Tracking the R-22 (Freon) Phase-Out
If it’s been more than 10 years since you replaced your air conditioner, your system may be running on a coolant that is currently being phased out and thus becoming harder to get and more expensive. R-22, a.k.a. Freon, was once a mainstay in home cooling systems but has since been found to contribute to ozone depletion. As a result of these findings, the EPA has been phasing out R-22 production over the past six years and will continue to do so until 2020 in accordance with the following schedule:
January 1, 2010:
Phase-out began with a ban on all R-22 production, except for ongoing service needs of existing equipment.
2014-2015: Production dropped from 51 million lbs. to 18 million lbs.
• 2015-2017: Production will drop to 13 million lbs.
• 2017-2018: Production will drop to 9 million lbs.
• 2018-2019: Production will drop to 4 million lbs.
• 2020: No new R-22 production or importation allowed.
What does this mean to Connecticut homeowners?
If you have an older air conditioner in your home, it means that your air conditioning maintenance costs have probably jumped over the past few years and will certainly continue to do so until you upgrade your system. It also means that your air conditioner will be rendered completely obsolete within the next few years.
What does it mean to V-Fuel air conditioning customers?
If our team installed your system anytime recently, you don’t have to worry! All central air conditioning systems V-Fuel installs use the environmentally friendly, EPA-approved 410A refrigerant. This refrigerant is not subject to the phase-out and is still readily available. So, if your system ever does leak, we have the needed coolant on hand and can provide a recharge at a reasonable rate.