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The facts San Antonio home owners need to know about R-22!

EPA Regulates Home AC Refrigerant

If you are living in San Antonio, Texas and haven’t been caught up with the latest on the air conditioning refrigerant phasing out, here’s what you need to know.

What is R-22?

R-22 is an air conditioning refrigerant found in most air conditioners installed prior to 2010. This refrigerant is the sole reason for why your AC system produces cool air when you need it to. This chemical solution epitomizes the purpose of an air conditioner.

How do I know if my AC system uses R-22?

The likelihood of your air conditioning system requiring R-22 is higher if your system was manufactured and installed prior to 2010. However, it would be in your family’s best interest to contact Tiger Services so that you can have complete certainty of what your system uses.

Because of these intolerable effects, the EPA has prohibited the refrigerant’s continued use and has already initiated its phaseout in 2018. By January 2020, the chemical that gives your air conditioning unit life will officially no-longer be produced.

What does this mean for you and your family?

Well for starters, it is important to note that because R-22 will no-longer be manufactured or produced, its price value is expected to rise. If your family’s home cooling system is one that still requires R-22 to function, you will want to find a local air conditioning company like Tiger Services that certified to provide you with R-22 or replace your existing system to one that is compliant with the recent regulations of the EPA.

So, why is R-22 phasing out?

Good question. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a federal agency who is responsible for protecting human and environmental health, has determined that R-22 is one of the many factors contributing to the depletion of our Earth’s Ozone layer.

Depletion of the Ozone layer has proven consequences, including the following:

  • Increased Risk in Developing Skin Cancer
  • Increased Risk for Eye Damage
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Development in Respiratory Issues
  • Loss of Earth’s species
  • Disruption of Carbon Cycle in the Ocean
  • Global Warming

What costs are associated with waiting until 2020?

Cost of Convenience - If the current air conditioner leaks out the R22 and more refrigerant needs to be added back to the system to get the system functional for a few days till the equipment can be replaced. – estimated costs $450-$700.

Cost of Staying Comfortable - If the leak is too large and will not hold the R22, a few portable air conditioners will need to be purchased or maybe a hotel rented until the equipment can be replaced. - $395-$900.

Cost of Higher Utility Bills - The older air conditioners are not as efficient and use more electricity every day they are running. If a cooling system is leaking refrigerant, it runs longer in order to cool the house and causes the utility bills to sky rocket.

Costs of Replacement is Higher (Peak Season) - If the equipment is replaced in the middle of the summer, many times the rates are higher because of the overtime expense of the labor and the manufacturers do not offer discounts during peak seasons.

Because of these intolerable effects, the EPA has prohibited the refrigerant’s continued use and has already initiated its phaseout in 2018. By January 2020, the chemical that gives your air conditioning unit life will officially no-longer be produced.

Find out today if your ac is using R-22 refrigerant!
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How to be fully-prepared and well-equipped for the R-22 phaseout:

When it comes to stressing out about the R-22 phaseout, don’t.  There’s no need to worry since Tiger Services is ready to help you and the rest of the San Antonio area find the solutions you need. For many people finding themselves in the situation where they need to make the switch from R-22 refrigerant, we offer R410a.

What is R410a?

R410 is the guilt-free and overall better alternative for cooling your home. The new refrigerant, R410a, serves as the optimal solution homeowners need in the phasing out of R-22. This coolant-replacement will not only be able to cool your home effectively and efficiently, but it also has a higher safety rating than R-22. However, unlike the phased-out refrigerant, R410a doesn’t contribute to depleting Earth’s Ozone layer.

Tiger Services’ team of certified and trained professional is here to help navigate you through this fluctuating time with ease. We have the experience and resources to make this transition for you and your home one so simple, you will forget even having to deal with it in the first place.

If you aren't sure whether or not your current system uses R-22 and are living in the San Antonio or surrounding areas, call Tiger Services today at (210) 344-0060.


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