Upgrading Your AC Before Freon Supplies Vanish into Thin Air

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If your HVAC uses freon, it’s time to think about a replacement. Luckily, the Roanoke air conditioning experts at Southern Trust Home Services are here to help. 

You might be thinking, “What’s wrong with my air conditioner?” Right now, the answer may well be nothing. But if it springs a refrigerant leak, you can no longer have your Freon refilled. 

Why is All the Freon Gone?

All the way back in 2010, the U.S. government passed a law leading to a phase-out of Freon, or R-22 refrigerant, culminating in a final ban in 2020. While it made headlines then, we’re concerned many homeowners still using Freon may be unaware that the ban has taken effect. 

While you can still buy R-22 refrigerant from some home service technicians and companies that have stockpiled it, new supplies won’t be manufactured or imported. That means the price for a refill will only continue to climb as those supplies dwindle. As a homeowner, the best option may be an HVAC unit replacement. 

Can’t I Use Other Refrigerants? Why do I Need Freon? 

While there are some refrigerants that are interchangeable, Freon is in a class of its own. Because it can be used at such low pressures compared to other options, the equipment that uses it isn’t engineered to withstand the requirements of modern alternatives. Most home service techs won’t refill a system designed for R-22 with another gas or may provide upgrade packages that might be more expensive, and less reliable, than simply installing a new unit. 

At Southern Trust, we believe in simply telling you the truth: If your Freon-based HVAC system breaks down, you’re better off having it replaced. Modern units are more efficient can be maintained with modern, inexpensive refrigerants. If you’re experiencing issues with an old HVAC unit, give Southern Trust Home Services a call at 540-343-4348 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what options are available. 

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