The new year is only 6 months away, and with the new year comes some big changes to your HVAC system. Its time we take a look at your AC and its contents before its too late. Every AC contains some type of refrigerant which helps it cool your home. For many years the most common type used was R-22 or, Freon. In the 1970’s it was discovered that certain types of refrigerants, including Freon, were depleting the Earth’s ozone layer. As a result, the Montreal Protocol came about, and the reign of Freon will officially come to an end at the end of this year.
What is the Montreal Protocol?
The Montreal Protocol was finalized in 1987, it is a global agreement that protects the stratospheric ozone layer. This means, we’re phasing out the production and consumption of substances that have been poking holes in our ozone. The United States ratified this protocol in 1988 and has been a leader within throughout its existence. The ozone is so important in that it filters out harmful ultraviolet radiation. Without it we are subject to an increased prevalence of skin cancer, cataracts, reduced agricultural productivity and the disruption of marine ecosystems. With this protocol going into full effect, we are taking one giant step towards bettering our planet.
Whats in your unit?
If your AC was manufactured before January 1, 2010, it probably uses R-22. If you’re unsure about when your unit was manufactured, you can take a look at the units nameplate. The nameplate is typically located on the outdoor condenser. If you’re still unsure, give us a call we’d be happy to help you.
Though you will not have to stop using your AC if it contains R-22, the availability of parts and refrigerant will be limited and costly. It is best to consider a new AC or begin preparation for this change before running into a problem. We have trained our technicians to check for any issue large or small that may occur in the future during routine maintenance appointments. We want you to have the time to prepare for potential issues. As well has have as much knowledge as possible about your unit in terms you understand.
Due to the sale and distribution of R-22 becoming completely phased out at the end of this year, parts for units that contain it will become limited. This means that the cost for repair will jump. Ask your technician during your maintenance appointment about what phase out plan is right for you. Some things you may want to consider are: sticking with the unit you have until you are forced to make the change, consider R-22 replacement options, or replace your unit entirely.
How can we help you?
We understand that this may be all new information, because of this we are offering a number of specials on financing a new unit, as well as discounts. Talk with your technician, or give our office a call. We’re always here for you.