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Will I Be Affected By the Freon Ban?

Will I Be Affected By the Freon Ban?

The R-22 refrigerant, better known by the brand name Freon, was once one of the most widely used refrigerants in air conditioning systems. Recently though, its harmful effect on the environment has come to light. In 2010, the EPA banned Freon for use in the manufacturing of new AC units, allowing it to be produced only for the maintenance of existing units.

Under the Clean Air Act, the Freon ban will enter its second phase on January 1, 2020, when all production and importation of the R-22 refrigerant itself will be banned. So how will this affect you? It depends on what your system uses as a refrigerant.

R-22 and R-410A Refrigerants

As time wears on, the remaining supply of Freon will begin to wane. Any problems with your air conditioner that require a refill of refrigerant (such as a crack or leak in the refrigerant line) will begin to get more and more expensive due to the limited supply and steady demand for the R-22.

Newer systems use R-410A, often referred to as Puron. Because R-410A does not contribute to ozone depletion, it is approved by the EPA and not affected by the ban. If your system is one of the older types that require R-22, then after 2020 your unit will either need to be retrofitted to accept a new kind of refrigerant or replaced with a newer unit that already uses R-410A or a different refrigerant.

Installing a New AC System

At Plumb Level, we can install central AC units, air handlers, and mini-splits from various name brands. Let us fit your home or business with a system that's quiet, energy-efficient and affordable. We also install ductwork, air filters, and indoor air quality systems. To schedule an appointment, contact our team online or at (979) 200-6674 today!


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