In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of the refrigerant R-22 in new AC systems. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the ban extends to the manufacture and import of R-22 itself. With the deadline nearly here, here’s what Locust Grove, GA homeowners need to know.
What’s Behind the R-22 Ban?
R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). HCFCs contribute to ozone depletion. Under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, countries — including the United States — agreed to phase out the use of these ozone-depleting chemicals.
How Does It Affect You?
As supplies dwindle, obtaining R-22 for cooling systems is becoming more difficult. Lower supplies mean it becomes more costly, resulting in higher AC repair bills. To find out whether your AC system uses R-22, check your users manual or the nameplate on the outside condenser unit. You can also call one of our service technicians.
What Can You Do?
At some point, you have to decide when to switch to a system that uses R-410 or one of the other EPA-approved refrigerants. As a homeowner, you have three options:
- Wait. Waiting until your AC system completely crashes probably isn’t the best move. Not only will your family be uncomfortable in the Locust Grove heat, but you’ll spend money repairing a system that you’re ultimately going to have to replace anyway.
- Retrofit. While retrofitting is an option, not all systems can accommodate retrofitting. In some cases, the retrofit cost can be hefty, almost the same expense as AC replacement. Additionally, you might void your manufacturer’s warranty if you retrofit your system.
- Replace. Proactive AC replacement allows you time to plan and budget for the phase-out without a last-minute scramble. We can also explain the tax breaks available for switching to a system using R-410.
For more information about what’s involved with replacing your R-22 system, check out the AC replacement services we offer at Meeks Heating & Air or call (770) 988-5644.