It’s time for change once again! According to the EPA, R22 Freon is due to be phased out completely by the year 2020. Why you ask? Good question!
Back in 1987, the Montreal Protocol was signed by several different countries to begin phasing out what are called “ozone depleting substances” (in essence, chemicals that will continue to eat away at our atmosphere here on Earth). The good old USA is just one of 190 countries that are putting a stop to the manufacturing and distribution of R22 Freon.
Surprisingly, Freon has not been manufactured or imported into the USA since January 1, 2010. We are running on leftovers! As of January 1, 2015, the manufacturing and sale of R22 Freon air conditioners was banned. Finally, as of January 1, 2020, freon will be completely phased out, not available for purchase or use by anyone anymore.
What the Freon Phase-Out Means For You!
Most importantly, the cost of Freon-related repairs has begun to skyrocket based on the very little quantities that are left to be able to use. If you still own a heat pump or air conditioner that uses R22 Freon, don’t be surprised to spend at minimum $500 or more for a simple “gas and go” so to speak. It is important to note that air conditioners and heat pumps are closed unit systems, so if you need R22 Freon added, you have a leak somewhere in the system, and leaks can only be fixed temporarily before they appear again.
Second, now is the best time to think about replacing your old air conditioner or heat pump. If your unit has experienced a few repairs in the past and is more than 10 years old, it is not advised to be dropping money into a unit that will not be able to be serviced (by adding R22 Freon) within the next 3 years.
Hopefully, this provides some insight into how to handle future air conditioner or heat pump repairs. Having Freon related repairs completed now is just delaying the inevitable unfortunately.
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