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 product 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.
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.