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R22 Phaseout Is Happening Fast! Now What?

R22 Gas Is Widely Used For Commercial Refrigeration. R22 Phaseout Is In Full Swing As Mandated By The EPA. Here Are Some Viable Options In Dealing With The Phaseout.

R22 Phaseout has been in the works for years. This gas was put on the EPA‘s hit list with the creation of the Montreal Protocol to protect the Ozone Layer. When released into the atmosphere, R22 is far more harmful to the environment than newer types of refrigerant.

I’ve written this post with equipment owners in mind: We will skip the specific details of R22 Phaseout and instead offer end users like Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Florists & Liquor Stores options to prepare for what’s ahead. R22 is over, it’s time to move on instead of beating a dead horse. We know for a fact that there is way too much R22 Commercial Refrigeration equipment still being used in Chicago & Lake County, Illinois. The price of R22 is already skyrocketing, so the time to think about options is NOW!

  • Do not let a HVAC or Refrigeration Contractor sell you new R22 equipment. It’s still out there. They may be offering a good deal, but why buy obsolete equipment?
  • If an existing R22 system has a major leak & loses all the refrigerant it creates the perfect opportunity to retrofit the system to a replacement gas like MO99. If a contractor states that a R22 system is “warm due to losing the charge” ask for a quote to retrofit the system to a replacement gas! We recommend MO99 gas because it is compatible with any oil in the system & runs at a lower head pressure. Changing to MO99 gas will actually make the system run more efficiently due to the lower head pressure. That means you save money on electricity!
  • If your R22 refrigeration compressor fails, don’t replace it with a new R22 compressor. Instead, get a quote for a compressor that is set up for a newer style gas such as R404A. As long as your system metering device is a TXV you should be able to have a contractor change the metering device in the evaporator coil to match the new style gas. Often the only thing needed to retrofit a system is a new compressor & a new metering device.
  • If your R22 system is over 8 years old & requires a major repair consider upgrading to all new energy efficient & ozone-friendly equipment!

Northeast Cooling LLC has specialized in energy efficient refrigeration & refrigerant retrofit in the Chicago area for over 20 years. Please contact us with any questions at 847.409.3332 or drop us an email

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ReviewRail: A Tool To Get More Online Reviews

I’ve been searching for a solid tool that can help increase our online reviews on platforms like Google, Yelp, Facebook and the BBB. I tested a few but none seemed to hit the mark. I then came across ReviewRail. I went back and forth with the founder Steve and he set me up with an account. I went through the trial and uploaded a few customers.

Since using ReviewRail I’ve received 4 Google reviews, 2 BBB reviews and a Yelp review. Don’t believe it, I didn’t either! Below is a screenshot of some recent Google reviews:

Google review from ReviewRail

The system is very easy to use and all you really need to do is upload your customers once a week or a few times a month. Some of the other features are:

– A referral system for happy customers
– SEO friendly widget
– A buffer to get negative feedback
– Custom feedback page

After you upload a user the software will email your customers 3 followups. The copy in their emails are crafted to help increase open rates and also to get people to respond and take action (leave reviews). If they click on the link and leave feedback, the emails will stop.

If they are unhappy then you’ll get that response internally. And if they are happy with your service they will then be funneled to the review sites. There are 3 ways to get reviews.

Feedback: This helps to get more internal feedback for your business.
Reviews: This funnels customers directly to the review sites so they can leave online reviews.
Push a platform: This will funnel your customer to a specific review site. So if you want more Yelp reviews, turn this on and customers will be brought directly there.

You can turn all of the features on and they will rotate for each customer. That way you can test to see what works for your business. A major benefit is that it’s mostly automated. Besides adding customers to the system you really don’t have to do anything. They handle all of the emails and follow ups.

If you want to try it for yourself, sign up here for a trial. If you use code NECOOLING you’ll save 10% off their monthly plans.

Energy Saving Refrigeration With EC Motors And Fan Controls

EC Motors And Fan Controls Save Big Money

Northeast Cooling has been upgrading commercial refrigeration systems in Chicago for many years now through various energy efficiency programs. One of the best energy saving refrigeration retrofits is to change from old style shaded pole motors to high efficiency two speed electronically commutated motors (EC Motors) & fan speed controls. This is especially true when changing evaporator fan motors in coolers & freezers. These fans run twenty four hours a day. New style EC motors are over 60% more efficient than old style motors at high speed & in low speed mode they are over 90% more efficient! The end result after this efficiency upgrade is that the new evaporator fans save over 60% on electricity half the time & over 90% during compressor off cycles. The energy saving refrigeration products Northeast Cooling uses are manufactured by Greenwize Energy Solutions. One of their Fan Controls is pictured below (click image for better detail). Read more

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