Reno, NV (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
The heat this week in Reno will be unbearable. High temperatures will exceed 100 degrees F. Silverstate HVAC of Reno http://www.silverstaterefrigeration.com/ knows from experience that many HVAC systems will not handle the heat and major breakdowns are inevitable. Because of the EPA ban on R-22 refrigerant, repair costs have skyrocketed. This leads many homeowners and commercial property managers to elect to replace air conditioners sooner than they had expected.
The cost of the air conditioner refrigerant R-22 has risen greatly over the past couple of years. This is due to the implementation of United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules governing the usage and disposal of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) that some say will deplete the earth's ozone layer and allows harmful ultraviolet rays to come into contact with humans and other living organisms.
The United States, along with 197 other countries and the now European Union, signed the Montreal Protocol treaty in 1987 to bring an end to the production and usage of the refrigerant R-22 over a 33 year period. This did truly not affect the cost of R-22 (Freon) until 2010, when the use in the United States was to decrease by 75 percent of the baseline set in 1987. However, manufacturers did not stop producing air conditioning units that used the refrigerant until 2010. There are millions of air conditioning units currently being used that were built using this once inexpensive refrigerant.
When an air conditioner needs maintenance or repair that requires adding refrigerant, some owners have been shocked by the tremendous increase in cost. Since 2010, the price has roughly tripled in most markets to have the R-22 refrigerant replaced in air conditioners and other cooling equipment. This price increase is a direct result of the diminishing supply of R-22.
Another factor that has played into the recent price increases was the ruling by the EPA to encourage use of reclaimed R-22 by further cutting production of new supplies by 47 percent between 2012 and 2014. Reclaimed R-22 can still be used provided it is recycled back into its pure state until that supply is depleted.
Homeowners and businesses have little choice in using R-22 if their current air conditioning units were manufactured to use this product. New forms of refrigerant are not compatible with the older air conditioning equipment. One would have to purchase new equipment that uses new refrigerant chemicals to avoid having to pay for the increase in servicing costs on the old equipment.
The price of R-22 refrigerant is not expected to go down. As the current supplies dwindle, those who have decided to hold onto their old air conditioning units should see the price continue to increase until the rest of the supply of R-22 is gone.
Silverstate Heating and Air of Reno
A heating and air conditioning repair contractor serving the entire Reno NV area, including Sparks and Carson City as well as the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. The company employs NATE certified technicians that are licensed, bonded, insured and certified to repair Maytag, Trane, Carrier, Amana, Goodman, American Standard, Lennox, Bryant, Rheem, Ruud and other top air conditioning and heating equipment found in residential and light commercial applications.
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