Due to increasing damage to the ozone layer and the threat of irreversible climate change, the refrigerant known as Freon or R-22 is being phased out. While this will help the environment, it could be inconvenient to homeowners in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a system that uses R-22 refrigerant. Learn about the R-22 refrigerant phaseout and discover what you can do for your system to stay cool and remain in compliance with U.S. law.
When Will R-22 Become Illegal?
R-22 refrigerant was the industry standard for decades, but the last day you can legally have it in your HVAC system is rapidly approaching. Freon officially becomes illegal in the United States on January 1, 2020. Strictly speaking, the manufacturing and importing of Freon are illegal, which means you won’t be able to get the necessary materials to perform maintenance on your HVAC system. Even basic electrical issues could require more refrigerant, which will be unavailable.
What Are Your Options?
With this phaseout rapidly approaching, you have three options to address the situation if your system currently uses R-22.
- Wait: If you choose to hold out with your current system, you can keep it going until the first time it needs maintenance. Once reaching that point, you’ll have to get a new system.
- Conversion: You can convert your old system to use a new refrigerant that’s more environmentally friendly and not banned by the government.
- Replacement: The best option would be to simply replace your entire system in advance so you don’t suddenly need a new system or to transform your old one into something more compliant. Use the time between now and Jan. 1 to find a suitable replacement for your home.
Getting Professional Help
Whether you’re looking to retrofit your HVAC system or get a new one installed, Bryans United Air Conditioning can get the job done with the quality service you deserve. Get in touch with our expert team today by calling 504-208-2071 to make sure your system is prepared for the phaseout.
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