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R22 – a.k.a Freon(R) Phaseout Good Time for Replacement

Danger - Freon Phaseout

As one of the most environmentally aware major cities in the country, many in Denver know about the danger posed by Freon-based refrigerants. What you may not have heard about is how crazy the stories are getting regarding the phase-out of the R-22 refrigerant.

Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants to be sure everyone knows what’s going on. Scientists developed a group of products using Freon in the late 1920’s. They fueled the explosion of refrigeration and air conditioners. But since the 1970’s, there have been warnings about the damage Freon is doing to the environment.

Starting in 2020, we will no longer be able to use R-22 Freon to repair existing equipment. Already there is a shortage, and the R-22 price is skyrocketing and is expected to keep going up. Even thieves are taking note of what’s going on. Recently, more than $20,000 worth of the refrigerant was stolen from a supply company.

The situation makes for a tough decision for homeowners. Is it wise to continue repairing and maintaining your old AC unit that uses R-22? Adding the refrigerant is going to continue to get more expensive. Just as importantly, leaking Freon damages the ozone layer in the atmosphere.

Builder’s believes now is a good time to talk with our comfort specialists about whether it makes more sense to invest in R-22 replacement with a new AC system.

These are some factors pointing toward air conditioner replacement:

  • Frequent repairs on current unit (especially costly ones)
  • Monthly utility bills going up for no apparent reason
  • House not cooling properly

We know 2020 sounds like it’s a long time from now. It’s not. The issue is not going away. Trust Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to give you the information you need to deal with the R-22 phase-out.

If you choose replacement our comfort specialists will help find the best AC for your needs and budget. An efficient new air conditioner without ozone damaging R-22 can be a win-win situation.

If the decision is to continue using your old AC for a while longer, know you can depend on your Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning technicians. They are always here for your service, repair, and maintenance needs.

Protect your air conditioner against cottonwood attack

Protect your AC

Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants to share a story of yearly air conditioning attacks. These are homegrown invaders. In fact, they may be in your backyard.

These criminals have no regard for innocent AC condensers. They do not discriminate, attacking EverRest, Amana & Mitsubishi anytime and anywhere.

Oh, their weapons look innocent enough, white and fluffy, but they can deal a fatal blow costing you thousands of dollars.

The attacks usually happen in June, but the timing can vary. Builder’s wants you to be prepared and know how to fight back.

You know this perpetrator as the cottonwood tree, and the weapon of choice is the cottony seeds floating through the air. Do not be deceived. They have killed many air conditioning systems by ruthlessly clogging the cooling fins. If you wait too long, the lack of air circulation can mean death by strangulation.

You can call in Builder’s for a post-mortem, but by that time it’s too late. The assailants have won.

You have the power and the means to stop the attack, but you must act quickly:

  • When you see the assault on your condenser has started get your garden hose
  • Gently spray the outside of your unit
  • Do not use a high-pressure nozzle or a pressure washer
  • A high-power stream of water could damage the condenser

Remember, they are relentless. You must be vigilant for an all-out counter-attack a day or two later. Do not let your guard down. Cottonwood trees have been around for centuries. They are survivors with a relentless mission to spread their seed everywhere.

Whatever you do, do not allow the attackers into your home. They could target you causing an allergic reaction. If you, or someone else in the family, is allergic to cottonwood, call Builder’s to talk about how we can add filtration to keep the infidels at bay.

The attack on your innocent air conditioner may inspire a severe dislike for the cottonwood tree. Fight the urge to launch an all-out assault with your chain saw. Despite the seasonal attacks, cottonwoods serve a purpose as a fast-growing shade tree. They also played an important role in the history of the plains and western states.

The defense of your air conditioner against these trees may be something you have to do on your own, but Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to know you are never alone. We’ve been solving HVAC problems for the people of Denver and the suburbs since 1950.

Surprise Dad with a New Air Conditioner

Father's Day AC
Do you have a house payment? Did you ever take out a loan to buy a car? Are you or your children paying off student loans? You get the idea. Sometimes we all need some help paying for things. Or it just makes more sense to use someone else’s money.

It’s no different when it comes to financing your HVAC systems. We’re not telling you to max out those high-interest credit cards, but Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants to be sure you know about other choices when it comes to paying for a replacement or major repair.

