Your AC unit uses a chemical refrigerant to shift heat within your house outside. This makes your house chilly and comfortable. The type of refrigerant used in your home’s air conditioner has switched a couple of times over the years, keeping in touch with technological breakthroughs and environmental concerns.
All modern home AC equipment run on R410a, also called as Puron. But this refrigerant will subsequently no longer be made. This is a result of a sustained attention on restricting chemicals known to impact the environment.
To learn the “why” that drives cooling restrictions, it helps to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million homes 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 these systems need to produce the comfort we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your system was put in after January 1, 2010, it probably 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 now.
Plans and timetables have been determined for commercial HVAC equipment. But the start of the phaseout for residential cooling systems hasn’t yet been scheduled. However, the phaseout could start around 2024 and take 10 years to end.
By then, you could need to install a new your unit anyway, since the ordinary life span for an AC system is often 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This chemical isn’t being created right now, but there are still lots of residential cooling systems that use R22. If you have to get repairs, it may be very expensive because only recovered and recycled refrigerant is available.
A lot of the time, we propose buying a new your equipment because of the rising costs of keeping up a cooling system with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be getting an enhanced energy-efficient system.
Give our Experts a call at 859-905-0834 right away and we’ll help you start finding an updated unit.
How Do I Determine What Kind Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re uncertain what type of refrigerant your air conditioning runs on, you can find its panel. This piece is usually found on the outside condenser. Or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
If you’re still not able to find it, call us at 859-905-0834 and we can provide support.
Why are Refrigerants Detrimental to the Environment?
Older types of refrigerants can damage the ozone and contribute to climate change. Here’s a glance at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have run on R22, or Freon, for many years. Researchers discovered it was detrimental to the environment and ozone, so creation permanently ended on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the alternative for R22. It’s what you’ll find in all new cooling units 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 start planning for replacement.
We get that installing a new system can be a big expense. That’s why we offer our exclusive Advantage Program™ plus financing, With our Advantage Program, you can receive an updated, high-efficiency system for only one small monthly payment. And get maintenance, repairs and parts at no added price.*
Call us at 859-905-0834 to request an appointment right away. We’ll review your budget and needs to help you select the ideal comfort unit for your residence.