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R22 Phaseout of 2020

Will the Phaseout of R22 Refrigerant Affect You?

As of January 1, 2020, the production and import of R22 refrigerant will be illegal in the United States. Of course, continued use of your air conditioner (AC) or heat pump system using R22 refrigerant is allowed. However, it does mean that if your AC or heat pump system needs a repair that involves refrigerant, you may have to decide between a hefty refrigerant bill and a system replacement. Contact us today for more information, or visit our website as we make scheduling easy!

What Refrigerant Is In My Cooling System?

On January 1, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a ban on the production and import of R22, except for continuing servicing needs of existing equipment. The EPA also banned the manufacturing and installation of new R22 AC or heat pump systems. As a result, manufacturers of AC and heat pump equipment redesigned their systems to accommodate R410A (a chlorine-free refrigerant). Want to know more? Be sure to visit our site here!

What Is Refrigerant?

Refrigerant is the fluid that flows inside the coils in your AC or heat pump. With the help of your system’s compressor, condenser, and evaporator, various pressures are imposed on the refrigerant causing it to transform physically between liquid and gas states. This physical change makes the substance either hot or cold. As its pressure changes, it readily absorbs or gives off heat to the air passing over the coils, changing the temperature of that air. Eventually, this comfortable air makes its way to the rooms in your home. Call us for more details today.

Owners of commercial air conditioning systems: This is for you! If your system has been giving you trouble, you may be wondering if you should replace your R22 air conditioner. If so, we have good news for you.

According to the new tax laws, you can now get a big tax break when you install a new HVAC system. Typical savings can be at least $5000, but can also be much more with larger systems. This can really help offset the cost to replace your R22 air conditioner. We make scheduling easy! Call or text us for more details at (571) 353-9900.

More facts:

  • As of January 1, 2020, the coolant can no longer be manufactured or imported.

  • The supply of R22 will become more and more limited in the months ahead, causing the price of R22 to rise.

  • Repairs to R22 equipment will get more and more expensive.

The bottom line: homeowners with air conditioners that use R22 should consider a replacement.

Every homeowner is conscious of the costs to maintain a home. No one likes surprises, especially costly ones. If your R22 air conditioner breaks down, the cost of the repair could be double what it was last year. Unfortunately, it’s simply a supply and demand issue that we cannot control. That’s why we’re sharing this important update with our customers.

So be prepared! No matter what condition your HVAC system is in, it’s a good time to look at replacement options. It's better to start researching now instead of having the hassle of a broken AC in the sweltering summer months. Also, we have a lot of great options available to homeowners that choose to replace before summer.

Do you still need additional information? We’re here to help. Call us with any questions you have at (571)353-9900, or visit our website to learn more about how we can assist you in your next project!