We are here to serve you and your family in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Be cautious when dealing with contractors during these difficult times and make sure you’re checking their licenses and reviews. Don’t be pressured. We offer free second opinions on A/C repairs, free estimates for new A/C systems, and no overtime fees. Give us a call or text us today at (941) 485-2222! We take our jingle seriously and we are working hard to fulfill it: “No matter what the weather, Tri County makes it better!”

However please also note: Due to the impact from Hurricane Ian, we are experiencing a higher than normal call volume. If your house has been deemed safe by the county, has power without a generator, and your air conditioner does not work, please contact us. We will get back to you as soon as we can, but please be aware wait times are much longer than usual. Thank you for your patience as we work hard to comfort our customers.

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed the years long process of phasing out the production of R-22 refrigerant, also known as “freon”. You may have seen or heard on local and national news that it will be illegal to manufacture R-22 after January 1st, 2020. Consequently, the cost of repairing air conditioning systems which require R-22 refrigerant will rise exponentially. Newer air conditioning systems use a more environmentally friendly refrigerant known as R-410A. Unfortunately, the two refrigerants are not compatible and cannot be mixed or used without expensive modifications to systems designed for R-22.

This is meant to inform you about the probable higher expense of future repairs on your existing air conditioner. EPA regulations have a direct effect on our industry which creates a direct impact on you as our customer. If your system requires R-22 and you’re on the fence about replacing it, I recommend moving toward replacing your air conditioner sooner rather than later, and especially before January of 2020. Repairing a system which requires R-22 refrigerant is already expensive and will only increase in the very near future.

If you don’t know which refrigerant your system requires, you can look on the manufacturer’s label on the outdoor unit. If the label is difficult to read, go by the date it was manufactured. Systems manufactured before 1996 will likely use R-22. If your system was manufactured between 1996 and 2010, it is possible that your system requires R-22. Systems produced after 2010 use only R-410A.

As always, keep in mind we offer free estimates on new systems and free 2nd opinions on repairs, so it is always worth giving us a call – it could save you thousands. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask your technician during your next appointment or give us a call and speak with one of our customer service representatives.

We consider it a privilege to be responsible for your comfort.


William Swanson | President and Owner of Tri County Air