R22, also known as Freon, is a chemical refrigerant used in air conditioners installed prior to 2010. R22 has been linked to the depletion of the ozone layer. In 2003, as a result of the Montreal Protocol, R22 began to be phased out. In early 2010, its production and import were significantly decreased and all newly installed air conditioners no longer used the chemical refrigerant.
How the R22 Ban Affects Homeowners
If your air conditioner was installed prior to 2010, there’s a good chance that it uses R22. Under current regulations, certified HVAC technicians can still access the chemical to service air conditioners, but as of January 1, 2020—manufacturers will no longer be able to create any new supply. This means that if you need to charge your air conditioner, it will likely be extremely expensive as it’s expected demand will surpass supply.
The best advice is to get ahead of the ban and upgrade your AC to a new system that doesn’t rely on R22. By replacing your air conditioner, you’ll notice a number of benefits including improved efficiency and comfort. Plus, you’ll have the time to choose your system and installation company, rather than rushing to replace when you find yourself not being able to repair your old air conditioner because of the R22 ban.
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