Hot News about Air Conditioning Refrigerant

Many older air conditioners and refrigerators once used Freon, the trade name for R-22 and certain other refrigerants and aerosol propellants manufactured by The Chemours Company. However, the product was banned in 2015 by the Environmental Protection Agency and it is scheduled to be completely phased out by 2020. The EPA deemed R-22 and other chlorofluorocarbons to be hazardous to the environment by causing ozone depletion.

Although R-22 is still being manufactured to maintain existing HVAC equipment, many homeowners with older HVAC systems that rely on R-22 are facing increased costs for the refrigerant due to the dwindling stockpile of that product. And, after 2020, R-22 won’t be manufactured or imported in the United States at all. Because of the environmental issues with R-22, HVAC service contractors in the US must have an EPA refrigerant usage certification in order to buy refrigerant and repair systems that contain ozone-depleting refrigerants such as R-22.

So, what does all this mean for our customers?

More environmentally friendly refrigerant: R-410A

R410-A RefrigerantAt Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, Inc., we switched to a refrigerant called R-410A. In fact, we have been using it since 1995 when it was first introduced, because it is much more environmentally friendly. Unlike R-22, 401A does not contain bromine or chlorine (which contribute to ozone depletion). It also enables higher SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings, reducing power consumption which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

For homeowners with older HVAC systems, now is the time to upgrade to more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly equipment that use 410A; remember, if your system breaks down after January 2020 (only 18 months from now), you will be faced with a replacement at that time. There are ways to retrofit an older system to use the newer refrigerant but it’s not possible for all systems, so your Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric technician will have to assess whether or not we can do the conversion. If not, a retroactive HVAC system replacement will be more cost-effective in the long run.

If you’re interested in upgrading your HVAC system to a more energy-efficient unit, ask about our new HVAC system special that is good through the end of June, with zero percent financing for 36 months (we have other favorable financing programs available as well). Or ask about our $500 installation coupon here.

Not ready for a new system? Contact Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric about system maintenance that will help keep your HVAC system running at its peak, at (973) 237-0505 or info@bloomfieldcooling.com.

Time for Your Air Conditioning Maintenance

BloomfieldSpring_2015PostCard-1The temperatures are heating up.  It is time to get your Air Conditioning System in shape so it doesn’t fail during the hottest months of the year. Remember, equipment is only as  good as the service performed on it.

 

When you neglect necessary maintenance you ensure a decline in performance and an increase in your energy consumption.

 

Checkups are necessary.  We know this from our own health.  Just because you are feeling fine, doesn’t mean you skip your check up at the doctor.  Most physicals, like most maintenances, are not going to reveal a catastrophic event.  However, by doing routine maintenance we can stave off these events and ensure a healthy system.

 

What is done during a maintenance?

Change the filter – Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow.  By blocking air flow, you reduce the system’s efficiency.   The air that is supposed to be filtered and clean, will bypass the filter and move through the system to the coil.  The dirty air will travel to the evaporator coil and will impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity.  According to the Department of energy, replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

Clean the coil – The outdoor condenser coil can become very dirty.  When maintenance is performed, the coil is cleaned with a special chemical and water to ensure that it has the best ability to remove heat from you home.  You should also take steps to keep the area around the condenser clear.  Minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit.  When landscaping, make sure mulch, lawn clippings and leaves are kept clear of the condenser.

Condensate Line Flush – An air conditioning system is removing humidity from your home, but this moisture needs to escape somewhere.  As part of maintenance you should have your condensate line flushed to ensure the water can leave your house without a problem. These lines can become blocked with algae or debris preventing water from escaping.  This can result in two disasters.  First, the water can stay in the coil and mold will start to grow.  Second, the water can back up enough that it starts to overflow into your home.

Tighten all electrical connections – All electrical connections are tightened and checked for frayed wires and corroded terminals.

Check electrical components – Electrical contractors are checked for worn and pitted contact points.  Check all electrical relays for worn points.

Check refrigerant charge – Every air conditioning system has an ideal amount of refrigerant.  When an air conditioning system is not charged correctly it has an adverse effect on the system.  It reduces the system’s efficiency, impairs its ability to cool effectively and shortens the life of your condenser.  Note – a person that handles refrigerant must be certified.

Mitsubishi Joins our Product Offerings

Mitsubishi HyperheatWe are pleased to announce the addition of Mitsubishi ductless cooling & heating products to our installation lines.  The advantage of the Mitsubishi ductless systems is the variety of its applications.  The Hyper-Heating Models make Heat Pumps a realistic option for any home, in any climate.  The MSZ-FH family of Hyper-Heating INVERTER residential systems offer year-round, high-efficiency cooling and heating for a variety of rooms.  Zones are single or multiple room spaces that are conditioned to a set temperature and are operated independently from other rooms within the same structure.  This means you can cool or heat only the rooms you utilize.  Mitsubishi features:

  • Industry-leading efficiency of 30.5 SEER
  • Hyper-Heating performance down to -13° F outdoor ambient
  • 100% heating capacity at 5° F outdoor ambient
  • Triple-action filtration
  • Double-vane air delivery for enhanced air circulation
  • I-see Sensor 3D
  • Multi-function wireless controller