Your AC unit uses a chemical refrigerant to shift heat within your residence outside. This makes your house chilled and comfortable. The model of refrigerant used in your home’s air conditioner has switched a couple of times as time has gone by, following technological breakthroughs and environmental concerns.
All new home AC equipment use R410a, also known as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually no longer be made. This is because of a continuous focus on limiting substances known to impact the environment.
To understand the “why” that drives cooling regulation, it’s helpful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million houses in the USA 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 capabilities.
The main problem is the refrigerant this equipment need to produce the refreshing air we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your unit was connected after January 1, 2010, it probably has 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 during this time.
Recommendations and dates have been set for commercial cooling units. But the starting point of the phaseout for residential AC systems hasn’t yet been scheduled. However, the phaseout could commence around 2024 and take 10 years to end.
By that time, you may need to install a new your equipment anyhow, because the average life cycle for a cooling system is about 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This compound isn’t being created at this time, but there are still lots of residential cooling systems that have R22. If you need repairs, it could be very expensive as only reclaimed and recycled refrigerant is attainable.
In many cases, we propose upgrading your equipment as a result of the growing prices of maintaining a cooling system with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be gaining an enhanced energy-efficient unit.
Reach our Experts at 352-414-4006 right away and we’ll help you get started locating a modern solution.
How Do I Know What Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re unsure what variety of refrigerant your AC runs on, you can locate its panel. This piece is typically found on the exterior condenser. Or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
If you’re unable to come across it, call us at 352-414-4006 and we can provide support.
Why are Refrigerants Damaging to the Environment?
Older formulas of refrigerants can harm the ozone and contribute to climate change. Here’s a brief look at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have used R22, or Freon, for a long time. Researchers found it was harmful to the atmosphere and ozone, so production permanently halted 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 air conditioner is approaching (or older than) 15 years, now’s a good time to get started preparing for replacement.
We understand that installing a new system can be a considerable expense. That’s why we offer our exclusive Advantage Program™ in addition to 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 added price.*
Get in touch with us at 352-414-4006 to schedule an appointment now. We’ll go over your budget and needs to help you locate the ideal comfort unit for your home.