Your AC unit uses a chemical refrigerant to shift humidity within your home outside. This makes your house cool and comfy. The type of refrigerant used in residential air conditioner has changed a couple of times as time has gone by, following technology advances and environmental considerations.
All modern home air conditioners have R410a, also known as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually be phased out. This is because of a continued attention on lowering chemicals known to impact the environment.
To learn the “why” that drives air conditioning restrictions, it’s helpful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million homes in the USA have air conditioners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But it’s not actually the air conditioning system itself, or even its cooling functions.
The issue in question is the refrigerant these systems use to produce the refreshing air we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your system was put in after January 1, 2010, it probably runs on R410a. And there’s an extended amount of time for you to prepare for the phaseout. So, it’s not something you should be concerned about now.
Plans and schedules have been fixed for commercial cooling systems. But the starting point of the phaseout for residential cooling systems hasn’t yet been determined. However, the phaseout could start around 2024 and take 10 years to complete.
By that time, you could need to replace your system anyway, as the regular life cycle for a cooling system is usually 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This compound isn’t being produced anymore, but there are still many residential cooling systems using R22. If you have to get service, it might be very costly as only reclaimed and recycled refrigerant is accessible.
Most of the time, we propose buying a new your equipment due to the rising costs of maintaining an air conditioner with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be gaining a more energy-efficient solution.
Call our Experts at 321-428-7635 now and we’ll help you start finding a new system.
How Do I Determine What Type Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re unsure what kind of refrigerant your AC has, you can look at its nameplate. This piece is usually located on the outdoor condenser. Or you can look in your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t come across it, call us at 321-428-7635 and our pros can assist you.
Why are Refrigerants Hurtful to the Environment?
Older kinds of refrigerants can hurt the environment and cause climate change. Here’s a look at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have run with R22, or Freon, for many years. Scientists found it was detrimental to the atmosphere and ozone, so creation permanently stopped on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the replacement for R22. It’s what you’ll find in all new air conditioning systems now.
What Should I Do in the Interim?
If your air conditioner is near (or older than) 15 years, now’s a fantastic time to begin prepping for replacement.
We know that buying a new system can be a considerable expense. That’s why we have our exclusive Advantage Program™ as well as financing, With our Advantage Program, you can receive a modern, high-efficiency system for just one small monthly payment. And enjoy maintenance, repairs and parts at no extra expense.*
Call us at 321-428-7635 to schedule an appointment today. We’ll go over your budget and needs to help you pick the right comfort equipment for your house.