If you’ve got an older air conditioner that utilizes R-22 refrigerant, you’ve probably been keeping your eye on the news about its phaseout. With the ban on R-22 well under way, supplies of the refrigerant are quickly shrinking. Here’s a closer look at what this could mean for you.
R-22 refrigerant may still be used for A/C repairs and service – for now
As you may know, R-22 is gradually being phased out as a result of its contribution to the depletion of the ozone layer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first took action in 2010 by demanding that all production of R-22-reliant equipment come to a halt. At this time, your HVAC contractor may still utilize R-22 to service or repair your air conditioner, but all use of the refrigerant will be banned by the year 2020. Because of this, the supplies of R-22 are quickly diminishing. As a result, it will become increasingly difficult for contractors to obtain access to R-22 over the course of the next seven years. Homeowners like yourself can expect a spike in the cost of refrigerant-related repairs or maintenance, and should prepare for the possibility that a time may come when services like these are no longer possible.
R-410A refrigerant provides a solution for savvy homeowners
In order to avoid the potential for problems associated with the R-22 refrigerant shortage, a growing number of homeowners are making the decision to upgrade their air conditioning systems. New cooling equipment is manufactured to utilize an EPA-approved refrigerant known as R-410A. This new refrigerant does not deplete the ozone layer. In addition to helping the environment, homeowners who replace their old air conditioners may enjoy significant energy savings by selecting high-efficiency equipment. And if you decide to make the switch by the end of 2013, you could even take advantage of federal tax credits.
For more information on the R-22 refrigerant phaseout, or to receive a quote on an A/C replacement, contact the experts at Team Bob’s. We provide heating, cooling and plumbing services to residents of Grand Traverse County and its surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about R-22 refrigerant and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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