What Does the R-22 (Refrigerant) Phase-Out Mean for Your HVAC System?

freon phaseout

HCFC-22, commonly known as R-22 freon, has long been used as an efficient, non-flammable, and non-toxic refrigerant. In recent years, this popular refrigerant has been identified as an ozone-depleting substance (ODS) and subject to legislation. Due to its ozone depletion potential (ODP) and a global warming potential (GWP), all HCFCs have been designated “Class II” ODS and subject to phase out per the Montreal Protocol and U.S. Clean Air Act.

The process of ending the U.S. use of R-22 freon refrigerant began in the 1980s. Legislators recognized that R-22 could not be eliminated overnight without severe economic impacts to the private and public sectors. The process is now nearing its completion in 2020. As of January 1, 2020, the production, importation, and installments of all R-22 will be illegal throughout the U.S. Homeowners who have an older AC unit need to be aware of what this means for them.

As a homeowner, whether or not this change will affect you depends on the age of your home’s AC system. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put increasing pressure on manufacturers to reduce the production and importation of R-22, with a goal of reaching a 99.5% reduction rate by 2020. If your unit was replaced or installed within the last 5 to 10 years, you are likely to have a system that uses R-410A, which is a newer acceptable type of refrigerant.

In the case of AC systems installed before 2010, it is likely that these units use R-22 refrigerant to operate. In most cases, you can determine the age of your unit by looking at the serial number. Usually the first four digits of the serial number indicate the date of manufacture. If you are unsure of how to determine the age of you unit, Hauser Air will be happy to help.

If you do have an older R-22 AC unit, now is the time to plan your home’s transition to a new compliant system. While freon will be available for some time even after the ban is imposed, the supply will be limited and likely to become very expensive. In some cases, the installation of an R-410A converter will be an option. This retrofit could solve the problem for some specific units, but not all.

While you may continue to use an R-22 AC unit even after the ban, be aware that it will inevitably need service or repair at some point in the future. Though maximizing the service life of your current unit may seem sensible, taking a proactive approach to replacement could spare you the headache and expensive of an emergency down the road.

Hauser Air is highly knowledgeable and ready to assist you with determining the best options for your AC system and home comfort needs. Contact us today!

Cookies with Santa and Howie

‘Tis the season to grab the family and enjoy cookies with two holiday pals: Santa Claus and Howie the Bear! All are welcome to this timeless annual tradition held at our West Chester offices on the evening of December 12. Please feel free to call us at 513-777-7979 with any questions about this festive Christmas event.

Big Winners at the Annual Cardboard Regatta

cardboard boat regattaWe had a great time at The Little Miami Cardboard Boat Regatta again this year!

Congratulations to our team on 3 awards:

  • 1st place in the adult race
  • the Peoples Choice award
  • …and the Most Creative boat award

Most of all, we had a great time! Thank you for everyone who built and raced our cardboard boat, and joined us for this special event. We love making a splash in the local community.

Below are photos of our winning team!

hauser regatta winners

Roy & Amanda Talk Summer Specials

93.3 radioIt’s getting hot out there! Now is a perfect time to take advantage of our summer specials.

Hauser Air marketing director, Amanda Poling, and company founder, Roy Hauser, are hitting the airwaves again in two new radio spots on Cincinnati’s 93.3FM below.

Our sizzling summer offers include:

  • FREE service call with repairs
  • FREE second opinions
  • A “Dust Fighting Combo” to help you breathe easier
  • …and we even have a new air conditioner for as low as $89/month!

Check out our Specials page for all current offers.

We are here to help and serve everybody, so give us a call today.

Did you know? As a Tempstar Elite® dealer, we’re the only company in town that can provide a 12-year, no hassle warranty. That means that if anything happens to your equipment within 12 years, your warranty starts over. And as a partner of Duke Energy®, we can show you how to apply for up to $550 back from Duke Energy…just for becoming more energy efficient!

Check us out on Facebook and remember to use #howsyourair to give us a shout-out on social media.

Ready to be cool? Call us at 513-777-7979 to schedule your free estimate today.


65-SECOND RADIO SPOT ON 93.3FM: “2019 Summer Specials”

65-SECOND RADIO SPOT ON 93.3FM: “12 Years, No Hassle Warranty”

Question: Why should I get an A/C Tune-up?

service manager Jim Webster

Hauser Air service manager, Jim Webster, has the answer!

This month’s question: “Why should I get an air conditioning tune-up?” is answered by our service manager, Jim Webster.

Jim’s answer: It depends on your needs and concerns. I like to look at my options using a pros and cons list, so I will provide that as follows…

Pros

  1. A clean coil equals $$$ saved both on life span of the system and conserving energy.
  2. Allows a professional to see your system and provide answers for any questions.
  3. Continued tune-ups allows us to give you an idea of the life left in all the components of the system. Which can allow time to financially prepare for any issues that may arise and hopefully keep you from an outage situation.
  4. Helps maintain factory warranties to assure that all repairs are made to their specifications.
  5. Provides peace of mind for the customer that the system is prepared during peak usage.
  6. Evaluation of the coolant level to help maintain peak operating performance.

Cons

  1. Cost of maintenance, although the money saved is worth the money spent.
  2. Scheduling, although our scheduling staff can generally meet your needs.

