Earthwise Home Services Blog: Archive for October, 2019

What to Know About the Refrigerant Phaseout

Monday, October 28th, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-hvac-systemHave you heard of R-22? If not, you’ve likely heard the word refrigerant, and you know that it’s the fluid within your air conditioning system that enables it to function. You might even have a basic understanding of how refrigerant works, and at some point you may have needed your refrigerant to be refilled (this is called recharged in the HVAC industry).

First off, the only reason you should ever need your refrigerant to be recharged is in the case of damage and leaking refrigerant. Ideally, air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire lifecycle.

So let’s refer back to R-22. This is a type of refrigerant—an ancient chemical blend no longer used in modern air conditioners. R-22 is being phased out. That’s right, it won’t be available anymore to our clients. So, what should you do if you have a refrigerant leak?

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Why Does Hard Water Matter?

Monday, October 14th, 2019

hand-opening-sink-faucetHard water is likely a term you’ve heard before. But do you understand exactly what it is? Hard water happens when there is a high level of minerals present in your water—namely, magnesium, calcium, and even iron. These minerals are harmless to ingest, but not so harmless for your plumbing system. In fact, hard water can create a number of problems for your pipes, impacting your quality of life.

But with the right water treatment system, a whole-house water softener, in this case, you can combat this problem. Keep reading to learn about why hard water matters—or rather, what negative effects hard water can have on your plumbing system.

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