For months, the HVAC industry has been bracing for changes implemented by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency.) Now that 2020 is finally here, new rules are in effect, barring the importing and manufacturing of Freon in the U.S. Yet you may still be able to purchase the well-known refrigerant. Keep reading to find out what you need to know about the changes in Freon regulations, and make sure to call our experts at Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Cooling & Heating for all your air conditioning needs.
Is Freon Banned?
The biggest misconception about the EPA’s recent Freon ban is that it seemingly came out of nowhere. In fact, the EPA has voiced concerns about the substance R-22, more commonly known as Freon, dating back to the 1980s.
R-22 has been classified as an ozone-depleting substance under the Clean Air Act. This has given the EPA incentive to ramp efforts to ban Freon—an initiative that began to intensify in 2010, amidst mounting concerns surrounding global warming and climate change. In 2015, the EPA began an official phaseout of the substance, which finally went into effect on January 1st of this year.
However, it is important to stress that the new EPA regulations only pertain to Freon importation and production in the United States. To wit, it is still legal to purchase and use the coolant. The primary goal of the EPA’s efforts is to gradually incentivize AC users to switch to products that do not run on Freon, as U.S. stores of the substance continue to dwindle.
How Will the Freon Ban Affect Me?
If you’re already using an air conditioner that does not require Freon for operation, congratulations, this does not apply to you! If, however, you are still using a Freon-based AC unit, you have several options: 1) Wait until U.S. Freon supplies completely run out and you are forced to make a switch. 2) Retrofit your AC system, so that it runs on a refrigerant other than Freon. 3) Upgrade to a modern, energy-efficient AC system now.
At Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Cooling & Heating, we are strong advocates of option three. While retrofitting your air conditioner will solve your problem temporarily, extending the life of an old unit is only a temporary solution—especially since most older AC systems tend to perform worse and only become more expensive to operate with age. Fortunately, our HVAC pros offer a range of top-of-the-line equipment for when you need to replace your current system. Don’t let the Freon ban affect you—call Dial One Johnson now to install a long-lasting, money-saving, brand new air conditioner today!
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