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Aug 2016 31

Are Cheaper Coolants Better for HVAC Units?

Posted in Air Conditioning, All Posts, Featured, HVAC Education, Maintenance

As the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) continues to phase out what was once a staple HVAC fluid known was R-22, pricing for the aging coolant has skyrocketed. Are Cheaper Coolants Better than Freon for HVAC Units

Higher pricing for R-22 has left many wondering if turning to a cheaper alternative to help keep their aging HVAC units running is the best idea to cut corners and save money- but is this really the best answer?

Cutting Costs With Cheaper Coolants

One of the biggest rules when it comes to the safety of clients and the longevity of aging HVAC units is to never mix coolant fluids.

Unfortunately as prices for R-22 continue to rise as the EPA makes continual moves to more efficient coolant alternatives, HVAC owners are turning toward a dangerous trend of mixing cheaper fluids with it.

As far as the dangers of mixing cheaper chemicals go, many of the more affordable and accessible coolants contain either propane or butane, which can create a fire hazard or even explode if under the right conditions.

It is extremely dangerous to handle these chemicals, as well as illegal to add some of these main ingredients to your HVAC system.

Professional Maintenance is Key

When working with aging HVAC units, it is important to have the right team behind you with years of experience to ensure you are getting the best possible service.

At Alps Air Conditioning and Heating, HVAC units of all different models and ages are our specialty.

With over 30 years of experience, we make it our number one priority to give our customers the utmost professional opinion as well as craftsmanship when it comes to your unit and your families well-being during the sizzling summer days or chilly winter nights.

Cutting corners has never been an option for our team – if you have any questions on your aging HVAC unit, or would like to know more information on possibly replacing your unit, do not hesitate to reach us at 800- 994- 2577.

You can also schedule a free estimate, here.

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