There are two different financing programs through Wells Fargo:

  • 12 months interest-free if you make minimum monthly payments and pay the entire balance in one year
  • A reduced rate of 9.9% until the balance is paid off (no time limit) with regular monthly payments

Get more information on all our programs by going to our financing page. You can find out which financing program is best for you.

Builder’s understands no one likes having another monthly payment, but in this case, the money you save every month because of improved efficiency can offset at least some of the cost. New HVAC systems are often up to 30% more efficient than the old ones being replaced. A new AC unit can also add to your home’s value.

While you’re thinking about your air conditioner, have you looked at the calendar? June doesn’t just mean the official start of summer. It also means Father’s Day 2017. Wouldn’t a new air conditioner be the ultimate Father’s Day gift?

Builder’s is your air conditioning expert for Denver and the suburbs, featuring AC units from industry leaders EverRest, Amana and Mitsubishi. A new air conditioner is sure to put a smile on Dad’s face. Especially when he realizes how much more comfortable it has made the house.

Father’s Day wasn’t a nationally recognized day until a President Richard Nixon proclamation in 1972, but it was first celebrated in 1910. Historians credit a woman in Washington state for starting Father’s Day. She wanted to honor her father who raised six children by himself.

Whatever you decide to give Dad for Father’s Day 2017, make sure to give him the most important gift, your love. Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants to wish every Dad out there a Happy Father’s Day. Call Builder’s for all your air conditioning repair, maintenance, and replacement needs this summer.

Call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to Service Your Furnace!

It always seems like issues with your furnace occur at the most inconvenient times. You and your family deserve to be warm and comfortable in your own home with an efficient furnace. Don’t wait until you’re knee-deep in snow with a broken furnace to make the call. At Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we can quickly service your furnace and get it back to working perfectly so you can enjoy all the comforts of home. We can take care of all issues with heating in Denver! Continue reading

What to Do When Your Furnace Isn’t Working

Your furnace, like any other machine, gives out every now and then. Like a slow computer or an mp3 player that skips, even the best, top-of-the-line furnace can run incorrectly or downright break down.

When problems occur, we recommend that you contact professionals for heating repair in Denver. Whether you have a steam furnace, hot water heater, or electric heater, there is a professional service expert available for your repair needs. Continue reading

4 Ways to Stay Cozy This Winter

Just because the weather outside is freezing cold with the temperature seeming to drop by the second doesn’t mean you have to feel chilled all the time. With some tweaks to your lifestyle and your wardrobe, you can stop seeing winter as the enemy and start embracing it for all its good points. With that in mind, here are 4 ways to stay cozy and enjoy the winter. Continue reading

3 Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

BuildersHeating&AirConditioning_November_3SignsYourFurnaceNeedsRepair_Image 1It’s the middle of the winter. As the sun goes down, so do the temperatures. And then the wind picks up. It’s going to be a cold night ahead. I jump into bed, thankful for a working heater to keep me warm through the night. But what if something happens? What if there is an issue and my family and I are left in the cold? You don’t want that to happen in the middle of the night, so it’s important to know the signs to pay attention to so you can get heating repair in Denver done before the worst happens. Here are 3 warning signs to watch for: Continue reading

Trust Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning for Commercial Heating Repair

A Air Conditioner Repair Man at workCommercial heating systems are heavily relied upon to keep your company up and running, and when they go down, many problems can result, including loss of productivity and clients. When looking for expert heating repair in Denveryou’ll want to find professionals you can trust. We at Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning offer your company the experience and expertise to handle all of your commercial heating repair needs. Take a look at the following reasons why you can trust us.  Continue reading

Top 3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

BuildersHeating&AirConditioning_November_Top3SignsItsTimeToReplaceYourFurnace_Image 1Our team at Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning realizes that it can be difficult to know if the problems you are having with your furnace can be repaired or if a replacement is necessary. There may be times when your furnace is not working and you are so desperate that you go to the expense of replacing the entire unit. You might then find out that you could have had it repaired. Other times the opposite may be true. You may spend a lot of money on heating repair in Denver when what you should have done to begin with is replace your furnace altogether. Here are 3 surefire ways to know that your furnace should be replaced. Continue reading

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