The reign of R-22, or Freon, is coming to a fast close. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” certainly doesn’t apply here. By 2020, the chemical keeping your air nice and cool is expected to be completely phased out. What does that mean for you? Changing the Freon in your AC unit is about to get more expensive (compared to about $300 per replacement now!) and incredibly difficult. That leaves you with two choices:
- Pay high prices for replacement R-22 and AC tune-ups until you must replace your current system.
- Put that money (hundreds of dollars…) toward a down payment on a new, compliant, environmentally-friendly unit.
The hot, humid weather is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to make your decision. There’s no sense in paying for a pre-summer tune-up if you plan to replace your outdated unit.
The Obvious Reason R-22 is on the Way Out
R-22 isn’t here for much longer, and for good reason. Due to the harmful impacts that R-22 has on the earth’s ozone layer, industry experts anticipate the chemical will be a thing of the past by 2020. That’s two years from now, everyone. Let’s all agree that we don’t want to hurt the ozone layer, considering it’s the only thing standing between us and the extreme power of the sun. To keep our earth well-protected, we recommend switching to an AC unit that supports a different, environmentally-friendly type of Freon called R-410a. Not only is R-410a better for the earth, but also for your AC!
Compared to the outdated R-22 refrigerant, R-410a works better in temperatures of 90°F and above, removes more moisture and humidity from the air and has a lower critical temperature. After January 1, 2020, R-22 will officially be illegal to produce in the United States. The U.S. will no longer manufacture the product and any importing of the product will cease. Not saying it will be illegal to use the product, but it will be incredibly difficult to get it serviced and cost large amounts of money to replace it due to a lack of supply. Demand will be high and supply will be low, increasing the price.
Final Thoughts on Freon
Ultimately, your options are to either use R-22 until you’re not able to replace it anymore and then upgrade, or upgrade now and relieve yourself of any future stress. The choice is up to you, but we definitely suggest the latter. The next time your unit with R-22 needs to recharge, consider asking your tech for options to switch out your refigerant for something that won’t be banned in the near future. The clock is ticking, be ahead of the game and consider replacing your freon!