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.

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WHIO Reports: Human trafficking

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

Sign of Human Trafficking

This edition of WHIO Reports will focus on human trafficking. It sounds like the kind of crime that happens somewhere else around the country. But, in fact, it’s happening in the Miami Valley. It’s a combination of a lot of crimes, often times it involves drugs, prostitution, organized crime, forced labor – some of them or all of the above. 

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Guests include: Tonya Folks, Trafficking Liaison with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department; Susan Gruenberg, Human Trafficking Awareness Advocate and Amy Wilhelm, Safe Harbor House (Springfield).

WHIO Reports airs Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

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Local sports celebrity arrested in Dayton ATV incident

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton
Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton

Robert Martin Jr., 30, known as the “legless football player” who gained national attention in 2005 for playing defense at Colonel White High School in Dayton, was booked into Montgomery County Jail Sunday morning for failing to comply with officers.

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According to a Dayton police report, Martin was driving one of the eight to 10 ATVs traveling southbound on N. Main Street around 12 a.m.

Several of the ATVs then fled in different directions from police moments later in the area of E. Third St and Main, the report said.

An officer followed Martin, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, driving a blue Kawasaki ATV to the railroad tracks in the 300 block of N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.

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According to the report, Martin was found on the ground crawling toward nearby bushes while the ATV was on its side.

When asked his name, Martin said, “It’s me, Bobby.”

Martin was issued traffic citations and faces charges in Clark Co. for an outstanding OVI warrant.

Police have not confirmed if any of the other drivers were arrested. 

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Truck cab fire causes delays on NB I-75 in Miami County

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:55 PM



Wende Gard / Contributed
(Wende Gard / Contributed)

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

Traffic is moving but motorists should expect delays due to a truck cab fire this evening on northbound Interstate 75 between Ohio 571 and County Road 25A.

No one was reported injured in the fire dispatched sometime before 7:45 p.m.

(Wende Gard / Contributed)

FIRST REPORT

Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 are shut down tonight after a semi truck caught fire, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatch.

The incident was reported shortly before 7:45 p.m. at exit 69, near Tipp City.

Fire and EMS is on scene, but it’s not clear what led the vehicle to ignite.

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

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Boil advisory lifted for Franklin Twp.

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:57 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 9:50 PM

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m. (May 26)

The Warren County Water and Sewer Department lifted a boil advisory Saturday morning for affected residents on Pekin Road and Honeytree Lane.

FIRST REPORT

A boil advisory has been issued for some residents of this Warren County township.

The affected areas include Pekin Road addresses 2895-3209 and all of Honeytree Lane. 

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Residents in these areas are advised to boil water for two minutes over the next 24 hours.

Anyone affected can call Warren County Water & Sewer for further details at (513) 695-1377. 

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