What You Should Know About Your Air Conditioner Replacement

residential cooling system replacementLike all appliances in your home, your air conditioning system has a lifespan. When your system has reached the end of its life, you are going to need to have it replaced. When this happens, you should contact R.F. Ohl.

All of our technicians have ample experience, and they are highly knowledgeable. When you work with R.F. Ohl, you can be sure that you are getting the best service at the most affordable prices.

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If you have received an estimate from another company, we provide free second opinions as well. Second opinions are a great way to ensure that your system gets a correct diagnosis and that you can use the best solution to take care of the problem.

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Air Conditioning And R-22-What You Need To Know

When the cold days of winter come to an end, we move into the warmer summer months. Spring is the best time to schedule an air conditioning system inspection and maintenance. A tune-up is a great way to ensure that it will be up and running throughout the entire cooling season.

Many homeowners don’t know what type of refrigerant their air conditioning system uses. The type of coolant that your AC uses is something that you should know due to the changes in the HVAC industry. There is a phase-out of certain substances that are toxic and environmentally unfriendly.

If you have an older unit, there is a good chance that it uses the refrigerant R-22. Unfortunately, this refrigerant is not only toxic, but it is also harmful to the Earth’s ozone layer. Because of this, regulations set forth by the EPA have called for a phase-out of this type of refrigerant. If you own a unit that uses R-22, you may wonder what this means for you. In this article, you will learn a bit about the type of refrigerant that your unit uses and what you can do if your air conditioner uses R-22.

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Checking Your Air Conditioner

R22 refrigerant in an old air conditioning systemIf you aren’t sure what type of refrigerant your air conditioning system uses, you can find out on your own. By looking at the label on the outdoor air compressor unit, you can get the information that you need. New models use R410-A. Older model use R-22.

If your system is using R-22 and it requires a repair service, you should figure out whether it is worth fixing or if you should replace the unit. If you have a refrigerant leak, you are better off replacing the unit since R-22 refrigerant prices are astronomical. It is better to invest your hard earned money in a new A/C.

Why Is R-22 So Bad?

refrigerant for air conditionerR-22 refrigerant has been in use for many years. Older appliances, heat pumps, and air conditioners commonly use this refrigerant. In 1987, the U.S. called for a reduction in the use of all hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) products that are toxic, is harmful to the ozone layer, or is a greenhouse gas.

Because R-22 falls into this category, it is no longer in production. Because of this phase-out, HVAC companies pay a lot of money to purchase it which can result in a high repair cost for you. In time, HVAC companies won’t have the ability to get R-22 at all. The lack of availability can make it impossible to repair your unit, making it necessary for you to replace yours.

Repair Or Replace your Air Conditioner

Most reputable HVAC companies suggest that homeowners with R-22 cooling systems replace their current unit with a new one. For starters, R-22 units are often at the end of their lifespan, making replacing the unit necessary.  Also, because it is so difficult to get R-22, repairing your old system is very costly. You are better off investing your money into a new central air conditioner replacement cost rather than wasting your money fixing your old one. While installing a new system is expensive, R-22’s phase-out makes it inevitable that you will soon need a central air conditioner installation.

If you have to replace your current AC unit, you will reduce your carbon footprint. Also, the newer units are much more efficient, which reduces your cooling costs. Also, if you install a modern system, it will keep your home cooler than your old unit. Furthermore, if you have an outdated heating system and AC system, you can save money if you replace them both. The average cost of furnace and air conditioner replacement combinations are much cheaper than replacing them both separately.
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Call R.F. Ohl For Your Air Conditioner Replacement

R.F. Ohl provides trusted HVAC services for residential and commercial properties. You can count on us to offer you honest prices and superb services. All of our heating and cooling techs have the training and the knowledge to do the job correctly, the first time around.

We also will provide you with all of your available options so that you can make an informed decision. By knowing your options, you will have the ability to decide what works best for you. We complete all of our services in a quick, efficient, and professional manner. Excellent customer service is our priority.

Some of our services include air conditioning installation, maintenance, and repairs. Best of all, we offer free estimates and free second opinions. For an HVAC replacement cost, we will provide you with a written air conditioner replacement cost estimate and offer you the best central air conditioner prices. We even take extra safety considerations when getting an air conditioner installed. R.F. Ohl can install surge protectors on all new A/C installs. We can also “retrofit” existing units too. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

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R. F. Ohl is an authorized dealer for Bryant HVAC systems. This designation implies that our NATE certified HVAC technicians have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to service all brands of heaters and AC units, including Bryant heating and cooling systems. We have partnered with this high-quality brand because they manufacture the most reliable HVAC equipment in the entire industry. Our designation as an authorized dealer means that our technicians have passed a rigorous set of standards and education that Bryant requires. To learn more about Bryant systems, click here.

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