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AC Care: Prep for the R-22 Phaseout

Monday, October 7th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

refrigerant-line-outside-acFirst off, you might be wondering what R-22 is. It’s refrigerant—the substance needed for your central air conditioner or heat pump to function at all. Perhaps you have a basic understanding of how refrigerant works, and you might have even had someone tell you that refrigerant needs to be refilled (called recharged in the HVAC industry) every once in a while.

First off, that’s not true—if your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak in the line that has to be repaired before it can be recharged. In the ideal scenario, your AC system has enough refrigerant upon installation to last throughout its entire lifespan.

That brings us back to R-22. If your system is a decade old or older, chances are that it uses this type of refrigerant. And unfortunately, R-22 is being phased out. The reason is due to the harmful effects it has on the environment, so it’s for a good cause! But you may be in for an unpleasant surprise should your older AC need refrigerant. (more…)

No, You Should Not Have to Refill Your Refrigerant Regularly

Monday, February 12th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

HVAC heating and air conditioning residential units or heat pumpsOne of the most common questions we get is in regards to whether or not a customer’s refrigerant needs to be refilled. The short answer is, “It shouldn’t have to be refilled at all, unless something is wrong.”

There is a pretty common misbelief among homeowners that refrigerant is something that diminishes over time, much like gasoline does in a car or some gas-powered appliances. This isn’t the case with refrigerant, though. This important heat-transfer fluid continuously cycles through your air conditioner or heat pump, effectively bringing you a comfortable indoor climate. (more…)