If you have an older model air conditioner in your Mandarin, Florida, home, it’s probably using a coolant or refrigerant called R-22. Starting in January 2020, R-22 will become illegal to manufacture or import into the United States and is already in the process of being phased out. What does this mean to a homeowner who relies on this refrigerant to keep their home cool? Let’s look at why R-22 will no longer be available and what options are available.
The History of R-22
In 1876, a patent was issued for the process of liquefying gas to create a cooling effect. This same process is still used in air conditioners today, using some variation of refrigerant. Known as a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), R-22 was developed in 1928 and is still used today in older model air conditioners. However, in the 1980s, it became widely known that R-22 was imparting serious damage to the ozone layer. In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented the ban on R-22 for phase-out in 2020.
Next Generation of Refrigerant
New air conditioners are currently using a more environmentally friendly refrigerant called R-410A. This coolant is chlorine-free, which is better for the environment and may also help to increase the efficiency of the air conditioner.
Time to Upgrade to a New Air Conditioner
What does this all mean? While you can continue to run your air conditioner on R-22, keep in mind that if a leak does develop in your system, any remaining R-22 will be quite expensive to use. Eventually, the stockpile will run out, and if you can’t replace lost refrigerant, the air conditioner won’t have the ability able to cool your home sufficiently. Consider investing in a modern air conditioner as soon as possible. You will comply with the new laws and your air conditioner will run more efficiently.
If you would like to have a new air conditioner installed in your home, give our team at Abaco Air Experts a call today. You can reach us at (904) 268-3800.
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