Starting January 1, 2020, the AC refrigerant Freon (or R-22) will no longer be used for residential and commercial air conditioning units. To protect the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will limit the manufacturing and distribution of R-22 since its chemicals deplete the ozone layer. As the new Freon law can affect your air conditioning units, especially if it was manufactured before 2010, our AC/HVAC team at All Brands Corp. share key details regarding the reasons why Freon is being discontinued in 2020.
Is Freon Going Away in 2020?
Freon, or more specifically, R-22 will be discontinued by the EPA due to environmental concerns. Many homeowners will need to make the switch to more environmentally friendly AC refrigerants as Freon is a hazard to the environment if it leaks or is disposed of improperly. “It has chlorine in it and that is harmful to the ozone layer,” said Mike Evans, a field supervisor for Neal Harris Service Experts in Kansas.  Note that properly-functioning HVAC systems running on Freon do not need to be replaced immediately, but Freon will no longer be produced or imported as of January 1, 2020.
Is R-22 Freon Still Available?
R-22 Freon is still available, however, supply for the AC refrigerant has rapidly decreased since the announcement that it will be discontinued. With supply for R-22 running low, you’ll need to start budgeting since its price has soared to $200/lb, which is 4x more expensive than the newer Freon.
What Will Replace Freon in 2020?
R410A is the new, more environmentally friendly refrigerant that will replace R-22 Freon in 2020. However, R410A can’t be used in systems that run on R-22, which are most likely on their last leg. If your AC system was manufactured before 2010, it’s time to budget for a new one since AC units have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
With Freon being discontinued in 2020, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your unit’s maintenance. Our AC/HVAC professionals at All Brands Corp. take the stress of AC maintenance off your shoulders by scheduling visits twice a year; the first for cooling and the second for heating. To lengthen the lifespan of your AC unit, our team will meticulously clean out the filters during our maintenance visits. If you have any questions about why Freon is being discontinued in 2020 or would like to explore our vast inventory of AC brands, give our AC/HVAC team a call at 305-619-0650 today!
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