Is AC Freon Being Discontinued?

You may have some concerns regarding the Freon phase out and its effect on your home’s air conditioning system. Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning would like to take this opportunity to explain your options for your home as Freon is discontinued.

Why is Freon Being Phased Out?

According to EPA legislation, the production of any new Freon is scheduled to end by 2020. The Freon phase out has been ongoing for several years. As of 2010, the EPA has required manufacturers to redesign their air conditioners to accommodate the use of the new and environmentally friendly refrigerant, Puron. This R-22 replacement does not present as much of a danger to the fragile ozone layer as its predecessor, Freon.

Freon contains chlorine gas that escapes into the atmosphere if this refrigerant is leaked from air conditioning equipment. It has been linked to the depletion of the ozone layer that provides a layer of protection between the Earth and the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Puron does not contain chlorine, thus if accidentally leaked, it will not cause damage to the ozone layer.

So What Does This Mean to Nashville, GA, Homeowners?

Unless your home’s air conditioning system has been installed in the last few years, it is likely that it uses Freon. The phase out does not require homeowners to replace their current systems. You do need to be aware; however, that if at some point your system develops a leak and requires a recharge of Freon, it may become expensive to do so. This is because as the production of new Freon dwindles, the only available source of this refrigerant will be from recycled and reclaimed supplies from equipment that is taken out of service.

One way to avoid this future expense and any possible shortages of Freon is to consider replacing your system. There are benefits to both you and the environment. Today’s systems are up to 40 percent more energy efficient than systems that were manufactured just a decade ago. With current incentive programs that include the 25C federal tax credit and other possible rebates from local utilities, a new air conditioning system will quickly pay for itself, and provide continued savings on your electric bill.

Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning serves Nashville, GA, and the surrounding area. We can help clear up any confusion you may have regarding the Freon phase out while providing you with affordable solutions for cooling your home.