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Most folks aren't aware, and hey I wasn't really either until recently,
but part of the Clean
Air Act of 1990and Montreal Protocol
of 1996 addresses the eventual phase-out of HFCF-22 or R-22, also
commonly called freon.
Sound familiar? Yeah, that
freon, the stuff that runs our cooling systems and keeps us from going
bananas in these hot Kansas days!
Before you lose your cool (ha ha!), they are obviously replacing Freon
with something else - called R410A, which goes under trade names such
as Puron, Forane 410A, Genetron AZ-20, and so on. This is
supposed to have a less harmful impact on our environment.
1. Servicing your older A/C will become more costly as time goes on and
Freon becomes scarce, particularly in 10 years when it's no longer
2. You can't simply change out your
refrigerants from the R22 to the approved 410A, because it
requires different system components. For example if you look on
the EPA's page under the "What Does it Mean to the Consumer" section,
you'll see that retrofits are practically impossible because of the new
components required. In addition, even just replacing your A/C
won't do the job, because you'll also have to replace the Evaporator
coil inside the home as well. Cha-ching! 3. If you are planning to replace your
HVAC in the next couple of years anyway, make SURE that you are getting
the newer 410A safe units and not the remaining R22
units. This will make it easier on you down the road when R22 is
4. Keep this info in mind when buying or selling so you're prepared
when inspectors start calling this issue out in a few years. It
may be something to start asking builders about if you're building
anytime soon as well. Best case would be to get the newer
equipment in place now so that you aren't dealing with it at crunch
You may want to consider putting a
home warranty on your system that will cover the upgrade needed.
So far I've found only Old Republic
Home Warranty has come out with a statement that they will cover
the changeover of R22 units to the R410A. So consider them if
you're negotiating or offering a home warranty during your home
sale/purchase but also if you've got an older unit that may need some
watching and replacement in the next few years.
Keep an eye out for this over the years! In the short run, they
simply won't be making A/C equipment for R22 anymore, but the old ones
are still in plenty supply and will continue to be installed. The
real crunch will be as we get closer to 2020 and the word starts
getting out. You know how the public reacts to big changes!
So being prepared before the A/C wars begin will put you in a better
and calmer place, a "cooler" place if you will, while the rest of the
world fights over the remaining freon and who is going to pay for the
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.