Your AC equipment uses a chemical refrigerant to move humidity within your residence outside. This makes your house cool and relaxing. The model of refrigerant used in your home’s air conditioner has switched several times as time has gone by, keeping in touch with technological advancements and environmental concerns.
All new home air conditioners have R410a, also known as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually be phased out. This is due to a continued attention on restricting chemicals known to impact the environment.
To find out the “why” that drives AC restrictions, it’s useful 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 really the air conditioning system itself, or even its cooling capabilities.
The main problem is the refrigerant this equipment need to produce the cooling we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your unit was installed after January 1, 2010, it in all likelihood uses R410a. And there’s lots of time for you to get ready for the phaseout. So, it’s not a thing you should be worried about at this time.
Plans and dates have been determined for commercial cooling equipment. But the starting point of the phaseout for residential cooling systems hasn’t yet been set. However, the phaseout could begin around 2024 and take 10 years to complete.
By that time, you could need to install a new your equipment regardless, because the regular life expectancy for a cooling system is typically 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This refrigerant isn’t being created right now, but there are still many residential cooling systems that use R22. If you need service, it may be very costly because only recovered and recycled refrigerant is attainable.
Most of the time, we suggest upgrading your equipment as a result of the growing expenses of sustaining an AC with R22. Plus, you’ll be getting a more energy-efficient system.
Give our Experts a call at 603-923-4570 right away and we’ll help you get started locating an updated unit.
How Do I Know What Kind Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re uncertain what form of refrigerant your AC runs on, you can look at its panel. This piece is often found on the outdoor condenser. Or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t find it, contact us at 603-923-4570 and our Experts can provide support.
Why are Refrigerants Detrimental to the Environment?
Older kinds of refrigerants can damage the planet and cause climate change. Here’s a glance at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have run with R22, or Freon, for a long time. Scientists determined it was detrimental to the atmosphere and ozone, so manufacturing permanently halted on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the alternative for R22. It’s what you’ll see in all new air conditioning systems now.
What Should I Do in the Interim?
If your air conditioning is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a great time to begin prepping for replacement.
We know that getting a new 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 new, high-efficiency system for only one small monthly payment. And get maintenance, repairs and parts at no added cost.*
Call us at 603-923-4570 to set up an appointment today. We’ll talk through your budget and needs to help you find the best comfort system for your residence.