R22, also called Freon works very well inside a closed loop HVAC system. It changes to a liquid when compressed and evaporates to a gas to absorb heat. This conversion is useful in both winter and summer conditions. However, if the substance is released into the atmosphere it adds to the depletion of the ozone. The clean air act will make Freon much more difficult to purchase for repairs. When it is available it will be more expensive. For homeowners depending on older heat pump systems, this may affect their options for repairs.
The replacement coolant is not compatible with older heat pumps and air conditioners. Such systems cannot be retrofitted so they work with this newer coolant. This will force many homeowners to replace broken systems that will no longer be able to be repaired.
While some may be unaware of this law, it is a requirement stipulated by the Clean Air Act that became law in 1970 by the signing of President Nixon. The law is enforced by the EPA. Although it may be possible to have R22 added to systems for a few more months the price is expected to increase even more. By the year 2020, R22 manufacturer will be outlawed.
Homeowners who have faced the need for major repairs on their HVAC systems have found it often to be more cost effective to replace the entire unit rather than make these repairs. Replacement became even more viable with units between ten and twenty years of age. With this change in the law, they may want to look even closer at replacing units instead of having the heat pump fixed.
When homeowners make these replacements of their system, they should consider choosing a unit offering a higher efficiency. While the initial outlay may be more for the more efficient unit, it can offer potential savings for many years ahead. Many homeowners find the reduction in energy costs every month help to pay the cost of the unit by the midpoint of its useful life.
Sometimes power companies provide rebates to help offset the cost of installing Energy Star rated appliances. In addition one may qualify for tax incentives provided by state and federal governments. Many companies offer financing of the new system if the homeowner qualifies.
To learn more about the effects of these new regulations regarding Freon R22, contact a reputable Tempe Heating repair company. The representatives are familiar with deadlines, current costs of R22 and its availability as well as options for fixing or replaceing of heat pumps. Most also offer repairs and service for furnaces using natural gas, fuel oil, propane or electricity to warm the home during the cold winter.
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