Your AC unit uses a chemical refrigerant to transfer warmth within your residence outside. This makes your house chilled and refreshing. The model of refrigerant used in residential air conditioner has been modified several times over the years, following technological advancements and environmental considerations.
All modern home AC units run on R410a, also referred to as Puron. But this refrigerant will subsequently no longer be made. This is due to a continued attention on reducing substances known to impact the environment.
To understand the “why” that causes air conditioning regulation, it helps to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million residences 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 performance.
The main issue is the refrigerant these units have to create the comfort we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your system was put in after January 1, 2010, it likely has R410a. And there’s a lot of time for you to get ready for the phaseout. So, it’s not a thing you should be concerned about right away.
Plans and dates have been determined for commercial AC systems. But the start of the phaseout for residential AC systems hasn’t yet been scheduled. However, the phaseout could begin around 2024 and take 10 years to complete.
By then, you may need to buy a new your system anyway, because the average life span for a cooling system is often 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This compound isn’t being created anymore, but there are still lots of residential cooling systems that have R22. If you have to have work, it may be very pricey since only reclaimed and recycled refrigerant is accessible.
Most of the time, we recommend upgrading your unit because of the rising costs of keeping up a cooling system with R22. In addition, you’ll be gaining a more energy-efficient system.
Give our Experts a call at 303-647-5853 right away and we’ll help you start finding a modern system.
How Do I Find Out Which Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re unsure what variety of refrigerant your AC runs on, you can look at its panel. This piece is often located on the outside condenser. Or you can look in your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t come across it, contact us at 303-647-5853 and our professionals can help.
Why are Refrigerants Damaging to the Environment?
Older kinds of refrigerants can hurt the environment and lead to climate change. Here’s a look at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have run on R22, or Freon, for many decades. Testing determined it was damaging to the environment and ozone, so production permanently ended on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the replacement for R22. It’s what you’ll discover in all new air conditioners today.
What Should I Do for Now?
If your AC is approaching (or older than) 15 years, now’s a good time to get started preparing for replacement.
We understand that replacing your system can be a considerable expense. That’s why we offer our exclusive Advantage Program™ plus financing, With our Advantage Program, you can get a new, high-efficiency system for just one small monthly payment. And enjoy maintenance, repairs and parts at no additional expense.*
Reach us at 303-647-5853 to request an appointment right away. We’ll talk through your budget and needs to help you choose the ideal comfort equipment for your residence.