Are you getting your Pennsylvania home ready for summer? Before you switch on your air conditioner, double check its age! Equipment that is 10 years or older likely uses R-22 refrigerant, which will be banned in the U.S. in 2020. This means you (or your HVAC provider) will not be able to purchase it to help your equipment run.
Before you panic, read these important facts about the R-22 ban and how it will affect your A/C system.
R-22 Refrigerant FAQs
Q: What is R-22 A/C refrigerant?
A: R-22 refrigerant is a cooling substance used by most air conditioning equipment manufactured in 2011 or earlier.
Q: Why is R-22 A/C refrigerant being banned in the U.S.?
A: The EPA has banned the use and sale of R-22 refrigerant because of its ozone-depleting qualities and its negative effect on the environment.
Q: How will the R-22 refrigerant ban affect me?
A: If your current air conditioner uses R-22, you will be unable to purchase more after 2020. Systems that use R-22 can be converted to different refrigerants. This transition can be expensive. Contact your HVAC provider if you are unsure if your A/C system uses R-22.
Q: What can I do to prepare for the 2020 R-22 ban?
A: HVAC specialists recommend that homeowners with older A/C systems that use R-22 refrigerant upgrade to new high-efficiency equipment. This will avoid the high cost of converting an old unit that will likely require replacement in the near future, anyway.
Q: What are the benefits of high-efficiency air conditioning?
A: Instead of converting your old system, your money can be better spent by upgrading to a more energy-efficient system. High-efficiency A/C offers significant benefits to homeowners:
- Less energy used to produce better comfort
- Minimize your environmental impact
- Lower summer utility bills
- Reduced risk of breakdowns
- Longer equipment lifespan
- More advanced technological features
If you are considering a high-efficiency upgrade, we recommend completing this in 2019. That way, you’ll be all set by the time the R-22 ban goes into effect. Contact the experts at Self Heating & Cooling to get an estimate or to ask any questions about R-22.