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 area to another. Known as R-22 from the heating, cooling, and refrigeration industry, Freon has been used for many 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 own an old air conditioner, continue reading to learn about the Freon phase out and how it affects your house’s heating and cooling.
Freon Phase Out
World-wide environmental protection agencies commissioned 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 were able to make an eco-friendly replacement for R-22 called R-410A, better called 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 completely phased-out and no more available.
Since Freon is being phased out, the market supply has dropped radically. It follows that Freon is difficult to discover and very costly. Recharging your HVAC system will be both tedious and expensive for another 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 as soon as possible. Not only will it lower energy bills and maintenance costs, it will be much safer for the environment!
Don’t waste your time repairing coolant leaks or mechanical problems in 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 need 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, do not throw your old AC from the garbage. Not only is this highly dangerous and illegal, but it is a waste of perfectly good money. That’s because you can sell your old appliances to a scrap metal buyer and make a quick cash profit. Before you sell your air conditioner to a scrap metal yard, it is important to first learn 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 your 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 could accept them. Check with your local scrap metal buyer to see what their needs are for scrapping an old air conditioner. You could also look for Responsible Appliance Repair (RAD) organizations in your area if you want to eliminate it without selling it to a scrap metal buyer.