As of January 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency has officially mandated the banning and phase-out of the production of Freon from commercial and residential appliances. Moreover, this means the appliances that require Freon to function will also become costly to use, and will eventually, turn obsolete. Therefore, replacing your home or business’ current appliances with ones manufactured with the new R410 are a necessity.
We at Argent Heating and Cooling are dedicated to helping our customers learn about their heating and cooling systems in order to maintain their efficiency and avoid issues for as long as possible. As the top provider of quality A.C. maintenance services in the Washington D.C. Metro area, we have helped restore, repair, and install numerous businesses and homes with efficient heating and cooling systems at affordable rates.
Below, we discuss the various aspects going into the current Freon phase-out and the best ways for you to deal with it:
Firstly, here’s a list of the most common home appliances that utilize Freon, also known as chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs:
- Air-Conditioning Units
- Water Coolers
It’s especially important for homeowners with houses built before 1995 to check if their current systems are outdated and require Freon. If you aren’t sure how to properly check your appliances, call our team and allow us to assist you!
Why Should I Get Rid Of My Appliances?
This federally-mandated phase-out is occurring due to the United States’s participation in the 1987 Montreal Protocol and the Clean Air Act. This promotes the protection of the ozone layer through the gradual decrease in production and importation ban of any Ozone Deteriorating Substances, which includes Freon.
Not only is Freon dangerous to our planet’s atmosphere, it is also a harmful greenhouse gas. As our Argent Heating & Cooling experts want to help you easily transition through this phase-out, here’s what you can do with your current appliances that use Freon:
What To Do With Your Appliances
Deliver Appliance to Your Local Municipal Waste Facility
A more straightforward approach is to have your appliance uninstalled by a trustworthy A.C. maintenance services technician, then have it delivered to your local waste facility.
More often than not, they will have areas dedicated to dumping or recycling old home and commercial appliances, where you can leave and responsibly get rid of your outdated heating and cooling systems.
The best thing to do, if your heating and cooling system is outdated, is replace your current appliances with a newer model that utilizes Freon-alternative refrigerants such as R410.
Purchasing and having one installed through a cost-effective A.C. maintenance services provider will ensure you get the newest and most affordable system possible.
Retrofit Your Appliance Using Alternatives
Finally, it is also possible to retrofit your current system so that it uses alternative refrigerants other than Freon. However, this option can cause potential issues, the best being that your appliance won’t work as efficiently as it did before, and the worst being that it will no longer function.
Our advice is to work with a cooling system specialist who will discuss each of your options and ensure you pick the best one for your home or business.
Argent Heating & Cooling: The Leading A.C. Maintenance Services Company in Washington D.C. Metro Area
As each industry changes to ensure greater efficiency and reduce negative environmental effects, countless homeowners and businesses will be required to make changes themselves. This even includes the heating and cooling systems we have consistently used for years at a time. To check if your system requires changes or if it complies with the latest regulations, call Argent Heating & Cooling.
We provide the best indoor air evaluations, efficient heating and cooling solutions, and excellent A.C. maintenance services for customers throughout Washington D.C. Metro area. With 150 years of total experience and a team of fully-trained, highly-certified technicians, our business is willing and able to provide high-quality HVAC as well as other related services for your convenience.
Contact us at (703) 281-6300 to schedule an appointment with our team and get a free estimate on one of our services.