Since 1987 the EPA has been phasing out R-22 (commonly called Freon), the coolant most frequently used in air conditioning units, because it’s thought to be bad for the environment and an ozone depleting agent. The air conditioner required in your next real estate transaction may require R-22 as the coolant. The EPA believes that R-22 will be readily available until at least 2020; but with production restrictions, the service industry will tell you that R-22 and relative parts have become more expensive and more difficult to acquire, with lower supply.
One widely accepted alternative is a coolant called R-410A (commonly called Puron), however air conditioners that are made for performance with R-22 are not compatible with other coolants, like R-410A. Modifying the unit to maintain compatibility with R-410A is an option, however (and depending upon the unit) those modifications can cost $1000 or more.
Gladly there is a solution to this problem you, or one of your clients may have to face on an upcoming transaction. At Landmark Home Warranty, the air conditioner is included Standard at only $300.00. Also included Standard:
“If R-22 parts or systems are no longer available, Landmark Home Warranty will repair the failed component with R-410A equipment and cover the cost of modifications necessary to maintain compatibility.”
Not all home warranty companies share our stance on this issue. So give your clients peace of mind, with us! Check us out at http://www.landmarkhw.com, or give us a call at 866.306.2999.