Your AC unit uses a chemical refrigerant to shift heat within your residence outside. This makes your residence cool and comfy. The kind of refrigerant used in residential air conditioner has changed a few times as time has passed, keeping up with innovative advancements and environmental considerations.
All new home AC units run on R410a, also called as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually be discontinued. This is due to a continuous concentration on reducing chemicals known to affect the environment.
To find out 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 capabilities.
The main issue is the refrigerant these systems use to make the comfort we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your system was put in after January 1, 2010, it in all likelihood runs on R410a. And there’s an extended amount of time for you to prepare for the phaseout. So, it’s not a thing you should be bothered about at this time.
Strategies and schedules have been fixed for commercial cooling units. But the beginning of the phaseout for residential AC systems hasn’t yet been scheduled. However, the phaseout could begin around 2024 and take 10 years to end.
At that date, you could need to buy a new your equipment anyhow, as the ordinary life span for a cooling system is about 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This chemical isn’t being created anymore, but there are still a lot of residential air conditioning systems using R22. If you need service, it can be very pricey as only reclaimed and recycled refrigerant is accessible.
Most of the time, we recommend buying a new your system as a result of the rising prices of sustaining an AC unit with R22. In addition, you’ll be getting a better energy-efficient system.
Give our Experts a call at 469-250-0932 right away and we’ll help you start finding an updated unit.
How Do I Determine What Type Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re uncertain what variety of refrigerant your air conditioning uses, you can look at its nameplate. This piece is typically found on the exterior condenser. Or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
If you’re still not able to find it, contact us at 469-250-0932 and our Experts can help.
Why are Refrigerants Damaging to the Environment?
Older types of refrigerants can hurt 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. Researchers found it was detrimental to the planet and ozone, so production permanently halted on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the alternative for R22. It’s what you’ll see in all new air conditioning systems today.
What Should I Do for Now?
If your air conditioner is approaching (or older than) 15 years, now’s a great time to get started planning for this purchase.
We know that installing a new system can be a considerable expense. That’s why we offer our exclusive Advantage Program™ as well as financing, With our Advantage Program, you can receive a new, high-efficiency system for merely one low monthly payment. And get maintenance, repairs and parts at no additional cost.*
Call us at 469-250-0932 to request an appointment right away. We’ll talk through your budget and needs to help you locate the right comfort unit for your house.