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Deadline for R-22 Phase Out Fast Approaching for Air Conditioning Systems Installed Before 2005

Posted on: April 7, 2017

What Is R-22 Refrigerant?

R-22 refrigerant (or Freon) is an ozone-depleting refrigerant used in air conditioners and heat pumps. In 2009, the U.S. government set a phase out plan. Cooling systems installed before 2005 most likely use this refrigerant, and while a recharge may not be necessary, if your system develops a leak or requires service, you’ll need replacement refrigerant.

When Is the Deadline?

After 1/1/2020, refrigerant manufacturers must cease all production of R-22 completely. Until then, such cooling systems can be serviced and recharged if necessary.

How Does the R-22 Phase Out Impact You? GAC Services Has Answers!

If your air conditioner or heat pump was installed before 2005, then it most likely uses R-22, which is being phased out and currently hard to find should your system require refrigerant replacement. As time goes on, R-22 will become even harder for companies to obtain. As a result we have already noticed a steady increase in this already expensive refrigerant.

Most systems installed after 2010 did not utilize R-22 and instead use safer, more environmentally-friendly R-410A.

How do you know if your system uses R-22?

The refrigerant type used in your system is typically listed on the unit’s nameplate. For common central air systems, that’s usually found on the outdoor condenser.

Do I need to replace my system now?

No, you do not need to replace your cooling system right now, but as the deadline of the phase out (in 2020) approaches, we expect the cost of replacement R-22 refrigerant to continue to increase, which will likely cause your energy costs to increase as well.

The multi-year phase out of R-22 allows homeowners to make the right choice for their home, budget, and cooling needs on when they may want or need a new system installed.

Upgrading your system can save money, time, and hassle in the long run. Currently, utility rebates are up to $1,125, but the rebate amount will be reduced by over $500 very soon. Maximize rebate savings and avoid headache by upgrading to a new cooling system with GAC Services.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Gaithersburg & Frederick

Was your cooling system installed in 2005 or earlier? If so, it uses R-22 refrigerant (Freon). Finding R-22 for your system will continue to become more expensive and more of a hassle as the phase-out deadline approaches. Minimize headache (and maximize savings with utility rebates!) by replacing your system today with a more environmentally-friendly and energy efficient unit. Call us for more information. 

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