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Changes in EPA Clean Air Act Effects on Homeowners

By now most of you have heard of the EPA;s phaseout schedule for HCFCs including R22 mandate

EPA Clean Air Act refrigerant phase out of HCFC'sEffective January 1, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency, under Title VI of the Clean Air Act, will no longer allow air conditioning equipment that uses the refrigerant R-22 (commonly known by the brand name Freon®) to be manufactured. This new mandate is designed to protect the environment from ozone depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) that can be released through leaks and improper disposal.

A new refrigerant, 410A, (commonly known by brand names like Puron®) is available and is less harmful to the ozone or environment if it leaks from an air conditioning system.

As due diligence to our clients, as Agents we need to inform buyers and sellers when we write or recommend a home warranty plan as to how this change will impact their claims via home warranties.  Learn how plan providers treat this and educate your clients BEFORE they purchase a plan.

Comment balloon 2 commentsAnn Dail • March 11 2010 11:51AM

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I didn't know about the change, but it sounds like a great idea to help our environment.  I'm sure that the cost of a new unit right now is up there, but with all other new technology, it will come down with time.

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Jim and maria,

I had a client run into problems with their home warranty not doing a repair because they had an old freon type system.  It's good to educate our clients before they buy.  Most have add on for extra cost covering a system change but there are dollar limits that won't cover complete system replacement.

Posted by Ann Dail, Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem (Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551) over 9 years ago

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