Your old AC unit may not only be sucking up your money, but it could soon cost even more!
If your home was built before 1999, chances are that you have an AC system that uses FREON. FREON was recently classified as an environmental hazard by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and as such, will no longer be relevant!
What is FREON and Why is it Being Phased Out?
FREON is an AC component. It is a refrigerant known commercially as R-22. Due to being a chemical substance that depletes the ozone layer of the atmosphere, FREON was classified as an environmental hazard by the EPA.
After January 1st, 2020, HVAC manufacturers will be prohibited from producing and installing new HCFC-22 appliances that rely on FREON. Although you may continue to use your current AC unit that uses FREON.
This is important information because if your old AC unit requires maintenance, a technician will need to special order parts from manufactures that still have FREON available–which will ultimately cost you more money.
Why Should I Replace My Old AC Unit?
While you may continue to use your old AC system, it’s better that you replace it.
As time goes on, the number of available FREON will be depleted, meaning other components must be used in its place to avoid replacing the entire AC unit.
The issue is that substitute refrigerants may not work with your AC system, causing damage that will require even more repair or a replacement of the entire unit.
Rather than spend money fixing an outdated that may be environmentally hazard, consider replacing the entire unit. If you ever decide to sell your home, or are in the midst of selling, interested buyers may likely want to know what AC and heating system is currently in place.
If you’re looking to replace your AC unit, there are many factors to consider. Keep in mind the brand of your air conditioner, as top brands typically last longer and require less repair. Not to mention, the top brands also come with longer warranties–up to 10 years!
Make sure to do copious amounts of research before making a final purchase decision, as the average lifespan of an AC unit is 15 to 20 years.