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Why Hire a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor™?

Monday, August 22, 2016


After you’ve done your research, and decided that a Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling system is the perfect solution for your home, your next step is to pick a contractor. Picking a licensed and insured contractor is a must, but Mitsubishi has taken it a step further. Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling created a certification program for a select group of elite HVAC professionals, recognized as Diamond Contractors™.



Selecting a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor™ comes with several benefits.


• Diamond Contractors™ are required to complete annual training to keep up to date on the latest technology and best installation practices.

• They must agree to uphold the highest level of professionalism and adhere to the Diamond Contractor™ Code of Conduct.

• Customers who hire Diamond Contractors™ are eligible to increase their residential products to a 12 year part and 12 year compressor warranty when registered.

• Diamond Contractors™ must be nominated by a distributor.

• Have peace of mind knowing that a Diamond Contractor meets certain requirements or installs at least 20 systems annually, and can find the right fit for you.


Handyside Plumbing & Heating is your local Diamond Contractor™. Get the most out of your new Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating system, by having our estimator provide a free-in home consultation.




The R-22 Phaseout

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The United States is phasing out the importation and production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). This greatly effects our industry because most residential air conditioning units manufactured prior to 2010, use HCFC-22. Which is more commonly known as R-22.


Why is R-22 Being Phased Out?


The goal of the R-22 phase-out is to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. Under the U.S. Clean Air Act, the EPAbegan the framework for the phase-out in 1993. HCFCs are considered an ozone depleting substance, so by phasing out production they hope to reduce the risk of skin cancer caused by UV radiation exposure. Since HCFCs are greenhouse gases, it also may be a contributing factor to climate change.


How Does this Affect Me?


If your air conditioning unit uses R-22, immediate action is not required. However, as of 2015 production of R-22 has been reduced by 90%, and by 2020 there will be no production or import allowed. This means that price of R-22 has already sky rocketed because there is limited supply.


Planning for the Future


According to the EPA, you are not required to stop using R-22 or replace existing equipment. However, you must have a reliable service contractor that has EPA Section 608 certification to service equipment containing R-22.

If your unit is low on refrigerant, it is recommended that you request the service technician to locate and repair the leak instead of just “topping it off”. This will optimize performance of your existing system, and ideally reduce the need for additional pounds of costly R-22.

In some cases, financially it could be a more sound decision to replace the unit. If your system requires a costly repair, it may be in your best interested to look into a more energy efficient model that could significantly save on your energy costs and eliminate the need for R-22.


Where Can I Find More Information?


For more information and questions about servicing your R-22 air conditioner, please call Handyside at 717-938-2521.


Or, to learn more about the HCFC Phaseout visit www.epa.gov/ozone/