Your AC system uses a chemical refrigerant to move humidity within your residence outside. This makes your house chilly and comfy. The model of refrigerant used in your home’s air conditioner has switched several times as time has passed, following innovative advancements and environmental considerations.
All modern home AC units have R410a, also called as Puron. But this refrigerant will subsequently be phased out. This is due to a continued attention on limiting substances known to affect the environment.
To learn the “why” that drives AC restrictions, it’s helpful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million residences in the USA have air conditioning, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But it’s not actually the air conditioning system itself, or even its cooling capabilities.
The issue in question is the refrigerant these systems use to make the comfort we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your equipment was put in after January 1, 2010, it probably runs on R410a. And there’s an extended amount of time for you to get ready for the phaseout. So, it’s not something you should be concerned about now.
Recommendations and schedules have been set for commercial HVAC equipment. But the starting point of the phaseout for residential air conditioning systems hasn’t yet been determined. However, the phaseout could start around 2024 and take 10 years to complete.
At that date, you might need to replace your system regardless, because the ordinary life expectancy for a cooling system is often 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This chemical isn’t being made anymore, but there are still a lot of residential AC systems using R22. If you have to get repairs, it can be very pricey since only reclaimed and recycled refrigerant is attainable.
Most of the time, we recommend getting a new your system as a result of the increasing costs of keeping up a cooling system with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be receiving an enhanced energy-efficient system.
Call our Experts at 318-588-8163 today and we’ll help you start finding a modern system.
How Do I Determine Which Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re not sure what variety of refrigerant your air conditioning runs on, you can locate its plate. This piece is usually located on the exterior condenser. Or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
If you’re unable to find it, contact us at 318-588-8163 and our pros can assist you.
Why are Refrigerants Hurtful 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 on R22, or Freon, for a long time. Testing discovered it was damaging to the atmosphere and ozone, so production permanently stopped on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the substitute for R22. It’s what you’ll discover in all new air conditioning systems currently.
What Should I Do in the Meantime?
If your air conditioner is near (or older than) 15 years, now’s a great time to start planning for this purchase.
We know that buying a new 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 have a new, high-efficiency system for merely one small monthly payment. And enjoy maintenance, repairs and parts at no additional price.*
Get in touch with us at 318-588-8163 to set up an appointment today. We’ll talk through your budget and needs to help you pick the best comfort solution for your home.