Your AC unit uses a chemical refrigerant to transfer heat within your residence outside. This makes your house cool and comfortable. The type of refrigerant used in your house’s air conditioner has changed a few times over the years, keeping in touch with technology advances and environmental regards.
All new home air conditioners have R410a, also known as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually be discontinued. This is a result of a continued attention on lowering compounds known to impact the environment.
To find out the “why” behind AC restrictions, it’s helpful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million homes in the United States 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 capacity.
The issue in question is the refrigerant these units have to create the comfort we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your equipment was put in after January 1, 2010, it probably uses 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 worried about at this time.
Recommendations and schedules have been set for commercial cooling equipment. But the starting point of the phaseout for residential cooling systems hasn’t yet been set. However, the phaseout could commence around 2024 and take 10 years to end.
By then, you may need to buy a new your equipment regardless, since the ordinary life expectancy for a cooling system is often 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This chemical isn’t being produced at this time, but there are still a lot of residential cooling systems using R22. If you need work, it may be very costly since only recovered and recycled refrigerant is available.
A lot of the time, we propose buying a new your system due to the increasing costs of sustaining an AC with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be gaining a more energy-efficient unit.
Call our Experts at 605-223-0307 now and we’ll help you start finding a new system.
How Do I Find Out Which Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re uncertain what form of refrigerant your AC runs on, you can find its panel. This piece is usually found on the outdoor condenser. Or you can check your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t come across it, contact us at 605-223-0307 and we can help.
Why are Refrigerants Damaging to the Environment?
Older types of refrigerants can hurt the environment and cause climate change. Here’s a glance at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have run with R22, or Freon, for a long time. Scientists determined it was harmful to the planet and ozone, so production permanently halted on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the replacement for R22. It’s what you’ll see in all new air conditioners currently.
What Should I Do in the Meantime?
If your AC is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a great time to begin planning for replacement.
We get that replacing your system can be a major expense. That’s why we provide our exclusive Advantage Program™ in addition to financing, With our Advantage Program, you can get a modern, high-efficiency system for merely one low monthly payment. And receive maintenance, repairs and parts at no extra price.*
Get in touch with us at 605-223-0307 to set up an appointment today. We’ll go over your budget and needs to help you choose the best comfort equipment for your house.