A government mandate in 2009 has stopped the manufacturing of the refrigerant or freon known as R22. This means that customers will have to eventually replace their air conditioner systems if they haven’t already. The conversion to another Freon called R410A or Puron came after it was decided that the other form of Freon, which includes chlorine, is affecting the ozone layer.
The changeover not only impacts consumers, but those who repair and replace the systems.
In St. George, air conditioning is vital in keeping people cool, especially during the heat of the blistering summer months. In order to keep your air conditioning systems as long as you can, it’s recommended that you service them on a quarterly basis or at least twice a year.
To learn more, KCSG reporter Melissa Anderson interviewed a reputable air condition service company in St. George that specializes in both residential and commercial repair and replacement. Frank Kuhn owns the local Kuhn's Home Automation and Air. The record heat in June and beyond is causing them to work overtime to keep their customers cool.
Kuhn says two top warning signs that your air conditioner isn’t working properly are:
It’s not cooling down as it should, and it starts getting really noisy. He said to turn it off and call a repair technician. He also said it takes more time and energy to turn the air off and on than it does to leave the system on at a constant temperature. Most people will set their air thermostats between 74 - 77 degrees.
"If you see water leaking near your air conditioning unit, it may be just be the drainage system due to higher humidity levels," Kuhn said. "In most cases, it’s when you don’t see any water draining especially after a rainstorm, that you will notice a problem."
The three fastest ways to ‘freeze up’ your air condition unit are: if you’re filters are dirty; it’s low on freon; or you turn it down to 60 degrees trying to get it to cool down faster.
Those looking to get their air conditioning repaired or serviced should ask for references or make sure they are dealing with a reputable repair company. If you aren’t sure about a suggestion about replacing your air conditioning unit you might want to ask for a second opinion from another company.
Most air conditioning service companies charge for a service call but will add that price into the repair if you choose to have them repair the problem.
For more questions about the changeover of freon, check out a story by Tom Durbin at http://www.tomdurbin.com/freonstory/