Refrigerant acknowledgement bulletin
In 1991, The United States Congress passed the “Clean Air Act” which became effective July 1, 1993. This Act prohibits individuals from knowingly venting ozone depleting compounds used as refrigerants into the atmosphere.
R22, are hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which have been proven to damage the earth’s atmosphere. In the case of R22, which has long been the most widely used refrigerant in the world, the EPA has mandated this refrigerant will be eliminated completely by 2020. What options do you have if your system has R22 refrigerant (old Freon)? R-421A is an ASHRAE-designated, SNAP approved non-ozone-depleting R-22 replacement. It is the only 2-component R-22 replacement available today. If a technician were to “top-off” an R-22 system with R-421A, they would essentially be creating a refrigerant mix that is not authorized by the EPA. It is a Federal violation to knowingly mix refrigerants. R-421A will not operate correctly if mixed with other refrigerants. A technician can add R-421A refrigerant to a system once the R22 has been recovered.
· Refrigerant leaks result in loss of cooling capacity and efficiency. This results in inadequate cooling and high cost of operation.
· Ecologically, refrigerant leaks allow dangerous chlorine atoms (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) to be emitted to the atmosphere adding to the ozone depletion problem.
· If an air conditioning system(s) is leaking refrigerant, it is also leaking oil, (due to the fact that the lubricating oils in the refrigerant). Just as driving an automobile with insufficient oil in the engine can cause the engine to cease and fail prematurely, loss of oil in an air conditioning system can result in a premature failure of the compressor.
Your air conditioning system, ________________________ (brand), ___________________________________ (model) ____________________________(serial number) has been diagnosed by our technician to be leaking refrigerant.
You as the homeowner have the following options/solutions in regards to your refrigerant leak. We at Affordable Air Experts suggest 2 sound solutions for refrigerant leaks. The first option is to locate and repair the refrigerant leak, this option is a good solution when the system is less than 10 years old and has the new R410A refrigerant. The second option is to replace the system with a new more efficient system that has a manufacturer’s warranty of 10 years.
I am aware of the refrigerant leak and choose NOT to have the leak located and repaired. I understand that adding refrigerant to an air conditioning system with a leak is NOT covered by any warranty.
I would like to have the refrigerant leak located, repaired, and have my air conditioner recharged with refrigerant in accordance with the manufacturers specifications. All leaks repaired today are warranted for a period of 1 year.
I would like to purchase a new more efficient system, with the manufactures warranty.
Customer Signature: _________________________________________ Date: _______________________
Service Invoice No.: _____________________________ Technician Signature: ________________________________