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This article brought to you courtesy of Randy Preston of Honke Heating and Air Conditioning Gresham Outlook Heating and Cooling Expert.

Randy Preston

What is it and why it is going away? R-22/Freon refrigerant was deemed an environmental danger as it contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer. The U.S. government placed restrictions on the use of R-22/Freon and requires that it must be eliminated from use in heat pumps and cooling systems by 2020. R-22/Freon is no longer being used in any new air conditioning systems, however it is still being used in older equipment. There are replacement refrigerants for R-22/Freon, which are safer and meet the current compliance standards.

If your air conditioner still uses R-22/Freon, here's what you need to know: You may continue to use R-22/Freon in your existing system, however, if your system develops a leak or requires service, replacement refrigerant may be necessary.

Production of R-22/Freon will cease completely after January 1, 2020, demand of R-22/Freon will rise and become scarce, causing prices to skyrocket.

There are substitutes for R-22/Freon that may be available to use in the future if needed. This can be done by our trained NATE-certified and EPA-certified Service Technicians.

With these factors in mind, it may be more cost-effective in the long-run to upgrade your system so you do not have to worry about R-22/Freon in the future. You will be helping the environment and you will not have to worry R-22/Freon.

Call Honke Heating & Air Conditioning at (503)666-3725 for all of your questions about R-22 Freon.

Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

840 NE CLEVELAND AVE,

GRESHAM, OR 97030

503-666-3725

www.honkeheating.com

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