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Will the 2020 Freon Ban Force Me to Replace My AC System?

With more than half the year now over, savvy homeowners all over the country have one question on their mind as this summer season begins to wrap up: “Will the 2020 freon ban force me to replace my AC system?”

If you are already thinking about this, congrats on staying ahead of the curve. It is true that due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbons, or HCFCs (chemical compounds put in refrigerants to give them cooling power,) Freon, also known as HCFC-22 and R-22, will cease production as of January 2020. However, this does not necessarily mean you will need to buy a new air conditioner  

AC Manufacturers & Freon

If your air conditioner was made after 2010, chances are you will not be affected by the Freon ban. Most modern AC units use a refrigerant known as R410A, or Puron, which has been shown not to contribute to the same greenhouse gasses the EPA has barred Freon over. Since at least 2015, Puron has been the HVAC industry standard for AC systems.

If your unit does was manufactured before that 2010-2015 period, don’t panic. Freon is mainly harmful to the environment if it leaks or is disposed of incorrectly. Running an air conditioner that uses Freon will continue to be legal for a limited time post-2020. The difference is that no new Freon will be manufactured, so your AC technician will have to use recycled Freon to power your system.

Retrofitting & Replacing Your Old AC System

While there is no immediate cause for concern, it’s natural for homeowners to look ahead to the near future, when Freon will cease to be available completely. Although the EPA has not mandated that houses using Freon-based air conditioners upgrade to modern systems, the good news is that you may be able to retrofit your system with the assistance of a skilled HVAC tech.

 If your AC unit’s coils are compatible with R410A refrigerant, it is possible to swap out the outdoor unit without completely replacing the system’s other components. Although this process can be expensive, it will prevent you from having to replace your old air conditioner completely, while potentially saving you money in the long-run by increasing your system’s energy efficiency.

Of course, the most cost-effective solution may just be to install an entire new system. Most AC units only last 15 years or so, and with the variety of innovative technology on the market these days, now is a great time to make the switch. Fortunately, Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC offers AC installation and replacement options guaranteed to cut down on your energy bills and give you more cooling power than ever. Don’t get worried if you still have a Freon-based system—get Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC!

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