R-22 (Freon): Phasing Out
At this point, most consumers are aware of the phasing out of R-22 (Freon), as initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency, beginning in 2010. Previously used in air conditioners and heat pumps, R-22 refrigerant contains CFC’s, or chlorofluorocarbons, and has proved damaging to the ozone layer. Yet, for consumers with HVAC systems and other equipment still using the R-22 coolant, many are wondering how this change will affect them.
To begin, the EPA has gradually slowed the production of R-22 refrigerant, allowing consumers time to plan a strategy for how and when they will make the switch. With the price of R-22 refrigerant skyrocketing, many welcome the change, choosing to transition to the new environmentally friendly R-410A system sooner, rather than later.
With full implementation of the phase out set for 2030, here is a list of equipment that may be affected:
- Refrigerators and Freezers
- Central Air Conditioners
- Ductless Air Conditioners
- Ground-source heat pumps
- Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning Systems
- Cold Storage Units
- Ice Machines
Making The Switch: Options For Consumers
HVAC Specialists provide helpful advice for consumers looking to make the switch to a more energy-efficient system. If possible, it’s best to replace your older model for a newer one, to avoid being affected by the phase out. Yet, another option is to replace only the affected components of your HVAC system. For business owners, a tax deduction may be claimed for replacement of commercial systems and refrigeration equipment.
Family owned and operated, ClimateSmith, LLC, guarantees top quality results and full satisfaction for all of your HVAC needs. Do you need help moving forward with a new, more energy efficient system or equipment? Whether you are a home or business owner, our specialists are available to help you devise a plan for a smooth transition. For trusted and reliable HVAC service, call ClimateSmith, LLC today.
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