Friday, July 20, 2012

R-22 Refrigerant, Global Warming and What It Means To You

 Homeowners with aging home comfort systems will eventually face the decision of whether to repair or replace a malfunctioning air conditioner or heat pump.  When it's a new system with R-22 refrigerant, the decision can become even more complicated considering the mandated ban on the manufacturing of new, R-22 charged equipment. As a Bryant Dealer, we have the ability to offer another alternative to repairing and old unit.  That new alternative is the dry R-22 air conditioner or heat pump. 

Because everyone homeowner and every situation is a little different, we'll need to do an assessment before making your recommendations.  Some homeowners are simply motivated by the bottom line, lowest cost solution and may not be interested in a lot of equipment options.  However, if you are willing to consider alternative solutions or recommendations, we can help by discussing your short-term and long-term intentions with the home. 

For example, if you are moving soon, a low cost fix might be most appealing.  Or, a full system replacement or a brand new R-22 unit might make the property more appealing in a tough housing market.  If you are planning to remain in the home for as long as possible, it may be wise to invest in a new, higher efficiency, longer warranty Puron refrigerant system.

The cost of R-22 is rising because of the mandate on it due to it's large contritution to global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. If you decide to repair an older R-22 unit you can expect to pay more for refrigerant as the years go by. However, the dry shipped unit is a good alternative depending on your future life plans. If your in the market for a new central air conditioning system, let us help you make the best decision. Give us a call for a free in home estimate.

Have a wonderful weekend!