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R-22 Refrigerant Banned?

A/C Technician: "Your A/C system has a leak and is very low on Freon (R-22)."

You: "OK, fill it back up like we did last year please."

A/C Technician: "Unfortunately your system uses the old refrigerant referred to as R-22 and as of January 1st, 2020 it will be banned. You are going to need to replace your entire system."

Have you had this conversation with your A/C technician or know a neighbor who has?

As of January 1st, 2020, production and the importation of R-22 Refrigerant will be illegal in the United States. If your system was built or installed prior to 2010 it is most likely an R-22 system. Don't Panic! You can still use your existing Air Conditioning unit that runs on R-22 for many years to come.

R-22 will still be available in limited and diminishing quantities as the supply is used to repair older units. If your system develops or has had a slow leak you will likely begin to see higher and higher service costs as the supply of R-22 dwindles.

What Options Do I Have?

There are currently replacement or "Drop-In" refrigerant you can use in your older A/C to keep it going. These drop-in replacements require modification to most systems and special processes to be installed properly. If your technician is not experienced or does not follow proper procedure it can possibly void your factory warranty. The up-front costs of the replacement refrigerants can be rather expensive as well.

New A/C systems run on a refrigerant referred to as R410a. This refrigerant can not be installed in an existing R-22 Air Conditioning unit. If installed in the incorrect unit R410a can damage the system and cause it to not work properly if at all.

If you decide to replace your central air conditioning system, Expedition Heating and Air has many great financing plans to assist you with the transition. Once installed a new central heating and air conditioning system will provide you with years of worry-free operation due to the standard 10-year warranty when registered.

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