For those not aware, R22 (commonly known as Freon) is a refrigerant chemical that keeps the air coming from your air conditioning system cool. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun to phase out the chemical due to environmental concerns. In 2010, the production of new AC units utilizing the refrigerant was not being produced anymore. Now, in January 2020, there will be no new, manufactured or imported R22 refrigerant permitted in the United States. Luckily, as the R22 is being phased out, there will be alternative refrigerants being introduced in the HVAC industry.
What Does This Mean for You?
Many homeowners have units which use R22– but what does this mean? Units that are still utilizing this refrigerant can still be serviced. By January 2020, R22 will become obsolete. The refrigerant will no longer be manufactured or imported to the United States. After the 2020 deadline, simple electrical issues and repairs can still be done.
Those with units still utilizing the R22 refrigerant will have options:
- Convert your unit to use an existing refrigerant
- Leave the system be until it breaks down
- Replace the unit
For more information on the R22 phase out or if you need a professional AC contractor, contact the team at Air Zone Cooling & Heating today!
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