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R22 will Be Illegal in the New Year – What You Should Know

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R22 will Be Illegal in the New Year – What You Should Know

With the New Year quickly approaching many people are starting their list of resolutions for 2020, and we have one that you can add — Replace your older HVAC system! Soon R22 refrigerant, used in certain cooling units, will be illegal to manufacture or import to the United States, causing future repairs to become more difficult and expensive. Here’s what you should know:

Why Should I Replace My Old HVAC Unit?

You may be asking yourself why you should pay to replace your older HVAC unit if it is still in working order. Well, if your air conditioning system is over 10 years old, it may use R22, which means it will soon become VERY expensive to recharge or replenish.

The US Environmental Protection Agency will make it illegal to import or manufacture R22 refrigerant (or Freon), in the U.S. as of January 1, 2020. R22, which is used in many commercial air conditioning units, has been found to have many negative effects on the planet’s ozone layer, which is why it will soon be banned.

What Are My Options?

If your unit does use R22, the best option would be to replace the system with a brand-new one. Not only is this beneficial to the environment, but it will also ensure that you aren’t left without air conditioning or heating during the wrong months. Instead, you will be able to plan and schedule your installation on your own time so you won’t have to stress about a potential crisis occurring at your business during which you are not able to repair the unit in a timely or cost-efficient manner.

If you choose not to replace your unit now, you can wait until it breaks down and pay for an expensive repair, or you can look into retrofitting your current HVAC unit. Retrofitting a unit involves converting it so that it is able to handle more efficient refrigerants so you do not have to replace the whole system. However, it may be difficult to find a service that will retrofit the unit, and some units are unable to be converted nor would it be a cost-effective option.

Why Should I Choose The Plumbing Works?

While you may be hesitant to take on the extensive endeavor and cost of replacing your HVAC system this year, a new tax rule lets you deduct the cost of the HVAC equipment and installation. If your system uses R22, now is a great time to replace it! It’s an excellent investment to upgrade to a new system BEFORE you run into issues. To help you with this decision, the Plumbing Works is offering deals and discounts that will make the transition even easier.

At The Plumbing Works, our dedicated team of professionals strive to save you time, money, and stress with our top-of-the-line services and low pricing. When you call on us for your HVAC installations or repairs in the Berks, Chester, Lancaster & Montgomery Counties, you can trust us to get the job done right the first time. Call The Plumbing Works today to discuss how we can help you! We’re happy to answer any further questions about what the R22 phase out will mean for you.