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What You Need to Know About the Freon Ban

If you’ve been keeping up with our page you’ve heard about the ban on Freon that will be going into effect in 2020. With these changes on the horizon, many homeowners are wondering, “How will this affect my home?” and “Will I have to get a new air conditioner?”

Our technicians take a look at what the Freon ban means for you and your home.

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What’s Changing?

What many people don’t realize is that the Freon ban isn’t breaking news. The EPA banned Freon (also known as HCFC-22 and R-22) for use in new systems back in 2010 after classifying it as an ozone-depleting substance. Through the Clean Air Act, new production and import of HCFC-22 will be banned in 2020.

Do I Need a New System?

The ban doesn’t mean you need to replace your HVAC unit on January 1st, but it does mean that the import and manufacturing of HCFC-22 will cease in the United States, which will lead to the existing supply dwindling. The bottom line? Eventually, your system will either have to be replaced with a newer HVAC unit that uses another source for refrigerant or in some cases, your system can be retrofitted to use an alternative source of refrigerant.

Not all HVAC units use HCFC-22 as coolant. You can check what kind of coolant your system uses by checking the sticker on the side—if it says “HCFC-22” or “R-22” you’ll need to start planning for the future of your system.

The professionals at Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling can help you determine what refrigerant your system uses and what options you have for the future. Contact our team today online or at (281) 645-5905 to schedule an appointment!