Your AC unit uses a chemical refrigerant to transfer heat within your house outside. This makes your home chilly and comfy. The type of refrigerant used in your house’s air conditioner has switched a couple of times over the years, keeping up with innovative advancements and environmental concerns.
All modern home AC equipment run on R410a, also referred to as Puron. But this refrigerant will consequently be discontinued. This is a result of a continuous attention on reducing chemicals known to impact the environment.
To understand the “why” that drives air conditioning restrictions, it’s useful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million houses in the United States have cooling systems, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But it’s not actually the air conditioning system itself, or even its cooling performance.
The issue in question is the refrigerant this equipment use to make the refreshing air 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 ready for the phaseout. So, it’s not an issue you should be worried about at this time.
Approaches and timetables have been fixed for commercial AC systems. But the start of the phaseout for residential cooling systems hasn’t yet been set. However, the phaseout could start around 2024 and take 10 years to complete.
At that time, you might need to buy a new your equipment anyhow, as the regular life cycle for an air conditioning system is about 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This chemical isn’t being produced right now, but there are still lots of residential AC systems that use R22. If you have to have repairs, it could be very costly since only reclaimed and recycled refrigerant is available.
In many cases, we suggest buying a new your unit because of the rising prices of keeping up an AC with R22. Plus, you’ll be getting a more energy-efficient system.
Give our Experts a call at 704-705-8135 today and we’ll help you start locating an updated unit.
How Do I Find Out Which Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re unsure what type of refrigerant your AC has, you can check its plate. This piece is typically situated on the outdoor condenser. Or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
If you’re still not able to locate it, call us at 704-705-8135 and our Experts can assist you.
Why are Refrigerants Damaging to the Environment?
Older types 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 determined it was harmful to the atmosphere and ozone, so production permanently stopped on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the substitute for R22. It’s what you’ll see in all new air conditioning systems now.
What Should I Do in the Meantime?
If your AC is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a great time to get started preparing for replacement.
We know that buying a new system can be a big 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 expense.*
Get in touch with us at 704-705-8135 to set up an appointment right away. We’ll go over your budget and needs to help you find the best comfort system for your residence.