Air conditioners use refrigerant to cool indoor air that passes over the cold, refrigerant-filled coils. If your air conditioner was manufactured prior to 2010, there is a good chance it requires R-22 refrigerant, which means you will begin to notice continuing annual increases in maintenance costs because supplies of R-22 are dwindling.
R-22 refrigerant is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HFC) that emits ozone-depleting chlorine. As such, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set strict limitations on it’s production for use in commercial and residential A/Cs through 2020. After that, the only way to recharge equipment requiring R-22 will be to capture and recycle it from phased out units. The extra labor costs, as well as the rising refrigerant costs due to lack of supply, will be transferred directly to the consumer.
To prepare for the R-22 phase-out:
If you haven’t scheduled your A/C Maintenance yet, now is a good time to make an appointment. Ask our technicians whether or not your unit requires the use of R-22. If it does, you will need to begin preparing for increasing refrigerant costs over the next several years.
If your unit was made prior to 2010 and it requires R-22, you should begin thinking about a system replacement.
Beware of alternative refrigerant options! You may have read alternative refrigerants, such as R-407C, R-438A and R-422 are compatible in an R-22 system. Unfortunately, they can seriously compromise your equipment.
Contact Fillmore HVAC at 972-365-8356 to learn more about your options during the R-22 phase-out. We’re dedicated to helping Dallas/DFW-area residents find cost-effective HVAC solutions.