The EPA is phasing out the production and use of R22 (HCFC-22) refrigerant for home air conditioners and commercial air conditioning HVAC systems. The Montreal Protocol was the international agreement that started the phase-out of global ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons “CFCs”. The EPA furthered the Montreal Protocol standards by amendment and acceptance of Title IV of the Clean Air Act.
How does this affect you? Servicing your current air conditioner could cost half as much as replacing your AC with a new modern non-R22 air conditioner. The price of R22 has increased significantly and is roughly 10 times more than R22 used to be. The price of R22 increases yearly as the supply is reduced.
Newer air conditioning systems use R-410A and this is a great improvement for everyone. R-410A is EPA-recognized as a chlorine-free refrigerant and is ozone friendly. Upgrading your air conditioning system will allow you to enjoy cool home temperatures without causing damage to the invaluable ozone layer that protects Earth from solar radiation.
Some existing systems can be converted from R-22 to R-410A. Many existing systems cannot be converted to R-410A and a replacement is advised when the R-22 system starts to leak or become inefficient.
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