What is R22 and why does it cost so much
R22 is a refrigerant that was first formulated in 1928 and was monumental as the first non flammable refrigerating fluid
The phase out of R22 has been underway for some time, however due the immense demand created by very widespread use of this refrigerant it has been available for service and maintenance until now. 01/01/2020 R22 cannot be manufactured any longer
With the advent of R410a refrigerant in 1991 it took nearly 20 years for the use of R410a to be mandated by the EPA and Jan 1, 2010 marked the beginning of a new era in the HVAC industry mandating all new refrigerant containing HVAC equipment be R410a
What is 410A Refrigerant?
410A is the latest refrigerant to be adopted by the EPA and is more environmentally friendly than R22
410A air conditioners and heat pumps do have added safety measures in place such as sensors and hi pressure cut devices older systems did not have. This is because 410A operates at a significantly higher pressure than R22
Aside from the aforementioned this new refrigerant has significant benifets like being far more efficient transferring heating and cooling
WHAT STEPS MUST BE TAKEN TO UPGRADE MY HVAC SYSTEM?
DETAILED SITE SURVEY
It begins with a thorough in depth look and your home, existing equipment, building design and inspection of your duct work. This provides us the information we to understand what the job will take to accomplish including any code upgrades that may need to be performed to pass inspections. We then generate a scope of work.
We take the scope of work to develop a series of options that best suits your individual needs and budget. This includes selecting equipment to propose and logistics involved to material required to protect the path of travel to work area down to what corks your municipal inspector may look for. We determine what modifications may be required like sheetrock or trim repair, side gate removal etc. We then can generate a detailed proposal.
HVAC PROPOSAL IS ACCEPTED THE REAL WORK BEGINS..
Your Licensed HVAC Contractor will gather all project details: property owner, accessor parcel number, construction type, home square footage, climate zone information, existing equipment details, proposed equipment details and specs along with specific scope of work and complete and submit all California CF1R Forms
Building Permit Process
Next, apply for the hvac permit from your local building department. Did you know, contractors must pay to obtain a business license in every city and county they operate within? or if a ladder is required, the contractor must go back to wait onsite the day of inspection to provide and set up ladder for the hvac inspection?
HVAC PROCUREMENT, DELIVERY AND DISPOSAL
ORDER HVAC EQUIPMENT
At this point the new air conditioning equipment will be ordered, the home energy rater will be hired and the project will be transferred to the HERS rater in CalCerts. We also order the delivery and disposal services. If a crane is needed, this will also be arranged.
THE BIG DAY
The day of your installation you will be greeted by the lead installer and at this time you can share any concerns such as children, pets etc.. we do not want to let Fido lose. Once the hvac installation is complete, tested and we are cleaned up, we have a few last steps.
YOUR NEW HVAC SYSTEM IS IN AND WE ARE ALMOST DONE
Schedule Home Energy Rating
The HERS test is a California energy commission requirement and delivers piece of mind with real data representing the performance of your home air duct system and refrigerant charge
The final inspection