United States EPA: R-22 (Freon) is Officially Canceled

By the year 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to completely eliminate R-22 (Freon) a common, previously-inexpensive air conditioning refrigerant, from all operating AC systems nationwide. American homeowners must choose between upgrading their systems to newer models that are compatible with the updated standard refrigerant, R-410A, or keeping their old AC systems and dealing with rapidly rising R-22 Freon prices as the phase-out races towards its culmination in 2020. 

Why the EPA Canceled R-22

R-22 is cheap to produce and it keeps homes cool and comfortable, but its emissions destroy our ozone layer and contribute to global warming. In other words, R-22 may keep our homes cool, but it’s making our planet hotter and ruining the environment. If you really think about it, it sort of ends up being more costly in the end. That’s why it’s no longer legal to produce or sell new batches of R-22 — the endangered refrigerant is only available through after-market sales now, meaning any product you buy from this point forward was likely extracted from an old, salvaged AC system.

What this Means for American Homeowners

If you have an old AC system that’s only compatible with R-22, don’t panic just yet. Homeowners who don’t want to move on to a new system will be grandfathered by the old rules temporarily while after-market Freon is still available. But beware of the shrinking supply and rising cost of R-22 Freon in the U.S., as the harmful refrigerant’s main selling point in the first place was always its abundance and affordability. 

You can hold off for now if you must, just know that it’s only a matter of time before you will have no choice but to upgrade your AC system. New Jersey homeowners who are ready to make the switch to a modern, EPA-compliant air conditioning installation in Cape May County should turn to the elite team of cooling experts at Hutchinson.

Why You Should Ask Hutchinson HVAC to Install a More Practical AC System Now

Hutchinson has provided elite plumbing, heating, and air conditioner maintenance to Cape May County homeowners and residents throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware since 1948. We are a family-owned business driven by a passion for keeping homes comfortable year round while doing everything we can to preserve the one home we all share: Planet Earth. 

So, if you’re ready to say “be gone” to Freon, let us help you move on — call us for help finding an efficient, EPA-compliant air conditioning system!