Your AC system uses a chemical refrigerant to shift heat within your home outside. This makes your house chilly and refreshing. The type of refrigerant used in your house’s air conditioner has switched a few times over the years, keeping in touch with innovative breakthroughs and environmental considerations.
All updated home air conditioners run on R410a, also called as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually be phased out. This is due to a continued attention on restricting substances known to affect the environment.
To find out the “why” behind air conditioning rules, it’s helpful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million houses in the United States have air conditioners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But it’s not so much the air conditioning system itself, or even its cooling performance.
The main problem is the refrigerant these systems have to make the refreshing air we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your system was put in after January 1, 2010, it probably has R410a. And there’s a lot of time for you to get prepared for the phaseout. So, it’s not a thing you should be bothered about during this time.
Strategies and schedules have been set for commercial HVAC units. But the start of the phaseout for residential AC systems hasn’t yet been scheduled. However, the phaseout could commence around 2024 and take 10 years to complete.
At that time, you could need to replace your equipment anyway, as the ordinary life span for an air conditioning system is about 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This chemical isn’t being created at this time, but there are still many residential cooling systems that have R22. If you need repairs, it may be very pricey as only reacquired and recycled refrigerant is available.
Most of the time, we suggest upgrading your system because of the growing expenses of maintaining an AC with R22. Plus, you’ll be getting a more energy-efficient unit.
Give our Experts a call at 352-374-6602 now and we’ll help you get started finding a new model.
How Do I Know What Kind Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re unsure what type of refrigerant your air conditioner uses, you can locate its nameplate. This piece is typically located on the exterior condenser. Or you can look in your owner’s manual.
If you’re unable to find it, reach us at 352-374-6602 and we can help.
Why are Refrigerants Damaging to the Environment?
Older formulas of refrigerants can harm the planet and contribute to climate change. Here’s a look at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have used R22, or Freon, for many decades. Scientists found it was harmful to the environment and ozone, so manufacturing permanently stopped on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the substitute 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 conditioning is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a great time to start planning for this purchase.
We know that replacing your system can be a major expense. That’s why we offer our exclusive Advantage Program™ as well as financing, With our Advantage Program, you can get an up-to-date, high-efficiency system for merely one small monthly payment. And receive maintenance, repairs and parts at no additional price.*
Reach us at 352-374-6602 to schedule an appointment right away. We’ll talk through your budget and needs to help you choose the right comfort equipment for your house.