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Ditch the Freon Before the Dog Days Hit

It’s about to get really hot in Brooklyn. Weather experts are predicting a hotter-than-ever summer here, so you don’t want to get stuck with no way to cool off if your Brooklyn air conditioning breaks down.

That’s even more of a problem if your HVAC system still uses freon. Due to the EPA banning the production and import of freon effective Jan. 1, 2020, it will be even more expensive to service and repair systems that use the substance as a refrigerant.

But will a service visit do, or should you plan to replace your whole HVAC system? Here’s some advice from your Brooklyn experts.

How Old is Your System?

Before you make any bold moves, consider the age of your air conditioner. On average, these systems last about 12-15 years depending on maintenance and use. If your system is at the beginning or middle of its lifespan, you might be better off sticking with the equipment you have. But if your system is older, it’s better to replace it when you can plan for it than when an unexpected breakdown occurs.

Get a Professional Opinion

Calling for service and maintenance is a great way to find out if your freon-using air conditioner is about to break down. The technician will inspect and perform maintenance on all the parts of your system, and they can give you an idea of what to expect over the course of its lifespan. If your system does use freon, the technician can recommend some options and a timeframe for replacement.

Don’t Wait Too Long

A planned expense is always easier to deal with than an unplanned expense. Arm yourself with information about your HVAC system and eliminate budget-busting surprises. But don’t wait too long. Everything breaks eventually. In addition, you might be missing out on the energy savings that come from a new, efficient, modern system.

If you’re worried about what the freon ban means for your HVAC system, Petri Plumbing & Heating can ease your mind. Just give us a call at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri Plumbing online today.

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