Thanks for the helpful info, Jim! It’s the perfect time of year for an air conditioning tune-up. Go ahead and schedule yours. To book your A/C tune-up, call a friendly Hauser Air representative at 513-777-7979 or contact us today!

Effects of Excessive Snow on Heat Pumps

snow on heat pumpDue to recent snowfall and more expected, we wanted to pass along a few tips for our customers who own heat pump systems.

Tips for Heat Pumps in Snow and Icy Conditions

1. Heat pumps draw air from the areas surrounding them (all four sides of the outdoor unit). It is important to clear these areas of snow and ice build up in order to allow air to freely reach the heat pump. This will allow the heat pump to operate as efficiently as possible and will alleviate strain on the heat pump.

2. If possible, the space (air gap) between the heat pump and the plastic or concrete pad that the unit itself sits on should be cleared of snow to allow for drainage.

3. Generally speaking, most heat pumps discharge air in an upward direction from the top of the unit. It is important to make sure that this area is clear of snow and ice to allow air to easily discharge (this is the air that is being drawn from the sides of the unit.

4.  DO NOT attempt to forcefully remove ice build up from any part of the heat pump. If you cannot remove snow or ice easily with a broom or brush, do not try to pry or chisel ice from the unit. Doing so could cause severe or irreparable damage to the heat pump.

5. If your heat pump is located in an area that is subject to exposure to melting snow and ice (such as underneath an overhang or gutter that may be frozen), check the unit repeatedly to ensure that ice has not built up inside the heat pump.

6. If you cannot clear the heat pump of snow and ice for any reason, switch the system to “Emergency Heat” at the thermostat. This will turn the heat pump off and engage electric resistance heaters that are located inside in order to provide heat for your home.  This is a more expensive mode of operation for a heat pump system, so we do not advise continuing in this mode for more than a few days. If at that time, the snow and ice around the heat pump has not melted, feel free to schedule a service call with Hauser Air and a technician from our service team will be happy to assist you.

Stay safe out in the snow! We’ll be here to keep you comfortable when you return inside.

Cookies with Howie & Santa!

You know it’s the holiday season when two of your favorites are together again: Howie the Bear and Santa Claus! Come all – young and old – to this timeless annual tradition held at our West Chester offices. Please feel free to call us at 513-777-7979 with any questions about this festive Christmas event.

cookies with howie and santa

Do I Need a Furnace Tune-up?

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Click image above for more info on our VIP Membership service plans!

Every year at about this time, you probably receive several direct mail pieces from every different Cincinnati area heating and cooling company telling you to schedule a furnace tune-up or a coupon for one. But what many companies fail to tell you (and the reason most of those offers are ignored) is exactly why a furnace maintenance is essential.

At Hauser Air, we won’t sell you something you don’t need. So here is a list of a few of the reasons an annual tune-up is so important to the efficiency of your furnace and the safety of your home.

  • Ensures proper airflow – During the furnace tune-up, the heating technician should check your heating system to ensure it is receiving the proper airflow- Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace that can lead to increased repairs and a shortened lifespan.
  • Keeps you safe – Furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. This combustion process must be precise to maintain efficiency and safety. Even a small problem can lead to gas leaking into your home or dangerous carbon monoxide levels. Don’t take a chance with the health and safety of you and your family.
  • Reduces repairs – Every winter, we receive calls from customers with heating problems that could have been easily prevented with regular maintenance. A furnace tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnace running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into major repairs.
  • Saves time – Getting a VIP furnace tune-up, before the weather is cold, is much more convenient than waiting for a repairman during the winter in a cold home without heat. It is also cheaper.
  • Improves energy efficiency – A furnace tune-up should include the cleaning and inspection of the furnace burner and heat exchanger. In addition to ensuring safe operation, this will keep your furnace running efficiently all winter.
  • Maintains manufacturer’s warranty – If your furnace or heat pump is under a manufacturer’s warranty, it is especially important for you to get an annual furnace tune-up. Most manufacturers stipulate that their warranty becomes void if the heater is not regularly maintained. A furnace tune-up can satisfy that requirement and maintain your warranty.

All of these benefits of a furnace tune-up boil down to two things: keeping you safe and saving you money. For more information or to schedule your furnace tune up, please call one of our product specialists at (513) 777-7979.

Celebrate our 40th Anniversary!

93.3 radioThis year marks 40 years since Hauser Air was founded in 1978. We count on company founder, Roy Hauser, to remind us of what has changed – and hasn’t – since we began four decades ago.

Hear Roy’s insights in this short radio spot with Hauser Air marketing director, Amanda Poling, on Cincinnati’s 93.3FM below.

You can celebrate our 40th anniversary, too! We are offering a $59 safety heating inspection to all of our local customers and raving fans. Check out our Specials page for details.

Call us at 513-777-7979 to schedule your safety heating inspection today.

Best of the North awards – We appreciate your votes!

Hauser Air marketing director, Amanda Poling, thanks our raving Cincinnati fans for voting us “Best of the North” winners three years in a row. Be our guest on October 17th at the Sharonville Convention Center, to vote Hauser Air as Best Heating and Air Company!

Click “play” to hear Amanda’s :30 second message below.

Learn more details on our Facebook page.