Your AC equipment uses a chemical refrigerant to transfer warmth within your residence outside. This makes your house chilled and refreshing. The kind of refrigerant used in residential air conditioner has switched several times over the years, following technological advances and environmental considerations.
All modern home AC units in Denver run on R410a, also called as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually be discontinued. This is due to a continued concentration on limiting compounds known to negatively impact the environment.
To understand the “why” that drives air conditioning regulation, it helps to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million residences 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 performance.
The main problem is the refrigerant this equipment has to create the comfort we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your system was put in after January 1, 2010, it likely runs on R410a. And there’s an extended amount 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 set for commercial AC systems. But the start of the phaseout for residential cooling systems hasn’t yet been scheduled. However, the phaseout could begin around 2024 and take 10 years to complete.
At that time, 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 chemical isn’t being created right now, but there are still a lot of Denver residential cooling systems that use R22. If you have to get service, it may be very costly since only reclaimed and recycled refrigerant is attainable.
Most of the time, we recommend buying a new your unit as a result of the rising costs of sustaining a cooling system with R22. As a bonus, you’ll be gaining a more energy-efficient system.
Give our Experts a call at 303-647-5853 now and we’ll help you start finding a modern system.
How Do I Determine Which Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re unsure what form of refrigerant your AC runs on, you can look at its plate. This piece is usually located on the outside condenser. Or you can look in your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t come across it, Denver residents should contact us at 303-647-5853 and we 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 with R22, or Freon, for many decades. Testing discovered 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 see in all new air conditioners today.
What Should I Do in the Interim?
If your AC is near (or older than) 15 years, now’s a good time to get started prepping for replacement.
We get that replacing your system can be a major expense. That’s why we offer our exclusive Advantage Program™ plus financing, With our Advantage Program, you can get a modern, high-efficiency system for just one little monthly payment. And enjoy maintenance, repairs and parts at no added price.*
Call us at 303-647-5853 to request an appointment now. We’ll review your budget and needs to help you locate the ideal comfort system for your house.