Cost of freon gives “sticker shock” for HVAC users

Published: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 8:42 AM


            George Rodriguez with Stevenson Service Experts performs a routine HVAC inspection and cleaning.
George Rodriguez with Stevenson Service Experts performs a routine HVAC inspection and cleaning.

If it’s been 10 or 20 years since you’ve repaired or replaced your HVAC system, experts tell us you could be in for an expensive surprise.

The sticker shock is definitely real,” said Cecily Bursey of Clayton, “it’s too expensive and more than you can bear at one time.”

Repairs are costly because the price of freon, or R22, has skyrocketed 300 percent, according to George Rodriguez with Stevenson Service Experts in Beavercreek.

“R22 refrigerant prices keep going up year after year because it is no longer in production,” said Rodriguez, “it was causing issues for the environment and the ozone.”

The EPA has prohibited freon production by 2020.

In the meantime, adding freon to your old system can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars, depending on the size of your unit.

“The next shock is the cost of having to upgrade your equipment,” said Rodriguez.

The price of a new system on average is about $3,000 to $5,000 due to technology upgrades and efficiency standards.

Homeowners can save money and ward off costly repairs by having their system inspected and cleaned yearly, and by changing filters on schedule.

A new HVAC system can be costly, but it may pay for itself in the long run.

New appliance efficiency standards have saved consumers $500 billion since 2008, according to the Consumer Federation of America.

Santa Claus visits babies in local NICU

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:13 PM

Santa Claus paid a visit to the NICU of the Miami Valley Hospital tonight to spend time with its infants.

The early holiday visit started at 6 p.m. at the Berry Women's Center Building. 

The NICU "elf" was there to take photos with Santa and the babies. MVH has approximately 30 to 40 infants in its NICU. 

According to the hospital, Santa's visit has been a positive experience for families over the years as they celebrate their babies first Christmas.

Slow warming trend to begin Friday into the weekend

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Finally a quiet day after several rounds of snow earlier this week.

Clouds will break as we head through the evening hours. Temperatures will drop through the 20s.RELATED: Outage Report

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds break tonight, cold
  • Few passing flurries north Friday
  • Temperatures back to near normal this weekend

RELATED: Geminid Meteor Shower

DETAILED FORECAST

TONIGHT: Expect more clearing as temperatures fall into the upper teens.

TONIGHT: Expect more clearing as temperatures fall into the upper teens.

FRIDAY:  More clouds arrive. Cool and breezy with a few flurries possible across the northern Miami Valley. Highs will be in the lower 30s.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

SATURDAY: Skies will be mostly sunny with more seasonably temperatures rising into the lower 40s. It will be breezy.

SUNDAY: Clouds increase with showers developing. Temperatures will rise into the lower 40s.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

MONDAY:Clouds will linger with a chance for a few early morning showers. Highs will be in the lower to middle 40s.

TUESDAY: Skies will be mostly cloudy with highs in the middle 40s.

House fire on Wellington Drive in Dayton causes extensive damage

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:19 PM

FROM SCENE: House fire on Wellington in Dayton

UPDATE @ 6:16 p.m.: The house fire on Wellington Drive caused extensive damage, a Dayton fire battalion chief said. 

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen, at the back of the home, the battalion chief said. 

A woman and two children who are the residents were not home when the fire broke out. There are no reported injuries. 

South Smithville Road remains shut down until further notice.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Fire causes major damage to house in Beavercreek 

UPDATE @ 5:51 p.m.: South Smithville Road at Linden Avenue is shut down in both directions because of the house fire on Wellington Drive.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on the scene of a structure fire, in the 3000 block of Wellington Drive, where people are possibly trapped. 

Dayton fire crews are searching the two-story building right now, we're hearing. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. 

Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:42 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75


RELATED: Strong winds, snow, dropping temps to impact area today

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

Surface Street Incidents

  • Smithville Road is closed in both directions at Linden Avenue in Dayton, as of 5:50 p.m., after crews are called to a house fire on Wellington Drive.
  • SB U.S. 68 at Deer Run Road south of Urbana, roadway is partially blocked as of 4:30 p.m. after vehicle struck a guardrail, overturned. Driver’s injury is minor.
  • On Upper Bellbrook Road at Feedwire Road in Bellbrook, traffic lights are down causing traffic to be backed up. 
  • On Springboro Pike and E. Dorothy Lane Road in Moraine, crash reported around 7:20 a.m. The northbound lane of Springboro Pike was shut down. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road close to Upper River Road just west of the Great Miami River, closed this week for railroad work. Expected to be closed for three to four days. Detour route signs will be posted at the site. 
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503

MIAMI COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202

SHELBY COUNTY  

  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.