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Cheaper, Safer Alternatives Available For Air Conditioner Repair

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Ken Ponder, President of Choice Refrigerants says, "There are many alternatives today as opposed to using R-22 in existing equipment."

These old air conditioners need R-22--commonly known as Freon--to keep them running and keep your house cool.

"Five years ago the price of R-22 was very low. Today it's very high. It future it will continue to go north of three, four, five, six, seven hundred dollars a cylinder," said Ponder.

That price increase along with the fact that R-22 is being phased out by the E-P-A, and won't be available by the year 2020, means you could spend thousands to replace your unit, but Ponder says there's another option.

"You don't have to replace that unit. You can literally take what's left of the 22 that's in your current system. If it's broke today your contractor's going to recover that gas and put 4-21A in its place at much lower cost," said Ponder.

Ponder says he had the consumer and the environment in mind when he developed R-421A more than ten years ago.

"It's one of the misnomers of our industry as a whole is the miscommunication of information."
Ponder says the EPA is not looking out for consumers," said Ponder.


Ponder says the EPA is not looking out for consumers.

"The EPA will make an announcement much like they did in April of this year and it pushes the market in a position or in a direction that is not with the consumer's best interest at heart," said Ponder.

Environmental consultant Peter Williams agrees and would like to see more done by the EPA.

Peter Williams, Environmental Consultant at Williams & Associates says, "EPA has to take a proactive approach toward their regulations and take into consideration the environment and the economic impact of rules and how they relate to consumers."

If you would like to know about alternatives to R-22 or to contact the EPA then go and


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