If your air conditioning unit was installed in 2010 or earlier, it likely relies on R-22 refrigerant (Freon) to keep your home cool and comfortable. But R-22 is being phased out due to its negative environmental impact, so what remains of the supply is in high demand, at a high cost.
By 2020, it won’t be available at all, which leaves homeowners with a lot of questions about what to do with units that require the soon-to-be obsolete refrigerant. The heating and cooling experts at Roth Heating Company are here with answers to common questions about R-22.
How do I know what type of refrigerant my air conditioner uses?
Like we mentioned above, if your unit is from 2010 or earlier, it probably uses R-22 refrigerant. You can find that information listed on the air conditioner’s nameplate to confirm. Sometimes it is listed as HCFC-22. You can also check your owner’s manual or contact the company that serviced your A/C unit last.
If my air conditioner relies on R-22, can I still run it?
The short answer is “yes.” Just keep in mind that, in the event of a leak, repairs will be more expensive because R-22 is in short supply, and will no longer be produced by 2020.
If my air conditioner unit uses R-22, what are my options?
If your air conditioner relies on R-22, you have a few options:
What type of refrigerant will new units use?
Newer systems being installed today use a refrigerant called R-410A. It is completely different from R-22 and can’t be mixed with or used in an existing system designed for R-22. In fact, both the outdoor and indoor coil must be replaced if you switch to R-410A refrigerant.
Not only is a new unit more environmentally friendly, but it’s also more energy efficient. If you’re ready to upgrade to a safe, energy-smart Carrier® R-410A unit, or if you have more questions about your existing unit, contact the pros at Roth Heating in Oak Creek or Waterford.