Your AC system uses a chemical refrigerant to shift heat within your home outside. This makes your home cool and refreshing. The model of refrigerant used in your home’s air conditioner has been modified a few times over the years, keeping up with innovative advances and environmental regards.
All new home AC units use R410a, also referred to as Puron. But this refrigerant will subsequently be discontinued. This is because of a sustained attention on restricting chemicals known to affect the environment.
To understand the “why” that drives air conditioning rules, it’s helpful 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 capacity.
The issue in question is the refrigerant these systems use to create the cooling we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your equipment was installed after January 1, 2010, it probably runs on R410a. And there’s lots of time for you to get prepared for the phaseout. So, it’s not a thing you should be worried about immediately.
Strategies and dates have been fixed for commercial AC systems. But the beginning of the phaseout for residential AC systems hasn’t yet been determined. However, the phaseout could commence around 2024 and take 10 years to finish.
At that time, you might need to buy a new your system regardless, because the regular life span for a cooling system is usually 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This refrigerant isn’t being created at this time, but there are still many residential air conditioning systems using R22. If you have to have work, it could be very expensive as only reacquired and recycled refrigerant is accessible.
Most of the time, we recommend installing a new your unit because of the growing expenses of keeping up an AC with R22. Plus, you’ll be getting a more energy-efficient unit.
Give our Experts a call at 210-570-9705 today and we’ll help you get started choosing a modern system.
How Do I Determine What Type Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re unsure what kind of refrigerant your AC has, you can find its nameplate. This piece is often found on the exterior condenser. Or you can check your owner’s manual.
If you still can’t come across it, call us at 210-570-9705 and our pros can provide support.
Why are Refrigerants Hurtful to the Environment?
Older formulas of refrigerants can harm the planet and contribute to climate change. Here’s a brief look at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have run with R22, or Freon, for many years. Scientists found it was damaging to the atmosphere and ozone, so production permanently stopped on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the substitute for R22. It’s what you’ll find in all new cooling units today.
What Should I Do in the Meantime?
If your air conditioning is close to (or older than) 15 years, now’s a great time to start preparing for this purchase.
We understand that getting a new system can be a major expense. That’s why we provide our exclusive Advantage Program™ plus financing, With our Advantage Program, you can receive a new, high-efficiency system for only one small monthly payment. And receive maintenance, repairs and parts at no added price.*
Get in touch with us at 210-570-9705 to schedule an appointment now. We’ll go over your budget and needs to help you select the best comfort equipment for your home.