We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
The increased cost of transporting goods between countries, layered on top of dozens of industries competing for a limited supply of goods has led to huge price increases for the inputs necessary for production. Since December, core HVACR commodities like copper, steel, and plastic have seen their prices increase by an average of 55 percent, leading to a 3.4 percent increase in the prices manufacturers charge distributors (with more price increases on the horizon).
What is Refrigerant?
Refrigerant is a compound typically found in either a fluid or gaseous state. It readily absorbs heat from the environment and can provide refrigeration or air conditioning when combined with other components such as compressors and evaporators. If you’ve heard about the R22 refrigerant phase out in favor of R410A refrigerant, you might be especially interested to know more about how refrigerant works and what part it plays in cooling your home. Refrigerants work to cool your home by absorbing heat from the inside air, and then transforms from a low pressure gas to a high pressure liquid. The hot air is then sent outside. The refrigerant then cools down and & transforms back to a gas, where outside air is brought in over these cold, refrigerant-filled coils, and cooled down before being sent back into your home. There are many types of refrigerants used, and each system has a different refrigerant requirement. The only types used in residential HVAC systems are R22 & R410a, also called by their brand names: “Freon, & Puron”
What is Causing the Price Increase?
So far, the cost increases of refrigerant can be traced back to increases in steel prices, which directly contributes to the cost of the steel cylinders that hold the refrigerant. Major refrigerant manufacturers Honeywell, Chemours, and Arkema have also slowed down or halted the production of refrigerants during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as such, supply chains are working to ramp back up. Another factor of cost increases can be attributed to increases in fuel & labor costs, which directly contributes to the costs of manufacturing & transportation, ultimately causing a price increase.
What Does This Mean For You?
All air conditioning systems use refrigerant to cool the air within your home, so this means that if your unit is low on refrigerant, you will be the one directly paying for the increase in price. As a perk of being part of our Planned Maintenance Agreement, priority customers receive the first pound of R-410A refrigerant free of charge during our cooling maintenance visits.