If you have an old air conditioner or heat pump that uses Freon, it’s time to consider 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 from the heating, cooling, and refrigeration industry, Freon has been used for several decades, but will not 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), along with many other environmental agencies from all over the globe, came together to ratify the Freon Stage 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 Phase Out
With years of hard work, chemical engineers and HVAC specialist were able to create an eco-friendly replacement for R-22 known as R-410A, better known as Puron. So in 2010, HVAC manufacturers stopped producing Freon-dependent appliances entirely, and started only producing systems designed to use Puron. In accordance with this phase out, Freon can only be used to recharge HVAC systems until January 1st, 2020. Following this date, Freon will be wholly phased-out and no more available.
If you own an air conditioning system that uses Freon as a coolant, you can expect some difficulties until this upcoming 2020 date. Since Freon is being phased out, the industry supply has dropped drastically. It follows that Freon is hard to discover and very costly. Recharging your HVAC system is going to be both tedious and costly for the next four years. And in 2020, you’ll have no choice but to replace your system with a fresh one since Freon will be gone forever. For all these reasons and more, it’s important to think about replacing your air conditioner with a newer version whenever possible. Not only will it reduce energy bills and maintenance costs, it is going to be a lot safer for the environment!
Don’t waste your time fixing coolant leaks or mechanical problems within an air conditioner that still uses Freon. It is more cost-effective to replace your air conditioning system altogether, and bypass the impending hassle of using Freon. Eventually, you’ll have to invest in a non-Freon system anyway, so it is far better to start now!
How to Safely Dispose 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 is because you can sell your old appliances to a scrap metal buyer and make a fast cash profit.
To do this, you must employ a certified professional to remove the refrigerants from your old AC unit. Some scrap yards have professionals that they work with that do this service for them, but others need you do have the refrigerants removed before they could accept them. Check with your regional scrap metal buyer to see what their requirements are for scrapping an old air conditioner. You can also search for Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) organizations in your area if you want to get rid of it without selling it to a scrap metal buyer.