When the Freon Isn't Free Any More...

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Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

 Choice Home Warranty has offered us some words of wisdom about the phasing out of Freeon used in Air Conditioning Systems....You don't want to be caught in hot muggy weather with no relief inside your home.

Here is a great article we thought everyone would appreciate. Freon is being phased out...so this is a Be Prepared Post !

 

ac repairThe R-22 final phase out is fast approaching. R-22, also known as freon, is the old standard refrigerant for residential air conditioning units. Production of R-22 will end on January 1, 2020, but they will be recycling and selling refined R-22 refrigerant until 2030 or until the surplus is depleted.

You may have heard a lot of noise about R-22 this year, since production in 2019 was mandated to drop 55% from last year. As a homeowner, contractor, facilities manager, or business owner, you are going to need to make some decisions about your outdated HVAC system before the 2020 deadline. Here are some things you will need to consider.

If Your AC Breaks Down, Expect Long Waits & Inflated Prices

If your R-22 air conditioning unit breaks this summer, you might be without AC for a while. With the 2020 deadline imminent, there’s a lot of demand for replacement and repair this year. Will you be able to get by if your unit breaks down in the middle of a heatwave? Many people are likely to be in the same situation. Additionally, the costs of freon have skyrocketed this year as its availability wanes. If your repair requires R-22, you should expect to pay a steep price to recharge it in an emergency, and a long wait for installation.

Retrofitting Might Be an Option

By replacing the outdoor system only while leaving the indoor part, your R-22 unit can be converted to R410-A; however, this solution will only be available for certain air conditioning units. To see if this is possible, you will need an inspection from an HVAC expert to learn more about the technical limitations of your unit.HVAC ContractorHowever, if you’re already having issues with your system, the costs of retrofitting may not be worth the trouble. Again, consult an HVAC technician you trust to see if this is a good option for you.

Buy a New System

If you can afford the upfront price, replacing your entire unit is probably the safest and most cost-effective option in the long run. This will help you get ahead of any unforeseen issues, and reduce your risk of an emergency repair or replacement down the road. Speak with an expert to help you research and decide the best replacement plan for your needs.

  This has been a pro active home maintenance post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty, LLC honored to be of service for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Sally and David,

Sound advice for an area like yours that depends on AC during the summer months..  And I would definitely get a new system, if we needed it.  I dislike Band-Air solutions.  In the long run they are more costly than a new unit.  A

Aug 20, 2019 09:59 AM #1
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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This could be scary for some if they still have older systems and can't get a quick an expensive fix.  They might have to purchase a new AC unit.

Aug 20, 2019 11:53 AM #2
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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You will almost certainly not be able to replace the exterior compressor without also replacing the indoor system.  The old indoor cannot be compatible with a new outdoor.

R410-A has been around since 1991 and compressors using freon were discontinued in 2010.  For those who have units that need freon it will be expensive but available for some time to come. 

They stopped with the freon compressors to save the planet.  Anyone believing that should call me because I have lots of things to sell them...

Aug 20, 2019 12:22 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Mmm...to some people Jay Markanich that would mean taking down walls and duct work...a part of "the system"...careful what phone calls you wish for ! :)

Aug 20, 2019 12:25 PM #4
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Sally and David- Our whole city runs on air conditioning!!!  Glad to hear from Jay Markanich His input is always welcomed. 

Aug 20, 2019 01:05 PM #5
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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Hi Sally,

I replaced my entire system in 2008, so I hope I don't have to deal with this.  I am going to have an inspection of the system soon. 

Aug 20, 2019 01:38 PM #6
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

You are fine, Sherry.  Your system meets all the most recent codes.

And freon has been expensive for some time!  Not free...

Aug 20, 2019 02:47 PM #7
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James Dray
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Morning Sally.

I knew about the change but not the deadline.  I believe we're safe for now 

Aug 21, 2019 02:05 AM #8
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Sally and David - when in comes to most things in life, it behooves each of us to be prepared.  

Aug 21, 2019 06:20 AM #9
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