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Important AC Update: R22 Phaseout

Phasing out freon

Have any idea what kind of refrigerant your air conditioner uses? If you’re like most Austin homeowners, the answer is probably no. But as we close out 2019 and head into 2020, this little piece of info can make a big difference. An older refrigerant called R22 (sometimes called Freon®) is a part of a federally regulated phaseout. 

What does that mean to you? HVAC repairs may get way more expensive.

Older air conditioning systems use R-22, while newer systems use R-410A. If your air conditioner is over the age of eight, there’s a good chance you have R22. 

But why is R22 being phased out? Well, the U.S. EPA found that R-22 depletes the ozone layer protecting the earth. So, beginning in January 2020, refrigerant suppliers cannot produce or sell R22. The only Freon available will be recovered, recycled, or reclaimed supplies. 

We’ve been preparing for this change for quite some time. And although we’ve stocked up on R-22 refrigerant now, that supply could be quickly depleted.

Check out our video to learn more about what you can do to prepare for the upcoming R22 phaseout, then give us a call to discuss your options: (512) 866-9821

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