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Does Your AC Unit Use R22? Here's How and Why to Replace It

At the start of 2020, the long-awaited phase-out of R22 refrigerant kicked into gear. Also known as freon or HCFC-22, R22 has been found to significantly damage our planet and was banned for production or use in the US via the Clean Air Act. 

So, what does this mean for your current AC system? At ARS / Rescue Rooter, we can help your determine how and when to get a new AC unit that is safer to use and less expensive to manage.

Why is Freon (R22) Dangerous?

Of all the commonly used refrigerants on the market, R22 was found to be the most detrimental to the ozone layer. Exposure to leaking Freon was also found to cause breathing difficulties, heart problems, and headaches in certain people. Since many of the older models develop Freon leaks, they also require immediate repairs to maintain their safety.

Due to the R22 phase-out managed by the Environmental Protection Agency, R22 will no longer be produced in the US and only recycled containers will be accepted for purchase. As the production of R22 decreases, the price will continue to rise. So although you won’t be required to remove your R22-dependant AC unit right away, it will become more costly to refill.

Do I need to Replace my Freon AC Unit?

First of all, it’s important to determine if your unit even uses freon. If you purchased the unit after 2010, there is a strong chance that it does not. You can check the manufacturer’s data plate on your unit for more details or invite your local ARS / Rescue Rooter team out to take a look at your system. Look for the markers “R22” or “HCFC-22” on the sticker to determine if it uses freon.

Depending on the installation, you will eventually need to have the unit upgraded to use a different refrigerant or have the system replaced altogether. Either way, as soon as the unit requires repair, you will need to choose the best course of action right away.

With the right plan in place, however, replacing your system brings with it a long list of benefits, especially when you work with one of our EPA-certified specialists. We can help you choose an AC which:

  • Lowers your bills
  • Improves the air quality in your home
  • Meets and exceeds EPA standards
  • Meetings and exceeds efficiency standards
  • May qualify for local tax rebates
  • Works with the unique design of your home

How to Upgrade Your R22 AC Unit

At ARS / Rescue Rooter, we work hand in hand with our customers to help them make the best decisions for their home, wallets, and safety. We can help you choose a unit that has earned the Energy Star rating that is best for the planet and best for lowering your monthly bills.

Contact a Comfort Specialist near you for a free consultation and a no-obligation estimate that can set you on the track for safer air in your home at a lower price.

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