Now’s the Time to Replace AC Systems that Use R-22
If your AC unit was made before 2010, or if you’re experiencing problems with your refrigerant, then McDonough, GA residents should probably plan on AC replacement some time soon. Here’s why.
The Phase-Out of R-22
Air conditioners manufactured before 2010 used R-22 as the refrigerant. R-22 depletes the ozone layer, so in the late 1980s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined an international agreement to phase out its use. Starting in 2010, the EPA banned manufacturers from using R-22 in new AC units and continually reduced its production and import. All production and import of R-22 are banned beginning on Jan. 1, 2020.
What Does The Phase-Out Mean to You?
Due to the production and import reductions over the past 10 years, R-22 has become scarce. As a result, costs have steadily risen. With the total elimination of production and import in 2020, supplies will become even more limited. The only R-22 available for refrigerant leak repairs will be through recycled or stockpiled supplies. If your air conditioner already has a leak or develops a leak — and the chances are high that it will the older it gets — repair will become more costly and difficult.
Now Is the Time for Replacement
With phase-out repercussions coming to a head, now is the smart time to replace your R-22 AC unit. We realize that replacing your AC system is a significant investment, but in the long run, it could be more cost-effective than delaying the inevitable. By acting now, homeowners can avoid the price hikes and service delays caused by last-minute demand. Business owners can take advantage of a special 179 deduction for 2019 that allows them to deduct the full purchase price of their investment now rather than spreading it out for years.
If you have questions about the R-22 phase-out, call (678) 210-3851. We stand behind the AC replacement services we offer at Jones Climate Control with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.