R22 Refrigerant Illegal in Tampa - Why and When

R22 Refrigerant Illegal in Tampa - Why and When

If you have an air conditioning system installed before 2003, it more than likely uses R22 Refrigerant to cool your air. Unfortunately this refrigerant is harmful to the environment and the manufacture, import, and sale of R22 refrigerant will be illegal in Tampa Florida on January 1st, 2020.

Here is important information Tampa Florida residents need to know about the R22 refrigerant phase out:

Has your air conditioning unit been struggling all summer because it needs a refrigerant recharge? Or perhaps you have a refrigerant leak that needs fixing? If so, you are probably trying to determine how much longer you can get by before you need to invest in a new air conditioning system. Now that cooler weather is here, you have some time to decide and plan what course of action will work best for your budget. One important factor that should be used in making your decision is when does R22 refrigerant become illegal?

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When will R22 refrigerant become illegal in Tampa, Florida?

If you are here reading this article, it’s more than likely that you know that R22 refrigerant (trade name Freon) is quickly being phased out worldwide because of harmful effects to the Earth’s ozone layer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set the official date when R22 refrigerant will become illegal as January 1, 2020.  After this date, R22 refrigerant can no longer be manufactured, imported, or sold in Tampa and the rest of the United States.

With R22 refrigerant soon to be illegal, what does this deadline mean for Tampa?

For Tampa residents that have an air conditioning system manufactured before 2004, it’s likely that it uses R22 refrigerant to cool the air in your home or office. After January 1, 2020, AC systems that use R22 will become obsolete, and can no longer be repaired when the repair requires adding refrigerant to the system. Other than small electrical related issues, most all air conditioning repairs require recharging the refrigerant. Thus, Tampa residents will find fixing most AC systems manufactured before 2004 will be illegal and no longer be possible.

What options do R22 system owners in Tampa have right now?

The owners of R22 air conditioning systems in Tampa have 3 choices before this refrigerant becomes illegal:

  1. Wait and do nothing until your system breaks down beyond repair.
  2. Convert your R22 system to the currently used refrigerant
  3. Replace your existing air conditioning system proactively before the cut of date.

Why some options won’t work for everyone

Unfortunately, not all of these options are going to work for everyone. For starters, in many cases, retrofitting or converting a R22 refrigerant system might not be economically feasible or technically possible. Conversion to the new refrigerant will require a complete inspection of your air conditioning system by a professional first. If either the manufacturer offers a retrofit or there are parts available from 3rd party companies, the cost of these parts, the cost of labor for the conversion, and the lifespan of your HVAC system should be used to determine whether it’s smarter to replace or convert.

Tampa residents can deduct the entire cost of replacing your entire Air Conditioning System and Installation

Replacing the entire air conditioning system in your home or business will be huge expense to most home and commercial Tampa residents.

However, there is a new tax rule that allows both residential and commercial customers to deduct the entire cost of both installation labor and equipment costs. There is no doubt that this tax incentive will save you a lot of money, but this savings can only be exercised if you complete your new HVAC installation before the end of the year 2019.

Don’t wait for an air conditioning emergency before deciding to replace

The cost of replacing your air conditioning system is bad enough, even when you plan for it. However, as the deadline to R22 refrigerants official end continues to to decrease, you are certainly about to find getting a replacement quickly is going to be difficult as well.

Professional air conditioning installation experts in Tampa like AM Aire expect to be extremely busy in 2019 with new installations. This means if your air conditioning needs replacement during Tampa’s long, hot, summer months, you might have to wait several weeks or months. All Tampa residents know that it is virtually impossible to survive in the summer heat for more than a few days without air conditioning. Avoid the stress of waiting until it’s too late, and avoid the installation price gouging that is likely to take place from dishonest AC contractors who will take advantage of you when your in this bad situation.

AM Aire offers 12 month, no interest financing + $150 off on installation of new Trane air conditioning systems before the December 31st 2019

In addition to a complete tax deduction of the installation and equipment cost by the IRS, Am Aire is also here to help easy the burden and costs of air conditioning replacement.

AM Aire will offer 12 month, no interest financing to those who qualify for new Trane HVAC systems plus an additional $150 off on labor if you schedule before the end of 2019.

Again we want to stress, that as the end of 2019 get’s closer, there is likely hood that replacement scheduling time will increase so don’t wait to long before contacting us to take advantage of our special offer.


Contact AM Aire in Tampa Florida for a Free New Air Conditioning System Installation Consultation Today!

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AM Aire offers 12 month no interest financing of parts and new equipment.

Your free new air conditioning consultation will include:

  • 90- to 120-minute professional estimate
  • We will conduct a full engineering analysis of your home or business and your existing equipment
  • Our specialists use the latest technology to perform a manual J load calculation for proper equipment sizing
  • We will inspect your duct system to ensure any issues are addressed
  • We will provide you with a proposal detailing the complete scope of work including equipment and labor
  • All AC installation experts are factory trained in the latest technologies and installation practices
  • All AM Air employees are background checked and drug screened.

Contact AM Aire Today! You can call us at 727.331.9539 or Schedule Online.