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Outdated AC Systems Are Losing Their Cool

April 01, 2023

The recent government environmental ban on R-22 freon coolant, commonly used in air conditioning systems manufactured before 2010, has left many homeowners wondering about their options for maintaining their current AC systems or upgrading to a new one. As a responsible homeowner, it’s important to stay informed about the changes in regulations and the potential impact on your cooling system.

Valiant Energy Solutions is here to guide you through the process and help you make the right choice for your home, your budget and the environment. We have outlined your options below and provided key information to help you make an informed decision.

Option 1: maintain your current system

Maintaining your current air conditioning system may be a viable choice if you want to avoid the upfront costs of retrofitting or replacing the system altogether. If you opt for this route, our technicians can assess whether it is possible to use newer coolants as a replacement for the R-22 freon coolant. It’s crucial to understand that R-22 freon coolant is no longer available.

Additionally, if your system experiences a breakdown unrelated to a coolant leak, it’s important to weigh the cost of repair against the potential energy savings and efficiency of a new system that doesn’t rely on R-22 freon coolant. Keep in mind that maintaining your current system may be less energy-efficient in the long run, which could lead to increased energy costs and a larger carbon footprint.

Option 2: retrofit your system

Retrofitting your current air conditioning system to work with newer, more environmentally friendly coolants is an alternative to completely replacing the system. This option could help extend the life of your existing AC unit while adhering to the recent R-22 freon coolant ban. Our expert technicians can provide a free, in-depth assessment to determine whether retrofitting is a viable option for your specific system.

The retrofitting process involves evaluating your existing system’s components and identifying an appropriate replacement coolant that meets environmental regulations and is compatible with your system. In some cases, certain components may need to be replaced to ensure efficient functioning with the new refrigerant. However, retrofitting may lead to decreased cooling effectiveness, lower system efficiency, and additional maintenance requirements.

It is also crucial to consider warranty implications, as retrofitting your AC system could void any existing warranty and potentially affect future repair or maintenance costs. While retrofitting may reduce the environmental impact of your AC system, it’s essential to consider the potential decrease in energy efficiency when evaluating the overall environmental benefits. Consulting with an HVAC professional, such as Valiant Energy Solutions, can help you determine if retrofitting is the right choice for your home and your specific AC system.

Option 3: replace your system

Investing in a new, energy-efficient AC system is a great way to cut energy costs while having cool, comfortable air inside your home all summer long. With advanced technology and improved design, the right AC system can significantly reduce the amount of energy you consume, allowing you to pocket some extra cash each month and have peace of mind knowing that you’re making an environmentally conscious decision at the same time. Additionally, many manufacturers offer extended warranties on parts and labor as part of their package deals so you can be sure your investment is covered.

Financing options for AC systems are widely available–from 0% interest loans to flexible payment plans–so you don’t have to worry about stressing out over payments. You can find special equipment offers from select companies featuring attractive installation packages with added benefits like improved air quality control or advanced comfort settings for convenience and year-round comfort.

While upfront costs may seem high, replacing your current AC system with a newer, more efficient model will save money in the long run thanks to reduced energy consumption and lower electric bills throughout the hot months. Every homeowner should consider the environmental impact of their decisions when it comes to upgrading appliances as well. Investing in a more efficient system not only helps reduce emissions from electricity generation but also reduces waste caused by inefficient cooling products that run up unnecessarily high utility bills.

At Valiant Energy Solutions, we understand the importance of making the right choice for your home, budget, and environment. We’re committed to providing professional guidance and support as you navigate the R-22 freon coolant ban and explore your options for maintaining or upgrading your AC system. Contact us today for a free quote, and let us help you make the best decision for your home and family.

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