Indoor Air Quality
Freon Phaseout in Plano, TX
Is your air conditioner over a decade old? If so, it’s very likely that it is using Freon, also called R-22, as its refrigerant. Due to new regulations set forth by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this ozone-depleting substance is being completely phased out by January 2020.
Contact Aire Texas Residential Services, Inc for a free Freon test to determine if your system is still using this substance in the cooling process.
What You Need to Know
As of January 1, 2020:
- The Freon/R-22 phaseout will be complete.
- Contractors already have very limited access to R-22 supplies.
"Will I Need a New Air Conditioner?"
Not necessarily right away. Following the phase-out date, if your system still has Freon/R-22 in it, it can use recycled product should it need a refill (recharge).
That is, if the product is available to local contractors. It can be less expensive in the long run to upgrade your air conditioner to a more efficient model now rather than relying on the availability of recycled refrigerant. Otherwise, your options include:
- Doing nothing until your system needs a repair.
- Retrofitting/converting your old R-22 equipment to use an existing refrigerant.
"Why Is This Change Being Made?"
EPA regulations have been issued under Sections 601-607 of the Clean Air Act to phase out the production and import of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). The U.S. phaseout is reducing the amount of ODS that can be legally produced or imported into the country.
New air conditioning units use R-410A refrigerant, reducing the impact on the environment. These newer systems use far less energy, provide cost savings to homeowners through maintenance and electric costs, and offer a green alternative to R-22 based units.
The best time to switch to a new air conditioner is before you’re hit by the costs of repairing an R-22 based system! If you’ve been considering an air conditioner upgrade, speak with Aire Texas Residential Services, Inc today, and look for the Energy Star® label on your new system.
If you have any questions about the Freon and R-22 phaseout or would like to know the status of your air conditioning system, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.