The most commonly used air conditioner refrigerant—R-22 (or Freon 22)—is being permanently phased out. Why? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that one of its compounds severely depletes the earth’s protective ozone layer and contributes to global warming. On January 1, 2010, the EPA prohibited the production of systems that use R-22 refrigerant. And the production of R-22 coolant must stop before 2020.
Homeowners with air conditioners that use R-22—systems produced before January 1, 2010—do NOT have to upgrade to a new A/C. They can keep using them as long as they work—the switch to environmentally friendly refrigerants will be a gradual change.
Here’s What You Need to Know If Your A/C Uses R-22
It’s safe to keep using an air conditioner with R-22. But you should know that the refrigerant will become more expensive as it becomes less available. It might cost you more to keep your system going in the long run, especially if it requires frequent recharges.
Depending on your system type, our technicians can recommend a cost-effective replacement refrigerant that meets EPA requirements. There are a number of options available, but you should know that some may result in decreased cooling power.
Because air conditioners typically last 15 to 20 years, it might be worth considering a new system sooner rather than later. It will help you avoid a breakdown, expensive repairs, higher energy bills, or a hasty replacement purchase. Talk to your Sabre Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning technician about a new, environmentally friendly Bryant® system that meets your cooling needs, maximizes efficiency, and is installed perfectly to keep you comfortable summer after summer.