Refrigerant Ban Could Force Homeowners to Replace Air Conditioners
As of January 1, 2020, ac units that require
R-22 Freon will start becoming obsolete due to a ban on manufacturing and importing the chemical. Global leaders decided to phase out its use and production in order to protect the earth's ozone layer.
The move to ban R-22 will reduce supplies and cause prices to rise; "A lot of people are going to find themselves in a position to where it is cost prohibitive to put refrigerant back into the system". Anyone who has had to recharge R-22 because of a leak in their unit might want to start planning and budgeting to replace the air conditioner; For those people, its a given that
R-22 is going to leak again.
The average homeowner can expect to pay between $2500 and $4700 for a new central air unit, depending on the size of the home and the energy efficiency of the unit.
Chicago Tribune l Naperville Sun