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June 2018

R22 Phasing Out By 2020- What This Means for You and HVAC Repairs

R22 Phasing Out By 2020- What This Means for You and HVAC Repairs 290 143 Amy Gasca

R22 Phase Out: What it Means for You and Your HVAC System

Chances are you are already aware of the EPA’s decision to phase out R22 refrigerant. Studies over the years have discovered that the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) found in refrigerant are depleting the ozone layer. By 2020, the production of R22 will be discontinued.

So what does this mean for you?

If your HVAC unit was produced before 2010, it is very likely that your unit requires R22. Don’t panic yet. Because of the gradual phase out, R22 is still available to maintain current units that require it. So, you may continue to get use of your unit. But, because R22 is no longer being produced, costs of repairs and service are going to rise. The purpose of the phase out instead of an outright ban is to give people the chance to make a sound decision on whether they want to hold off on replacing their building’s units or go ahead on making the transition to a new unit.

Here are some options for you to consider:

1. Retrofitting

Retrofit technologies can make your existing unit hold out for longer before you make the jump for an all new unit and give you time to make a decision on which unit to buy. This process removes the old refrigerant in your system and replaces it with another, more environmentally friendly, refrigerant.

2. Complete Replacement

New systems come with the most energy efficient refrigerants widely available. These systems are more energy efficient and often have longer warranties than was typical just a few years ago.

3. Do Nothing!

You can simply just wait for your system to completely break down. We dont advise it, but hey- your call.

Be sure to get into contact with your mechanical contractor whether you decide to retrofit or replace your HVAC unit. They can guide you in the right direction as they certainly have a plan on how to handle the phase out.

 

Is it Time to Replace Your Commercial HVAC Unit?

Is it Time to Replace Your Commercial HVAC Unit? 700 330 Amy Gasca

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Is it Time to Replace Your Commerical HVAC Unit?

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<b>With summer approaching, this is the best time to decide whether it’s time to replace your current HVAC unit. A properly functioning unit is essential not only for you, your customers, and employees, but also vital in keeping expenses at bay. When deciding on whether you should keep your current unit or replace it with a new one, consider the following:

 

 

<b>1. Age: How old is your unit?

 

A HVAC unit typically has a life span of 10-15 years with proper maintenance (according to ASHRAE). If your systems are approaching 20 years, it may be time to consider replacing them. Fixing an older unit can become costly in the long run and difficult as parts may be discontinued. Also note that R22 refrigerant that is used in older units is facing a complete phase out by 2020.

 

 

<b>2. Costs: Are you really saving money?

 

You may be more inclined to continue to pay for repairs throughout the year for a lesser cost than buying an entire new unit. Take the time to calculate repairs you’ve made on your system. Constant repairs add up eventually and can even cost you more than replacement. Rule of thumb: If repairs exceed 50% of the cost of a new unit, its time to spend wiser and replace it.

 

 

<b>3. Energy Efficiency: Are your energy bills unnecessarily high?

 

Roof top units consume up to 30% of a building energy consumption when running at optimal efficiency. Running a low efficiency unit is extremely costly over time along with the miscellaneous repairs you may already be making. A newer unit can save you thousands in the long run. Ask your mechanical contractor about the different energy efficient options that may make sense for your building and organization.

 

 

 

<b>Of course, also use your own judgement and common sense. Does your unit look rusty and old? Are you constantly replacing parts and making small repairments? Are your employees complaining about noise and uncomfortable temperatures? These are likely signs of a bigger problem. Putting a band-aid on these things will only increase your expenses. If you reach the decision that it is time to replace your HVAC unit, get in touch with a technician so they can recommend the best unit for you and your building.

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3 Reasons You Should Be On a Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your HVAC

3 Reasons You Should Be On a Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your HVAC 1880 1112 Amy Gasca

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Being on a preventative maintenance plan with a HVAC contractor will save you the headache of wondering the status of your HVAC unit. Although you may not directly encounter your unit everyday, you do reap the benefits of it every second you are in your building. Whether you are accommodating guests, housing employees, or maintaining a climate for your business operations, your HVAC system is essential in your daily operations. So instead of waiting for something to happen to your unit, consider hiring a HVAC contractor and getting on a preventative maintenance plan. Here are 3 reasons to weigh in to your decision:
 
1. Longer Life Span
Neglected equipment has to over compensate in order to do its job. Over time, your equipment will begin to show signs of exhaustion and you will be forced to pay for repairs and replacements. Instead of spending money on these potentially frequent and costly repairs, invest in a Preventive Maintenance plan. This will extend the life span of your machine by as much as 5 years and reduces the chance of reactive repairs.
Typically, your contractor will service your unit before each coming season. The good thing is PM plans can be tailored to correctly satisfy your needs. We have some clients that have us coming every day or every week, while we have some clients who only need us once a year.
2. Lower Energy Bill
HVAC functions are the one of the largest components of your energy bill. As mentioned before, neglected equipment must work harder to do its job. If your energy bill is unnecessarily high, neglect of your hvac system may be the one to blame. With preventative maintenance, your systems will be running at peak performance. With your components running as efficiently as possible, this will translate into lower energy bills.
3. Improve Air Quality
There are countless studies that demonstrate the effect air quality has on employee performance. Poor air quality, and even the perception of poor air quality, can hinder the productivity of employees. Being too cold or too hot, too drafty or stuffy, and even odors can make an office uncomfortable. A PM plan can minimize the effects of these things through maintaining a stable environment. Not to mention if you are in the business of accommodation, like a spa or hotel, air quality is vital for your business operations. A PM plan is an effective way to avoid surprises and keep units working in order for you to operate your business.
 
BONUS:  Value Added Benefits
Because good maintenance reduces the amount of breakdowns, some contractors may offer preventive maintenance clients some value with features like response time guarantees. Talk with your mechanical contractor and see what they can do for you.
Once you have decided that a preventative maintenance plan for your commercial HVAC is a good fit for you and your needs, be sure to get in contact with a HVAC contractor to decide what is best for you. A certified tech will be able to answer your questions regarding how often you need maintenance and what your units exactly need. 

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