Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Freon changing and how will it affect me?

Older style ‘R-22’ freon damages the earth’s ozone layer, and has been phasing out of use for many years. As time passes, it is quickly decreasing in supply, and the price is rising very fast. If you have a leaky A/C system that uses R-22, refilling it will be more expensive than ever. Many are replacing leaky R-22 A/C units instead of an expensive refill to a leaky system.

Can Freon leaks in R22 systems be repaired?

Possibly, but not likely. A/C systems have over 1000 welded joints in them, and many are hard to access or repair. Even when a microscopic leak is finally discovered, cost of repair and recharging with R22 is prohibitive and impractical. Money is better spent on a newer, more efficient system with a warranty!

What is replacing the old R-22 Freon?

A new freon called R410A is used in new A/C units. It’s more environmentally friendly, efficient and plentiful.

Can the new type of Freon be placed into older units?

No. It only works in new systems designed for it.

Can you replace only the outside part of the A/C unit?

No, modern day systems used matched pieces inside and out that must work together.

What is the average lifespan of an HVAC system?

12 to 17 years as an average.

Should I replace my furnace when I replace my A/C unit?

It’s usually a good idea. The furnace plays an integral role as part of the A/C system by using the fan and controls. It can make a big difference in the quality of how the A/C works, and also lower noise levels in the home.

What if it my furnace still works well?

Furnaces often continue to ‘work’ at an advanced age but become increasingly dangerous with wear and tear and loose efficiency. It’s wise not to try to stretch their usable life as the metal chambers inside (called heat exchangers) deteriorate substantially.

I have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector, doesn’t that keep me safe?

Although it’s a good idea to own them, CO detectors are not as safe and reliable as a new furnace in good working order. Some furnaces have Carbon Monoxide leaks and CO detectors do not activate, putting the homeowners in danger.

How often should I change my filter?

It depends on many factors but at least 4 times per year unless you have special high capacity media filters – they can go 6 to even 12 months.

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