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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I haven't really followed it but have been aware of it.  I do have an older system so will consider options when necessity dictates. 

Mar 07, 2020 05:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

The information has been available here for some time.  

Mar 07, 2020 05:36 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Home Inspectors are like a box of never know what you're gonna get

Mar 07, 2020 08:21 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Interesting Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert - I understood that it was not retro-active although it sounds like this inspector wrote it up as if it should have been?

Mar 07, 2020 05:14 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The Freon ban has been well publicized. Yours is  good reminder to watch for alarmist and over-reaching inspection reports.


Mar 07, 2020 08:25 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Is this an issue regarding EPA mandates that have been in place for OVER ten years or the inspector finding an opportunity to promote personal importance?

If it's the latter, make sure the unrepentant inspector is placed on "The List."

The list is important in regards to protecting those who hire a professional.

Mar 07, 2020 05:23 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Like many said Peter this has been around for a while. A

Mar 07, 2020 07:33 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I had not heard, should check in with my HVAC technician.

Mar 07, 2020 07:32 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Another alarmist Inspector. A jack of all trades is really a Master of None. They banned non-flourescent lightbulbs too & you see how that went. Lucky for me I have a lifetime supply of F. I'm going to be offering it at a premium on the dark web. Just kidding, I'm trying to be as dramatic as some of the people who write these things up. 

Mar 07, 2020 06:41 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I thought that this has been in effect for years for all freon from anything. Sounds alarmist.

Mar 07, 2020 06:03 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've seen many an inspector who couldn't find water if they fell out of a boat in the middle of the ocean.  I've seen them write up doorbells as not working (that were fully functional) and ding a water heater & AC install because he didn't know what part of the condensor unit was connected.

Mar 07, 2020 08:14 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Nope. I remember the original ban on freon and how they replaced it with freon II which was much more dangerous then the previous version. So what's next and how dangerous will it be? If memory serves me correctly the only reason Freon 1 was replaced was to create a lot more money for the AC folks.

Mar 07, 2020 07:06 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This would be a good blog topic for you. 

The EPA banned Freon (also known as HCFC-22 and R-22) for use in new systems back in 2010 after classifying it as an ozone-depleting substance. Through the Clean Air Act, new production and import of HCFC-22 will be banned in 2020.

The ban doesn’t mean you need to replace your HVAC unit on January 1st, but it does mean that the import and manufacturing of HCFC-22 will cease in the United States, which will lead to the existing supply dwindling. The bottom line? Eventually, your system will either have to be replaced with a newer HVAC unit that uses another source for refrigerant or in some cases, your system can be retrofitted to use an alternative source of refrigerant.

Not all HVAC units use HCFC-22 as coolant. You can check what kind of coolant your system uses by checking the sticker on the side—if it says “HCFC-22” or “R-22” you’ll need to start planning for the future of your system.


Mar 07, 2020 12:36 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

The freon ban started back in 2010. If the unit is functioning, it is not necessary to alarm potential buyers and the home inspector needs to stick to the facts rather than causing alarm.

Mar 07, 2020 12:21 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Have I kept track - no.  

Am I aware of it - yes. 

Mar 07, 2020 09:47 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

I was aware and we are replacing our system this spring.

Mar 08, 2020 01:40 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Freon? It's been banned for years in CA. Haven't thought of it or heard about it in years. No biggie, we dealt with it.

Mar 07, 2020 08:58 PM