What’s Behind Rising Air Conditioning Service Costs?
You may have heard that air conditioning service costs are on the rise. This is due in large part to the EPA’s decision to phase out the production of the most commonly used refrigerant in air conditioning systems called R22, commonly marketed under many brand names including Freon®. Why is it being phased out? And, how is American Home Shield addressing the issue?
The Environmental Protection Agency has required manufacturers to completely phase out the production of R22 by the year 2020. As a result, supplies have become more limited, and the price has risen from less than $10 per pound in 2010 to over $50 per pound and more, in some cases, today.
This has led to an increase in the cost of air conditioning service calls that require a refrigerant recharge. Even on routine service calls, technicians commonly add 1-2 pounds of refrigerant. A more complicated repair or replacement can require up to 10 pounds, so the cost can add up quickly.
In order to accommodate customers’ coverage needs while keeping our plans affordable, American Home Shield has included a $10 per pound limit on refrigerant on all new or recently renewed contracts. If a homeowner requires a refrigerant recharge, AHS will cover the first $10 for each pound of refrigerant, and the homeowner will be responsible for the remainder.
As always, you can count on professional care from our contractors if your air conditioner needs service. They’ll diagnose your problem, determine what’s needed to restore your unit to working order, and advise you of any non-covered charges for which you may be responsible.
Our goal is to provide reliable, trusted service while helping shield our customers from high repair costs. If you have any questions regarding the refrigerant phase out and its impact on our policies, visit www.refrigerantphaseout.com.
American Home Shield is providing the information for general guidance only. Due to the general nature of the property maintenance and improvement advice in this material, neither American Home Shield Corporation, nor its licensed subsidiaries assumes any responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the use of this information.
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