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Here’s Why R-22 Air Conditioner Refrigerant Is Being Phased Out

R-22 refrigerant is being phased out due to its negative impact on the environment

R-22 refrigerant is being phased out due to its negative impact on the environment 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 supply remains 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.

Have Questions About R-22 Refrigerant? Here Are the Answers

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:

  • Schedule a Clean & Check with one of our NATE-certified technicians. They can check for leaks and fix any they might find to reduce future costs and extend your unit’s lifespan.
  • You can also replace your system with a new, energy-efficient air conditioner that doesn’t use R-22, especially if your current air conditioner is more than 10 years old or you’ve experienced inconsistent performance

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.