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Are You And Your Home Warranty Ready For The R-22 (Freon) Phaseout?
Are You And Your Home Warranty Ready For The R-22 (Freon) Phaseout?The industry standard for air conditioning refrigerant since the 1950s, Freon or R-22 now faces a phaseout in the coming year. For you, a homeowner with an existing R-22 system, this might mean a higher cost for repair if needed.
Here's some background info on the R-22: Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants like R-22 simply put are gases that attract warm air from surrounding sources. A cooling effect is achieved by the R-22 with the help of HVAC coils by converting the warm air into liquid that is then released back into a gaseous state. As evidenced through the decades it's been used, R-22 proved to be an efficient refrigerant by taking less pressure to compress the warm air into liquid as well as having the highest heat absorption rate when returning to a gaseous state.
However, CFCs have been linked to the depletion of the ozone layer as early as the 1970s. The Clean Air Act of 1990 thus enacted a phaseout of R-22 and effective January 1, 2020, manufacturers can no longer produce new R-22 refrigerant or import it. By December 31, 2029, R-22 should have been replaced by either the fluorine-based ... more

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