The End of Freon: How Your AC System is Affected

You count on your residential or commercial spaces AC system every day and likely have been doing so for years. Have you started to plan for what to do if the system fails? Here in North Central Florida, the summer heat is kicking in and your system will be put to the test. In our recent blog, Repair or Replace? Assessing Your AC Unit Needs, we give details on factors to consider, but what if one of the biggest factors is a key part of the unit you didn’t know you counted on?

Understanding Freon

Freon, the household name for HCFC22 or R22 refrigerant, has been a longstanding cooling agent for AC units of all sizes and types. However, it was recently declared to be a harmful chemical to the environment, specifically the ozone layer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared that the use of Freon in the United States would be banned starting January 1, 2020.

While this ban itself is not new and has been agreed to age out, with the ban now in effect, AC unit owners may face difficult decisions on replacing their system sooner than once expected. All sales and importing of Freon are banned making what was once a common reload for your system (like an oil change for your car) now impossible.

How to Tell if You’re Impacted?

The ban of Freon has been gradually ramping up to this moment for some time. As of 2010, the EPA banned the installation of units that use Freon. Therefore, if your AC unit was installed in the past ten years, you’re all set! However, if your unit is older and is reaching the end of its expected life of around 15 years already, this is important. The average lifespan of an AC unit is 15 years, but if you find yourself in that 11-15 year range, you may need to make a costly full replacement sooner than expected.

Get AC Expert Help

While the news of the ban is not new, but the implementation is and will drastically shift the approach for weighing options as we head toward peak AC system reliance in the summer season. Don’t wait for your system to reach a critical failure point as the decision to replace we understand is not easy. Our team of AC experts can help make sure you’re using the best, safest AC unit fo your home so that you can count on it all summer long. Get in touch with us today.