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Consumer Alert! Is the AC at Your Pad Using R-22 Refrigerant?

Frog Will Help You Decide If You Should Replace It Now—or Later

Have you heard the news about R-22 refrigerant? It’s been widely used in home air conditioning systems for years, but experts now say it is an environmental threat because it eats away at the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful rays. As a result, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established a timeline a few years ago to eventually phase out R-22. As of 2020, the production (not the use) of R-22 will be banned in the United States and it will become considerably more expensive for homeowners to purchase.

So, if your AC system uses R-22, what does this mean for you? First of all, don’t panic. The friendly and experienced team at Frog Heating, Air & Electrical will help you sort this all out. It’s important for you to know that this doesn’t necessarily create the need for an immediate air conditioning replacement in Nashville, TN—or wherever you call home.

Limited Supply=High Prices

R-22 is made up of chemical compounds known as HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons). These compounds are extremely effective refrigerants, but they are causing harm to the environment by damaging the ozone layer. If nothing is done to stop this, we will be exposed to more of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. That’s why the EPA banned its production and importation, effective Jan. 1, 2020. When that happens, only recycled, reclaimed or recovered R-22 will be available. The supply will be extremely limited, causing the price to skyrocket.

Keep it mind: It’s won’t be illegal to use R-22, only to produce or import it.

So, if you are not experiencing any problems with your air conditioner, you don’t have to do anything—at least not right now. However, you might want to consider replacing it now to avoid the high costs of R-22 or inconvenience if your system unexpectedly breaks down and needs to be replaced.

Call us or contact us on the web today. We’ll hop on over to your pad to discuss it.

The good news is manufacturers have developed new refrigerants that do not cause harm to the environment. Don’t listen to all of the confusing chatter out there. Talk to us about the best choice for you.

We’ll Weigh the Facts

If you are experiencing problems with your AC unit, we will provide you with an honest assessment of whether to repair or replace it. You might be tempted to repair your unit because it’s cheaper. However, this might end up being more costly over time. When we make our recommendation, we will first determine if a fix is even feasible. If your system is repairable, we’ll also consider its age and other circumstances, including the future high cost of R-22.

If a system replacement makes the most sense for you, we’ll assess your unique space and recommend choices that are affordable and reliable. New systems are more efficient, which can help reduce your monthly energy bills. Plus, you might be able to take advantage of tax breaks and other perks with a new, environmentally friendly unit.

We’re also the Nashville team you can count on for routine maintenance to keep your new system operating at peak efficiency for years to come.

Hop on a Call With Us! Frog’s Team Is Standing By!

Don’t hesitate to call your friends at Frog when you need one of our reliable, affordable electrical, cooling or heating services—including cooling repairs, heating maintenance or electrical wiring services in Nashville, TN. To learn more about any of our high-quality services, fill out our online form or call 615.823.3965!

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