Have you heard the news? The EPA banned the production and import of freon effective Jan. 1, 2020, and while that’s great news for the environment, it could mean that unwary homeowners feel some heat this summer.
If your Brooklyn air conditioning system still uses freon, also known as the hydrochlorofluorocarbons HCFC-22 (R-22) and HCFC-142b, it could be more difficult and expensive to service and repair in case of a breakdown. Here are some suggestions to help free you from freon.
Many homeowners might not be sure if their air conditioning systems use freon or not. But it’s safe to say that if your system is more than 10 years old, it uses the banned refrigerants. If you’re not sure, or if you’re not quite ready to replace your system, a good way to get the facts is to call your Brooklyn air conditioning experts for maintenance.
The technician that visits your home will do an inspection and let you know if you’re in danger of a breakdown. They can also tell you if your system uses freon so you can make plans to replace it down the road.
Another way to make sure you stay cool this summer is to go ahead and upgrade your air conditioner to a system that doesn’t use freon. The average lifespan of an air conditioner is around 12-15 years, so if your system is older, it’s probably time to look at an upgrade.
A new, modern system will be more efficient and can save you money on utility bills going forward. And some solutions like ductless mini-splits are quick and easy to install.
At Petri Plumbing & Heating, we want all our Brooklyn neighbors to stay cool indoors this summer. If you have questions about the freon ban, want to upgrade your air conditioning system, or want to schedule maintenance, just call us at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri Plumbing online.