Your air conditioner relies on the refrigerant it uses to provide relief when temperatures soar in Auburndale, FL. The most commonly used coolant today is R-22.

With federal regulations phasing out the use of R-22, many homeowners will soon have to look for an AC replacement or face increasing costs for AC service. Here are some things you should know about the phaseout so that you can make an informed decision.

Why R-22 is Being Phased Out

R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC-22) that depletes the ozone layer. The United States agreed to gradually phase out HCFCs under the 1987 international Montreal Protocol. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the manufacture of new appliances that use R-22 in 2010.

Facing Limited Supplies of R22

As of Jan. 1, 2020, manufacturers can no longer produce or import new R-22. Homeowners will have to rely on stockpiles of the refrigerant. What’s more, freezers, refrigerators, and commercial refrigeration equipment will all have to compete for the increasingly scarce refrigerant. The continually decreasing supply will probably drive up the price of servicing your AC unit.

Replacing a Unit that Uses R-22

AC units manufactured before 2010 typically use R-22, and these aging systems are more prone to leaks and repairs. Even though the EPA doesn’t require you to buy a new system to replace your R-22 unit, between the rising price of servicing Freon units and the declining efficiency of an aging air conditioner, at some point an AC replacement is your best option.

We believe in being proactive when it comes to your comfort, which is why we recommend talking with one of our experts while there’s still time to plan for the transition. To learn more about the Trane cooling systems we offer or the R-22 phaseout, call Airpliance today at (863) 259-6730 or visit our website.