Does Your Long Island Home’s A/C Unit Use Freon? Get the Scoop on the R-22 Phasout

You may or may not know whether the heating and cooling systems in your home contain Freon, but many of the upcoming laws pertaining to refrigerants will have an effect on you at some point in the future. That’s because, starting January 1, 2015, new laws come into effect which require the U.S. to reduce its consumption of HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) to a level 90 percent below established baselines. Basically what it means is due to government regulation to improve the ecology, changes have, and will be made, to the chemicals used in HVAC systems.

Existing air conditioning systems built before 2010 may use refrigerants that are currently being phased ouDoes Your Long Island Home's A/C Unit Use Freon? Get the Scoop on the R-22 Phasoutt, the most widely used of which has been R-22 in central air conditioners, heat pumps, freezers, refrigerators and other cooling devices. As a part of the R-22 phaseout, new refrigerants are now available as replacements.

However, manufacturers are currently still allowed to produce R-22 to service existing equipment until January 1, 2020. After that, the only R-22 that will be allowed for servicing existing equipment will be refrigerant that has been recycled or reclaimed. As the final part of the R-22 phaseout, no more R-22 will be manufactured.

Due to the additional compressors and other equipment required to work with the new refrigerants, a retrofit on existing equipment isn’t cost effective or feasible. Unfortunately, that means by the time the January 2020 deadline comes around, it will probably be more economical to replace any existing R-22 systems with ones that use a new refrigerant.

So, what does this mean for your HVAC system in your Long Island home? If you’re looking to replace your worn out heat pump or air conditioning system with a new one, your new system will not use R-22. If you need service on an air conditioning system and aren’t sure if it is an R-22 system, contact Cool Power. Our expert technicians can help with all your HVAC needs, including coping with the R-22 phaseout and what your best options are.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about R-22 phaseout and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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