Freon is Being Phased Out in the United States

July 30, 2019 12:00 am

Three air conditioners outside of a homeAside from when they have to pay their monthly energy bill, most people give little thought to what is flowing through their air conditioning unit to keep their home cooled during the hot summer months. However, a lot of homeowners will want to know that Freon — the common coolant in air conditioners and refrigerators manufactured before 2010 — is being phased out beginning in 2020. As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reduce ozone-depleting substances, importing and manufacturing of Freon will be banned in the United States effective January 1, 2020.

So, what does this mean for homeowners with appliances using Freon? Until the supply runs out in the U.S., Freon can still be used to service units that require it. In some cases, units can be retrofitted to run approved coolants instead of replacing the entire unit, but this practice is prohibited by some manufacturers. If you think your unit can be retrofitted or may need to be replaced, contact a local HVAC expert.

To determine if your air conditioning unit requires Freon, check the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website. To determine if your refrigerator uses Freon, find the information on the manufacturer’s data plate or a sticker near the condenser.

To learn more about refrigerants and the Freon ban, click here.