Establishing baseline performance: If the unit is working, technicians will determine how the unit functions using R-22. If the unit is not working, technicians may use make and model information or industry standards to establish a baseline.
Recapturing the R-22: In this step, a tech will remove the R-22 from the system, containing the recaptured R-22 in a cylinder where it can be safely stored. This cylinder is then weighed.
Changing parts: Parts like gaskets, seals, metering devices, the filter dryer may need to be replaced to be compatible with the new refrigerant. The lubricant used in the system may need to be removed and replaced as well.
Leak check: Moisture and contaminants may need to be removed from the system via a vacuum pump, and the system will be checked for leaks.
Recharging the system: Once the system’s integrity has been established, the new refrigerant can be added.
Re-labeling the system: Technicians must re-label the system with the new type of refrigerant contained within.Why can’t I just have the leak repaired in my system and be done with it? An HVAC system cannot function effectively if its refrigerant levels are off because each system needs a specific amount of pressure within the refrigerant lines and coils in order to operate correctly. If the pressure is too low, the system will not operate as intended. Leak repairs can also be tricky, so technicians may find and fix one leak while another goes undetected. Where can I learn more? If you want to learn more about the EPA’s actions, you can use this informational pamphlet to learn more. If you have specific questions about the phaseout or AFC Home Club’s coverage, call 1-866-242-0629.