you have an older unit you may already be budgeting for a new system. In which case, this HCFC ban is of little importance to you. However, if you haven’t yet begun budgeting for a new ac system and your current system is 10+ years old, now is the time to do your research.
When purchasing a new unit, you’ll first want to determine what type of system best suits you and your home in its current form. If an addition or large-scale renovation was completed without the enhancement of the existing system, a larger or more efficient system might be a necessity. When selecting the contractor for the job, ask these questions and more to determine the best company for such an investment.
Financing specials, in conjunction with manufacturer and/or energy star rebates are other criteria to consider. Hyde’s AC offers several convenient financing options, in addition to our unparalleled service, to ensure upgrading your home comfort system is as painless as possible.
If you have any questions about the implications of the R-22 phase out on your home and budget, give Hyde’s a call at (760) 360-2202 or submit a contact us form and we will get back to you shortly! Our licensed professionals are happy to help you find the best comfort solutions for your home!