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Air Conditioner Refrigerant Phase-Out Will Cost Consumers

You count on your air conditioner to stay running to keep your home cool and comfortable. If you have an older model that springs a leak, you’ll be looking at a big expense to add more Freon to the unit. R-22 air conditioner refrigerant, or Freon, is being phased out by the U.S. government. It contains chlorine, which presents a danger to the ozone layer. The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered that all production of Freon be stopped by 2020.

In anticipation of the 2020 mandate, the EPA has reduced the amount of Freon that can be produced each year. As the available supplies start to dwindle, the cost of the gas is being affected with higher prices in the marketplace. Freon is priced by the pound, and it is going to continue to rise in price.

Servicing Existing Systems with Air Conditioner Refrigerant

If your existing unit uses R-22, you can continue to be serviced with this type of refrigerant during the phase-out period. The EPA does not require homeowners to change or convert existing units to one with a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant.

Installing a New Air Conditioner System

New air conditioning and heat pump systems rely on replacement refrigerants that do not contain chlorine. If your older system needs to be repaired and the outdoor condensing unit (condenser and compressor) has to be replaced, you will likely have to have need a new indoor unit (evaporator) as well.

When you are ready to replace your air conditioner system, be sure to choose an energy-efficient model. It will help you keep your energy costs down while making your home environment an inviting one! Contact us for all your air conditioning service and installation needs. We look forward to hearing from you.

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