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Old 10-29-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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Does anyone know anything about an EPA update (not sure when it came out) about coils on older AC units? Or something along the lines of that? I recently had a lot of hail damage on my outside unit. My insurance said they could comb it out, the AC company said otherwise. The ac people also said that if they replace the outside unit, they must replace the coil on the inside, as it won't match up. Of course, this isn't my specialty, but after talking with the technician, it doesn make sense. The insurance is willing to replace the outside unit, but is saying since the coil was not damaged, I will have to pay for that. It was kind of funny when I made the statement that they are willing to replace the outside unit, even though it wouldn't work, and he said yes. The AC company gave me an updated estimate, with a few fixed numbers to make it not so bad out of pocket for me. After give the ins comp this information, that is when he mentioned that since this is an epa update, this is why they will not cover it. I asked for this directive, but getting something like that from an ins comp is like pulling teeth. Also, sorry for my long paragraph.

Has anyone else ran into a situation like this? Just trying to gain a little more understanding into this. Even with the ac company talking to the insurance about this, they still don't want to cover it. I was under the impression that it was all one unit.

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Old 10-29-2011, 11:19 PM   #2
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Not as much of an EPA update but a phase out of R22 by the EPA. Your existing equipment is designed for R22 most of if not all new equipment is designed for R410 which runs at higher pressures. So it's not possible to mix and match equipment from one refrigerant to another.

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Old 10-29-2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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Tell them your talking to your attorney about it, and he sides with you and the upgrade won't have been required without storm damage.

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How old is your AC unit? If it's 10+, one way to look at it is that you're getting an upgraded unit that will last longer than your existing unit, instead of the insurance company simply paying you the depreciated value of your existing AC. Hopefully you can get them to spring for the whole shebang, but if they don't you'll still be ahead of the game.
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Not as much of an EPA update but a phase out of R22 by the EPA. Your existing equipment is designed for R22 most of if not all new equipment is designed for R410 which runs at higher pressures. So it's not possible to mix and match equipment from one refrigerant to another.
Do insurances not cover this stuff? I understand that the coil will not match the new unit, but it isn't exactly my fault that it hailed either.
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if your insurance cover the HVAC cooling heating system and you have to go with a 410A update they know its the entire system..no their "first rodeo" get your guns loaded with info and let them know it.OR they can reinstall a new R-22 condenser unit as grandfather'd under the EPA stuff due to Mother nature.the freon will be recovered and re-used if done right...and isn't a new install

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