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R-22 Refrigerant Prices Continue To Climb

The price of R-22 refrigerant has skyrocketed in the last 6 months. Due to government regulations to phase out the production of “ozone depleting” chemicals like Freon, production has continued to decrease and has costs to skyrocket. R-22 refrigerant is 4 times more expensive than it was just 6 months ago and is expected to continue to climb. Due to this, contractors have bought it at an alarming rate and supplies are greatly reduced. This panic buying has forced some vendors across the country to limit the amount of R-22 contractors can purchase. As the cost of R-22 rises, the cost of the new replacement Freon, R410a continues to drop. It is a simple case of supply and demand. Federal regulations call for a 90% reduction of production of R-22 by 2015 and to be completely obsolete by 2020. What this means to consumers is outrageous Freon related repair costs and eventually no choice but to replace their HVAC equipment. Most air conditioners manufactured before 2010 use the old R-22 refrigerant. While an        R-410a unit can just as easily develop a leak as an R-22 unit can, from vibration, rust, stress cracks or sub-par welds etc., without warning, the cost to replace lost R-410a is a fraction of R-22. As a home owner you need to keep a few things in mind. If you are in the market for an air conditioner do not let any contractor convince you that an R-22 unit is a good idea. Manufacturers do offer limited models of new R-22 units. They get around the law by shipping them “dry” with no refrigerant in them and classify them as a “part”. These “dry charged” units may be cheaper initially, however in a very short amount of time you will be forced to upgrade to an R-410a system. If your unit is 10 years old or older, you should start planning for an upgraded system. You can decide when to replace your system or your system will decide for you by breaking down when you least expect it! If you have a slow leak in an R-22 system and have to add Freon every year or sooner, consider the cost of continuing to add Freon that is climbing in price. That money could be going towards a new high efficiency system that will start saving you money on your utility bills the day it’s installed. Dorton's Heating & Air has been installing R-410a systems since 2006 and offers some of the best options and warranties in the business. All of our technicians and installers have been extensively trained in the new refrigerant products and hold the highest certifications. We hope you find this information helpful. Feel free to visit our website at www.dortonsheatingandair.com or call our office at 704-226-0900.

Don't Pay Too Much

With the temperatures reaching the high 90's our phones are ringing off the hook. We, like a lot of our competitors, are extremely busy this time of year. The difference is that we don't jack up our prices in an effort to take advantage of our customers when they need us the most. I know I have heard from at least 50 people in the last two weeks who have either paid way too much for a repair or replacement or were about to pay too much. I am going to make this very easy for you, if you find yourself being told that your air conditioning system is in need of a repair costing more than $500 or in need of replacement call me before you decide. I will give you a FREE SECOND OPINION, and if I find that the repair / replacement is necessary, I guarantee I can save you money. If I can't I will pay you $100 for your trouble and be on my way. There is absolutely no obligation and you have nothing to lose. My goal is to allow as many people as possible to discover the extremely high quality of service provided by Dorton's Heating & Air. I know at that point we will not only have earned a customer for life but one who will also tell all their friends and family about us. Referrals from existing customers accounts for approximately 75% of our business and we are very proud of that. If we can help you please us call anytime at (704) 226-0900. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you will never get an answering machine or voice mail.

$0 Down Financing Available

Dorton's Heating & Air is pleased to announce we have chosen Springleaf Financial to handle the financing needs of our customers. Applying has never been easier, simply click the secure online application link on our Financing page and fill in your information. You will receive approval within a few minutes. You have your choice of 12 Months Same As Cash or 9.9% for up to 60 months with No Money Down. In some cases, the money you save on your heating and cooling bills will pay your monthly payment. So the question you have to ask yourself has just changed from "Can I afford a new HVAC system?" to "How can I afford not to buy a new HVAC system?" Call us at 704-226-0900 or apply online today and start saving tomorrow.

Why Choose Dorton's Heating & Air?

Here at Dorton's Heating & Air we strive to provide our customers with a tremendous value in meeting their heating and air conditioning needs. Whether your furnace needs repair or your air conditioner needs servicing or replacing, we are here to meet all of your heating and air conditioning needs at an affordable price. From gas furnaces to heat pumps, we handle it all. Our service technicians have well over 100 years of combined experience and can quickly diagnose and repair any HVAC problem you have. When your heat or air is out, it is an emergency, and we treat it as such. Our technicians will stay at your home until the job is done and you and your family are once again enjoying the comforts of a climate controlled environment. Let Dorton's Heating & Air handle all of your heating and air conditioning needs.