AC Repair and R-22: Does Your Albany, N.Y. Home Have an Old AC Unit?

If the air conditioner in your Albany, N.Y. home was made before January 1, 2010, there is a good possibility that it contains refrigerant known as R-22, or Freon. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the reason this refrigerant has since been phased out and replaced with the more environmentally sound R-410A is for the protection of the Earth’s ozone layer. You may be wondering, though, if your pre-2010 air conditioner needs repairs, can they be made? The simple answer is yes, but there are some facts you should know should your system require repair services.

First of all, you don’t have to replace your system even if it contains R-22. Part of the EPA’s regulations included the banning of production of air conditioning equipment containing R-22, but that doesn’t mean older equipment can’t be repaired. While the EPA called for this refrigerant to be phased out, they still have allowed reduced quantities to be produced in order to make repairs to Freon systems. Pre-2010 systems can still be repaired, and components such as condensing units replaced.

If you’re in a situation where the air conditioner in your Albany, N.Y. home is in need of major repair, however, you might wish to consider investing in a new unit that uses R-410A. Why? R-410A is a more efficient, more Earth-friendly refrigerant. You might decided that it’s worthwhile to purchase a more energy-efficient system so you can save energy and cut down on your utility bills. Or, you might want to choose something that’s simply greener. And, if you replace your system now, you won’t need to worry about the high cost of repairs using R-22 – the cost of the refrigerant will only increase as the supply dwindles.

If you do decide that you’d like to replace the old R-22 unit in your Albany, N.Y. home, Family Danz can help you find an air conditioning system that can help you save on your utility bills and is perfect for your home and your lifestyle. We can also help you find rebates and incentives on certain high-efficiency AC equipment, to help you save money now and in the future. If you would like more information on high-efficiency air conditioning systems or any of our other products services, call us today at 518-427-8685.