Your AC unit uses a chemical refrigerant to move heat within your residence outside. This makes your home chilly and comfortable. The model of refrigerant used in your home’s air conditioner has switched a few times over the years, keeping in touch with technological breakthroughs and environmental concerns.
All modern home AC equipment use R410a, also referred to as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually no longer be made. This is due to a continued attention on restricting substances known to affect the environment.
To learn the “why” that drives air conditioning restrictions, it’s helpful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million houses in the USA 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 capacity.
The main problem is the refrigerant this equipment use to produce the comfort we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your equipment was installed after January 1, 2010, it likely uses R410a. And there’s an extended amount of time for you to prepare for the phaseout. So, it’s not something you should be worried about now.
Strategies and dates have been fixed for commercial AC units. But the start of the phaseout for residential air conditioning systems hasn’t yet been determined. However, the phaseout could commence around 2024 and take 10 years to complete.
By that time, you may need to install a new your unit regardless, as the average life expectancy for a cooling system is often 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This chemical isn’t being made today, but there are still many residential AC systems using R22. If you have to get service, it may be very pricey because only recovered and recycled refrigerant is attainable.
Most of the time, we suggest buying a new your equipment due to the increasing costs of keeping up an AC unit with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be receiving an enhanced energy-efficient unit.
Call our Experts at 847-250-6729 right away and we’ll help you start choosing an updated system.
How Do I Determine Which Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re uncertain what type of refrigerant your air conditioning has, you can find its plate. This piece is often situated on the outdoor condenser. Or you can check your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t come across it, call us at 847-250-6729 and our pros can assist you.
Why are Refrigerants Detrimental to the Environment?
Older types of refrigerants can harm the environment and contribute to climate change. Here’s a 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 damaging to the environment and ozone, so manufacturing permanently ended on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the replacement for R22. It’s what you’ll find in all new air conditioning systems now.
What Should I Do for Now?
If your AC is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a fantastic time to get started prepping for replacement.
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 have an up-to-date, high-efficiency system for just one little monthly payment. And enjoy maintenance, repairs and parts at no extra price.*
Contact us at 847-250-6729 to request an appointment now. We’ll discuss your budget and needs to help you find the ideal comfort unit for your home.