Your AC system uses a chemical refrigerant to shift warmth within your residence outside. This makes your home chilly and comfy. The kind of refrigerant used in residential air conditioner has changed a couple of times as time has passed, keeping up with technology advances and environmental considerations.
All new home air conditioners have R410a, also known as Puron. But this refrigerant will subsequently be phased out. This is because of a continued focus on limiting compounds known to affect the environment.
To understand the “why” that causes air conditioning restrictions, it helps to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million residences in the USA have cooling systems, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But it’s not so much the air conditioning system itself, or even its cooling functions.
The main issue is the refrigerant these systems use to make the cooling we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your equipment was connected after January 1, 2010, it likely has 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 immediately.
Strategies and timetables have been determined for commercial HVAC systems. But the start of the phaseout for residential air conditioning systems hasn’t yet been set. However, the phaseout could begin around 2024 and take 10 years to complete.
By that time, you could need to buy a new your unit anyway, because the ordinary life span for a cooling system is often 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This chemical isn’t being made right now, but there are still many residential AC systems that have R22. If you have to get repairs, it can be very expensive as only recovered and recycled refrigerant is available.
Most of the time, we propose upgrading your equipment because of the growing expenses of maintaining an AC unit with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be gaining a better energy-efficient solution.
Give our Experts a call at 918-212-8927 today and we’ll help you begin finding a new model.
How Do I Determine What Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re unsure what kind of refrigerant your air conditioner uses, you can find its nameplate. This piece is usually found on the outdoor condenser. Or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t come across it, contact us at 918-212-8927 and our Experts can help.
Why are Refrigerants Damaging to the Environment?
Older types of refrigerants can harm the ozone and lead to climate change. Here’s a brief look at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have run with R22, or Freon, for many decades. Researchers discovered it was detrimental to the atmosphere and ozone, so production permanently ended on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the substitute for R22. It’s what you’ll see in all new air conditioning systems currently.
What Should I Do in the Interim?
If your AC is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a good time to begin preparing for this purchase.
We get that getting a new system can be a major expense. That’s why we have our exclusive Advantage Program™ plus financing, With our Advantage Program, you can have a modern, high-efficiency system for only one small monthly payment. And receive maintenance, repairs and parts at no added cost.*
Contact us at 918-212-8927 to schedule an appointment today. We’ll talk through your budget and needs to help you select the right comfort system for your residence.