By now, you may have heard about the R-22 phase-out. You may also be aware that this refrigerant is going to become illegal to import or produce in the U.S. next year. If you have an older system that’s going to be affected by the phase-out, read on to find out about your AC replacement options in Palatine, IL.
Understanding the Phase-Out
R-22 has been banned for use in new units in the U.S. since 2010 because it contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer. However, manufacturers have still been allowed to produce limited amounts to service existing systems.
Beginning on January 1, 2020, U.S. companies will no longer be allowed to produce or import R-22 at all. Any repairs to existing systems that require a refrigerant recharge will have to use limited amounts of stockpiled or recovered R-22, which will drive up the price. While these systems won’t immediately stop working, certain repairs are going to become much more difficult and expensive because of the phase-out.
Do You Need AC Replacement?
The short answer is that yes, you will need to replace your air conditioner in the not-too-distant future. At this point, we’re talking about systems that are already a decade old and close to the end of their useful lifespan anyway. While your old system could become prohibitively expensive to service when it needs a recharge, a new system will be more efficient and reliable. You can stick with your old system for no, but with every passing year the numbers are going to be more and more in favor of an upgrade.
That being said, you don’t have to panic. Older systems will continue to work and there will still be options to service them. AC replacement is a major investment in your home. While the phase-out will be added motivation to invest in an upgrade, we advise you to take your time and work with an experienced HVAC professional to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth. For more information, check out our air conditioning solutions or call 847-637-5287.