New Freon ruling to cause higher prices for AC maintenance

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- With the recent Bluegrass heat, many people have had their air conditioners on full blast, but individuals with AC units that require Freon could be in for an unpleasant surprise.

The Environmental Protection Agency will prohibit the use of Freon in AC units by the year 2020. This means that people with older units that require Freon will see prices rise and inventory fall until Freon no longer exists.

Bret Melrose, the CEO of Fayette Heating and Air, says that as time continues to get closer to 2020 people may have to begin upgrading their units.

"It's going to get, even in the next 3,4,5 years you're going to start seeing more and more of these systems where you can't add Freon because we won't be able to get it."

Melrose now also says that looking ahead could save you on some bucks for the future.

"Planning is everything because this is the most expensive appliance you have in your home. You can buy a refrigerator; you can buy a TV, you can buy anything else. But when you buy a heating and air conditioning system, you're looking at like I said six to ten thousand dollars depending on what size it is."

Melrose also says a tip to keep the summer heat down is to vent your attic. This will allow heat to escape instead of creating another hot element in your home.

Most heating and cooling companies will still repair units that require Freon until units are no longer made requiring them, or until Freon inventory is gone.

One HVAC contractor spoke to WKYT and said there are other alternatives to Freon that can be used in units. The contractor said that is an option for people who cannot completely replace the unit.

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