All air conditioning systems rely on refrigerant to keep you cool in hot weather. Most systems built before 2010 use R22 refrigerant, commonly known under the trade name Freon. Starting on January 1, 2020, the refrigerant will be much harder to obtain. Only recycled, reclaimed or previously produced stocks of R-22 will be available for existing systems. How will the federal phase-out of R-22 affect your Deerfield, IL cooling comfort? Read on to learn what the new regulations mean for you.
A Bit of Background
Like many other refrigerants, R-22 contains hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which contribute to the depletion of the Earth’s protective ozone layer. In 1992, world leaders from all developed nations agreed to phase out refrigerants containing the harmful substances. Since 2010, the industry has been manufacturing air conditioners with alternative refrigerants that are kinder to the environment. If you have an AC system built before that date, the R-22 ban may impact you.
All About Leaks
Air conditioners are charged with the correct level of refrigeration upon installation. If all goes well, the refrigerant will last as long as you own your system. Should an R-22 leak occur, however, it will become increasingly expensive to repair the problem. Prices will rise as stocks of the refrigerant are depleted. Because leaks tend to reoccur, those who have experienced leaks in the past might want to consider replacing the system. Our knowledgeable service technicians can help you crunch the numbers to determine the most cost-effective option.
Professional AC tune-ups from a qualified technician help prevent costly refrigerant leaks. With regular care, you may continue to use a system with R22 refrigerant throughout the service life of the equipment. Your AC system will perform better and run more efficiently with preventive maintenance from Ireland Heating & Air Conditioning.
If you prefer to own a more eco-friendly system, now’s the time to explore your options. Today’s ozone-friendly systems can help you save money on cooling bills for years to come. For more information, check out our air conditioning services or call 847-388-0108.