Does your home have some type of air conditioning? If so, you should be aware of a regulatory deadline that could impact your ability to repair it in the future, or even require a full system replacement. The problem is with the ozone-depleting refrigerant chlorodifluoromethane, also known as Freon.
The most common version of Freon in recent years is known as R-22. Due to updated environmental regulations, domestic chemical manufacturers cannot produce new R-22 and it may not be imported. Remaining supplies of new R-22 may be used to maintain existing equipment. However, after 2020 – in less than three years, only recycled, reclaimed, or previously produced R-22 may be used. So where does that leave you? The short answer is: it depends.
There are several important factors that will ultimately determine your course of action. As a provider of air conditioner systems and service in the Charlotte area for the past 46 years, we want our neighbors to understand their options. First, let’s answer a few clarifying questions.