If you own an old air conditioner or heat pump that uses Freon, it is time to think about making a change. Freon is a chemical coolant, or refrigerant, that facilitates the transport of heat from one place to another. Known as R-22 in the heating, cooling, and refrigeration industry, Freon has been used for several decades, but won’t be any longer. This is because chemical refrigerants are harmful to the environment, for instance, O-zone layer. And as soon as this scientific evidence was confirmed, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), together with many other environmental agencies from all over the world, came together to ratify the Freon Phase Out. If you have an old air conditioner, continue reading to learn about the Freon phase out and how it affects your property’s heating and cooling.
Freon Stage Out
World-wide environmental protection agencies enacted a Freon phase out several years ago to remove the threat of chemical refrigerants to our surrounding environment, namely our O-zone layer. With years of hard work, chemical engineers and HVAC specialist could create an eco-friendly replacement for R-22 called R-410A, better known as Puron. In accordance with this phase out, Freon can simply be used to recharge HVAC systems until January 1st, 2020. Following this date, Freon will be completely phased-out and no longer available.
Get Rid of Freon
If you own an ac system that uses Freon as a coolant, you can expect some difficulties before this upcoming 2020 date. Since Freon has been phased out, the industry supply has dropped radically. This means that Freon is hard to find and very costly. Recharging your HVAC system will be both tedious and costly for another four decades. And in 2020, you’ll have no choice but to replace your system with a fresh one because Freon will be gone forever. For these reasons and more, it is important to think about replacing your air conditioner with a newer model as soon as possible. Not only will it reduce energy bills and maintenance costs, it will be much safer for the environment!
Do not waste your time fixing coolant leaks or mechanical problems within an air conditioner that still utilizes Freon. It’s more cost-effective to replace your ac system altogether, and bypass the imminent hassle of using Freon. Eventually, you’ll have to invest in a non-Freon system anyway, so it’s better to start now!
The Way to Safely Eliminate an Old Air Conditioner
When it comes time to replace your old air conditioner with a new one, don’t throw your old AC in the garbage. Not only is this highly dangerous and illegal, it is a waste of perfectly good money. That’s because you can sell your old appliances into a scrap metal buyer and make a quick cash profit. Then you can use this money toward your new air conditioner purchase. Before you sell your air conditioner to a scrap metal yard, it’s necessary to first understand how to eliminate the R-22 and R-410A refrigerants, legally and safely.
To do so, you must hire a certified professional to remove the refrigerants from the old AC unit. Some scrap yards have professionals that they work with that do this service for them, while others require you do have the refrigerants removed before they can accept them. Check with your regional scrap metal buyer to find out what their needs are for scrapping an old air conditioner. You could also look for Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) organizations in your area if you want to eliminate it without selling it to a scrap metal buyer.