If last month's record-breaking heat wave took a toll on your A/C...
It could cost you a lot more to get it fixed.
In this Angie's List Report... Help for those affected homeowners.
Federal regulations turn a commonly available air conditioning system refrigerant into a scarce resource this summer. And that could make a lot of homeowners sweat.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List explained, "The regulations have changed when it comes to air conditioners. The older models use a Freon that is not going to be available in a few years and because of that production of that Freon has reduced causing the price to go up. So if you have to replace the Freon in an older model you are likely going to pay more this year."
Consumers report spending two and three times the amount for a common type of refrigerant than in previous years.
Larry Howald is an HVAC Contractor. He explained, "For a homeowner who for many years may have a small leak in their systems and just have us come out in the spring or summer and top it off with a pound or two- well back in the day that might have run them a couple of hundred dollars. And with today's prices of R22, it may be $500 to $600."
So Angie suggests replacing your A/C unit if its more than seven years old. But be sure to talk to the experts, first. Hicks said, "When you consult with your heating and cooling company ask them about the developments that are happening with the Freon and how long you'll have to use your air conditioner because after a few years that Freon won't be available at all anymore. They can help you time that purchase correctly and also help you to be able to understand how much you are going to save on your monthly bill by having a more efficient unit."
This story kicked off our new Angie's List Report segment.
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