EPA Bans R22 Refrigerant. Is Your AC Safe?
Ok, so you’re not going to get arrested if you have R22, but you will be hurting the environment and shelling out big money to service that hunk of junk (no offense.) As of January 1, 2020, if your air conditioner is over 10-15 years old, it’s not only losing its efficiency, but it’s also likely using Freon, a harmful refrigerant that’s being phased out and will no longer be made or allowed into the United States.
What is R22 and Why is It Being Banned?
R22 (also known as Freon) used to be the industry standard refrigerant for air conditioners around the world. However, over the past few years it’s being phased out worldwide due to its harmful effects on the ozone layer.
How Do I Know if My AC Has R22?
First, don’t feel bad if you don’t know – homeowners aren’t expected to know what type of refrigerant their AC uses. So, to find out if your old air conditioner uses R22:
But if you’re like most homeowner’s (including me) you’re likely spending your valuable summer floating in a pool with Rocky Mountain Kool-Aid in hand, getting your kicks on Route 66, or pulling endless amounts of crabgrass out of your lawn – all very exciting alternatives to the R22 scavenger hunt.
The fastest way to learn if your AC uses R22 and get information on AC replacement services is to schedule a free in-home consultation.
Don’t Put Off Replacing Your Old R22 Air Conditioner
As we near the date of January 1, 2020 the demand for R22 system replacements is going to skyrocket. If your system finally breaks down this summer (or later), your business or your family might face a considerable wait for AC replacement services.
For the time being, you can still get R22 and fix a broken system, but the skyrocketing cost of the refrigerant as availability decreases will mean very, very expensive repairs. And will only get more expensive the closer we get to the date of January 1, 2020 when R22 becomes illegal to manufacture or import in the US. Is it worthwhile to pour so much into a system in poor condition that must be replaced soon?
So, if you’ve been getting by with an air conditioner that will become cost-prohibitive, now is the time to figure out your plan for replacing the system. And let’s face it, whether your AC uses R22 or not, if it’s north of 15 years old, you’re going to want a plan to avoid an emergency air conditioner replacement, download our free AC Buying Guide for tips on things to consider before buying a new air conditioner.
Choosing an AC Replacement Company in the Milwaukee Area
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warns homeowners to choose an HVAC company with EPA certified technicians. Why? EPA regulations under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act require that technicians who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of equipment that could release ozone depleting refrigerants into the atmosphere must be certified. In other words, you need people that know what they’re doing – and the EPA certification vouches that they do.
Capital Heating & Cooling employs EPA certified technicians you can trust to remove your old R22 air conditioner and install your new one.
For more information on R22 and your AC replacement options, request a free in-home consultation now.