If you’re at all familiar with the HVAC industry, you already know there’s been one big question stuck on customers’ minds lately: is Freon banned in the U.S.?
Consumers have been led to assume come 2020, a Freon ban will go into effect in the United States. This has caused many homeowners to believe they will have to replace their air conditioner or even that using their current AC unit will become illegal. However, there are a lot of misconceptions swirling around out there, and many of the widespread assumptions about the Freon ban are actually incorrect.
New Freon Rules
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the new Freon regulations is that they aren’t actually new. All the way back in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency classified Freon—known technically as HCFC-22—as an ozone-depleting substance. This action was part of the Clean Air Act, which mandated the 2020 deadline for banning the substance. Yet as the EPA has stated on their own website, the supposed “ban” isn’t necessarily what homeowners and consumers think it is.
What to Know for Your HVAC System
While the Freon ban will go into effect on January 1st, you will need to immediately replace your HVAC system. Instead, all production and importing of HCFC-22 will conclude. So while you will still be able to purchase Freon, and to use it, eventually, the remaining supply will run out.
What does this mean for you? The good news is that most modern air conditioning technology does not even use Freon, so if your system was purchased within the past few years, there is a good chance that this is a non-issue for you. If, however, your system does run on Freon, you will have a few years to make the transition to a system that is not powered by HCFC-22, before the remaining supply is fully depleted. Given that the lifespan of most older AC units is about 15 years, maximum, the timing for this transaction should actually line up nicely. Some HVAC technicians also provide retrofitting service, so you can upgrade your current system to no longer run on Freon. To check what kind of coolant your system is powered by, just look at the side of the unit for the corresponding sticker (R-22 also indicates your system is powered by Freon.)
To learn more about AC options guaranteed to improve your equipment, call our trusted Beaumont HVAC technicians at Precision One Services today. We provide AC installation and repair for a range of systems. Regardless of what your AC unit runs on, our experts at Precision One Services will do everything in our power to keep it running smoothly for years to come.
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