Are You Ready for the Freon Phase Out?

If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will not be able to get coolant for it starting as soon as January.

Starting in 2020, the manufacture of R-22 and HCFC-22 coolants — both of which are also commonly known as Freon — will be entirely banned throughout the United States, and only available on the secondary market.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided long ago that the chemicals in Freon should be phased out after discovering their harmful effect on the environment, including damage to the ozone layer. But it wasn’t until 2010 that the EPA banned the use of Freon in new AC systems being produced.

About one third of all homes nationwide are still being kept cool by Freon, and the Freon phaseout will make owning an older system more trouble than it’s worth going forward.

Here’s what homeowners should do ahead of the phase out:

  1. Check with your HVAC contractor to find out if your system is using HCFC-22 or R-22 refrigerants.
  2. Get a full AC system check-up to determine if you’re in danger of any system failures or leaks. Beginning in January, repairs to these systems will be difficult and expensive.
  3. Consider replacing your outdated system. These will be easier to repair, more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Call GEN3 today to schedule an estimate for your system replacement, or get a second opinion you can trust!