Why Your Older HVAC System Needs to Go Before 2020


If we told you your HVAC heating and cooling costs would increase dramatically, but you could prevent those cost increases – would you?

Truth is, if you have an older system that uses R22 (freon) by 2020 you’ll be paying more (potentially a lot more) to refill or service it.

“Starting in 2020, R22 will no longer be manufactured [due to its negative impact on the ozone layer] which means every year it keeps getting more expensive,” said Jesse Galvan, Stuart Pro service manager.

So if your HVAC system is limping along, with a freon refill here and there, it’s time to re-think your strategy.

“If you have a gas furnace, you can replace only the AC and coil. We’ve learned, though, that when homeowners with gas furnaces only replace the AC, a year or two down the road they end up replacing the furnace anyway. Truth is, t’s less expensive to do it all at once,” Jesse said. “But if you have a heat pump (your house is all electric) you’re going to have to replace the entire system.”

Sound too expensive? Consider this.

“Yes, you can just repair your current HVAC system,” Jesse said. “There’s a drop in called R142b, but we don’t recommend it because it’s almost as expensive as replacing the entire system. Plus it’s not as efficient. If we hit the upper 90’s or 100’s, which we typically do, the R22 refrigerant in the drop in doesn’t cool as well. It’s just not worth the investment in a system that’s usually 12-15 years old anyway.”

Still thinking? Consider this: when you have Stuart Pro replace your HVAC system with R410a you automatically get a 10-year parts warranty and increased efficiency.

Ready to make a change and keep your home cool? Contact us!