Many of today’s air-conditioning units use the refrigerant known as R-22. R-22 is a HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbon) refrigerant, which is known to harm the ozone. In fact, following the guidelines of the federal Clean Air Act, the production of air conditioning units using R-22 will end in 2010, and by 2020 R-22 will no longer be available.
As an alternative, many manufacturers have transitioned to the refrigerant R-410A, a blend that is considered ozone-friendly. R-410A does require the use of higher pressure, making it incompatible with systems built for R-22. Use of R-410A in any cooling system not specifically designed for it could damage the equipment or cause it to malfunction.
What does this mean for our customers? More than likely, your heating and cooling units will have sufficient R-22 to last the lifetime of the unit, unless a leak occurs. Since production is limited, costs to charge existing units that are leaking R-22 refrigerant have gone up and are only expected to rise. So, rather than continuing to pay increased costs to replenish the leaking R-22, at that time we would recommend a new unit. The good news is, if you do invest in a new unit, it will be more environmentally friendly and more energy efficient.
Please note, there is no federal requirement to change or convert existing units for use with another refrigerant. Existing units using R-22 can continue to be serviced with R-22.
Let the Wyckoff professionals answer any questions you may have regarding these refrigerants and show you the variety of efficient units which use the environmentally safe R-410A. Contact us now to learn more.