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Hidden Costs of an Old HVAC System: The Impact of R22 Phase-Out and New EPA Regulations

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Talk about sticker shock! If you have an older HVAC system and need to repair or recharge it lately, you have undoubtedly experienced sticker shock.

As a homeowner or building manager, it’s important to understand the costs associated with running an old HVAC system, especially with new EPA regulations and the cost of R22 refrigerant. HVAC systems are one of the biggest energy consumers in a home or building, and the costs associated with running an old system are increasing dramatically.

Old HVAC systems typically have lower efficiency ratings, which means they use more energy to achieve the same level of heating or cooling as a newer system. This increased energy consumption drives up energy bills and contributes to increased greenhouse gas emissions.

Adding to the problem, the cost of R22 refrigerant, which is commonly used in older HVAC systems, has been steadily increasing due to its phase-out. R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) that has been found to contribute to ozone depletion, and the EPA has mandated a phase-out of R22 production and importation in the United States.

As a result, the cost of R22 has skyrocketed, making it more expensive to recharge an older HVAC system with this refrigerant. This is especially concerning for homeowners or building managers with older systems prone to leaks, which require frequent recharging with R22.

To address these issues, the EPA has implemented regulations to phase out the use of R22 refrigerant and encourage the use of more environmentally friendly refrigerants. Newer HVAC systems are designed to use refrigerants with lower global warming potential (GWP) and ozone depletion potential (ODP), which not only help reduce the carbon footprint of a building but also help avoid the increasing cost of R22.

Additionally, newer HVAC systems have higher efficiency ratings and often come equipped with smart technology that can optimize energy usage and help reduce energy bills. While the upfront cost of upgrading to a new HVAC system can be significant, the long-term savings in energy bills and reduced maintenance costs can make it a worthwhile investment.

Fortunately, the government and system manufacturers are offering some terrific incentives to help make upgrading to a new, high-efficiency system much easier and more affordable. From tax credits to rebates to discounts, the team of HVAC experts at Frasier’s has done all the digging and will help you take advantage of all possible incentives. You could qualify for as much as $3650 off a new system.

Contact us today to schedule a visit with a Comfort Consultant to learn more.

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