(PartiallyPolitics.com) – The Biden administration’s fight against climate change had recently extended to gas stoves, and now they are possibly calling for changes in air conditioners.
While air conditioners might not have been in use for the past few months, close to 100 million homeowners are now turning their air conditioning systems on in order to avoid the summer heat. For many this will also be the time when they realize that they need to replace their refrigerant, however going forward this repair might not be as easy to complete as it once was.
The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations are restricting the supply of refrigerants which could drive the price up. Recharge is also likely to cost $100 to $500 more than before the new regulations went into effect.
These rules are aimed at air conditioner repair services which will often be required to carry refrigerant in heavy refillable cylinders. However, the increasing cost of repairs is also meant to act as an incentive for people to switch from their old units to newer systems.
The Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency standards are also increasing the requirements meaning that those who do end up opting to buy a new system are likely going to need to put a much larger investment up front to buy systems that will qualify under the new standards. While these systems are more energy efficient and thus more economical, it is unlikely that they are actually ever going to fully earn back the price cost.
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