Many customers have been asking us how the ban on R22 will impact them. We put together this guide to help explain the ban and how it might impact you. If you are one of the many homeowners that could be impacted by this situation, we will be here to help you.
R22 is a refrigerant that is used in older air conditioners. It is also known as Freon and it is used to “top off” some air conditioning systems. It is a gaseous compound that is harmful to the environment called Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC’s), which are made of carbon, chlorine, fluorine and hydrogen.
As a gas, R22 works its way to the upper atmosphere where it breaks apart ozone and converts it into carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that causes problems for the environment especially agriculture and farms. It reflects incoming solar radiation back to earth causing the area to warm up. When mixed with rain water rain, it becomes carbonic acid that damages plants by burning their leaves. It is also harmful to humans and can cause asthma and respiratory disease even in smaller doses. For these reasons, R22 has been banned.
The EPA adopted the Montreal Protocol in 1987 which bans R22 use by 2020. As such, the U.S. Government has allocated a decreasing amount of R22 every year since 2010. This decrease has resulted in severe increases in the price of R22 and it will be unobtainable next year.
We know that the ban on R22 could put an undue burden on you. If you are faced with an R22 unit that needs replaced, we have experts on standby to design a new system for you that uses a safer refrigerant and lowers your utility bills, too. We also provide special financing to make the purchase of a new system affordable. Plus, we offer a two year 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee!
Contact us today to get started or call our Hotline at 833-682-2422. Our R22 & You Hotline is available for expert advice regarding the impact the ban on R22 may have on you.