Your AC equipment uses a chemical refrigerant to transfer heat within your house outside. This makes your house chilled and comfy. The model of refrigerant used in your house’s air conditioner has changed a few times as time has passed, keeping up with technological advancements and environmental considerations.
All new home AC equipment run on R410a, also known as Puron. But this refrigerant will subsequently no longer be made. This is due to a sustained concentration on restricting substances known to affect the environment.
To learn the “why” that drives cooling regulation, it’s useful 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 functions.
The issue in question is the refrigerant this equipment use to produce the cooling we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your unit was put in after January 1, 2010, it likely runs on R410a. And there’s a lot of time for you to prepare for the phaseout. So, it’s not a thing you should be bothered about immediately.
Approaches and timetables have been set for commercial cooling systems. But the start of the phaseout for residential cooling systems hasn’t yet been set. However, the phaseout could begin around 2024 and take 10 years to finish.
By that time, you might need to buy a new your unit anyway, as the ordinary life span for a cooling system is often 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This chemical isn’t being made today, but there are still a lot of residential AC systems using R22. If you have to have repairs, it could be very costly because only recovered and recycled refrigerant is attainable.
Most of the time, we propose upgrading your equipment as a result of the growing costs of sustaining an air conditioner with R22. Plus, you’ll be receiving a better energy-efficient system.
Give our Experts a call at 804-548-4480 today and we’ll help you start locating an updated model.
How Do I Find Out What Type Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re not sure what form of refrigerant your AC uses, you can find its panel. This piece is often found on the outside condenser. Or you can check your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t come across it, reach us at 804-548-4480 and our Experts can help.
Why are Refrigerants Detrimental to the Environment?
Older formulas of refrigerants can damage the ozone and lead 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 years. Scientists determined it was detrimental to the environment and ozone, so production permanently stopped on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the replacement for R22. It’s what you’ll discover in all new air conditioners currently.
What Should I Do in the Meantime?
If your air conditioning is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a good time to get started planning for this purchase.
We understand that getting a new system can be a considerable expense. That’s why we provide our exclusive Advantage Program™ plus financing, With our Advantage Program, you can have an up-to-date, high-efficiency system for only one small monthly payment. And receive maintenance, repairs and parts at no additional expense.*
Get in touch with us at 804-548-4480 to schedule an appointment right away. We’ll discuss your budget and needs to help you select the best comfort solution for your residence.