Freon R22 Phase Out
Have You Heard the Buzz Words – Freon (R22) Phase Out?
Most homeowners own R22-dependent systems. You may not need to replace your current unit. Some R22 units may be able to be converted to use a different replacement refrigerant. However, many conversions may only buy the customers a few more years of useful life.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set January 1, 2020 as the date when R22 Freon is banned from production and importation in the United States. Unfortunately, some air conditioning companies are using this as a scare tactic to sell homeowners new air conditioning units. There are many options when it comes to your aging R22-dependent air conditioning systems.
The HVAC industry is bracing for the planned phase out of Freon (R22) for HVAC units. Many customers are still unaware of the phase out or are unclear about how it will affect them. The more you know about what is going to happen with the phase out of Freon (R22), the better you will be prepared to know what to do with your aging R22-dependent systems.
What Does the R22 Phase Out Mean for My AC Unit Maintenance and Repair?
Homeowners that own R22-dependent systems can continue to use their systems after January 1, 2020 and get as much useful life as possible out of their systems, until they need a repair. This may mean they could be forced to make an emergency HVAC system replacement which will be much more expensive than a well-planned HVAC system update.
While some simple repairs do not require recharging the refrigerant, many service calls do require a refrigerant recharge.
One option is replacing the system, however, depending on your specific unit there may be additional, more cost-effective options. Call Mojave Air to get an honest and free assessment of what your next steps and options are.
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