Your AC equipment uses a chemical refrigerant to shift warmth within your residence outside. This makes your home chilled and relaxing. The type of refrigerant used in your house’s air conditioner has changed several times over the years, keeping up with technological breakthroughs and environmental concerns.
All new home AC units have R410a, also referred to as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually no longer be made. This is due to a continued concentration on limiting substances known to have an effect on the environment.
To understand the “why” behind air conditioning regulation, it’s helpful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million residences in the U.S. have air conditioning, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But it’s not really the air conditioning system itself, or even its cooling capacity.
The main problem is the refrigerant these systems use to make the cooling we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your system was installed after January 1, 2010, it probably has R410a. And there’s an extended amount of time for you to get prepared for the phaseout. So, it’s not an issue you should be bothered about during this time.
Plans and dates have been fixed for commercial cooling systems. But the start of the phaseout for residential air conditioning systems hasn’t yet been determined. However, the phaseout could commence around 2024 and take 10 years to end.
At that time, you may need to get a new your system anyway, as the ordinary life cycle for an air conditioning system is often 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This compound isn’t being created currently, but there are still many residential cooling systems that use R22. If you have to have service, it can be very expensive as only recovered and recycled refrigerant is accessible.
Most of the time, we propose installing a new your system because of the rising costs of keeping up a cooling system with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be gaining a more energy-efficient system.
Reach our Experts at 727-219-2471 now and we’ll help you begin locating an updated solution.
How Do I Find Out What Kind Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re not sure what kind of refrigerant your AC runs on, you can locate its nameplate. This piece is usually situated on the outdoor condenser. Or you can check your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t come across it, contact us at 727-219-2471 and our Experts can assist you.
Why are Refrigerants Damaging to the Environment?
Older formulas of refrigerants can harm the ozone and cause climate change. Here’s a brief look at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have used R22, or Freon, for many decades. Testing found it was damaging to the environment and ozone, so creation permanently ended on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the substitute for R22. It’s what you’ll see in all new air conditioners now.
What Should I Do in the Interim?
If your AC is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a good time to start prepping for this purchase.
We know that replacing your system can be a considerable expense. That’s why we provide our exclusive Advantage Program™ in addition to financing, With our Advantage Program, you can receive a modern, high-efficiency system for merely one small monthly payment. And enjoy maintenance, repairs and parts at no added expense.*
Call us at 727-219-2471 to set up an appointment right away. We’ll go over your budget and needs to help you locate the right comfort solution for your home.