If your current heating or cooling system is over ten years old, there is a good chance that it uses R22 refrigerant. R22 is an ozone-depleting substance (ODS). Your equipment may have a label that identifies the type of refrigerant type used, but it’s a good idea to ask your licensed professional AC or heat pump dealer for confirmation.
As of January 1, 2020, production and import of R22 refrigerant will be illegal in the United States. Of course, continued use of your air conditioner/heat pump system using R22 refrigerant is allowed.
The ban doesn’t require you to replace a functioning, R22 refrigerant AC or heat pump system. However, you may need to evaluate your options if your air conditioning or heat pump system fails or requires emergency repairs. You may have to decide between a hefty refrigerant bill and a system replacement.
The price of R22 refrigerant is in shrinking supply which makes it very expensive. As the supply becomes limited, you may end up paying more for a repair that requires R22 refrigerant than a down payment on a new heat pump or AC system. If your technician suspects a leak, they should locate and repair the refrigerant leak instead of simply “topping off” a leaking system.
If your unit is over ten years old, you need to start looking at replacing it before it quits. Take the time to evaluate energy efficiencies, products reviews and potential costs of the latest replacements available. Most likely, there are new features and benefits available today that weren’t available when your current system was installed.
If paying for a new system is a concern, Family Air can offer affordable financing options with low monthly payments. If you qualify, financing may help you fit a new HCAC system into your budget without breaking the bank.
Whatever option you choose, make sure you use a licensed professional such as Family Air to provide routine maintenance. Professional maintenance helps your heating and cooling system to operate at its designed efficiency level and alerts you to small, fixable issues before they may become expensive problems.