Your AC equipment uses a chemical refrigerant to shift heat within your residence outside. This makes your house cool and relaxing. The type of refrigerant used in your Grand Island home’s air conditioner has switched several times over the years, following technology breakthroughs and environmental considerations.
All updated home AC equipment in Grand Island uses R410a, also known as Puron. But this refrigerant will eventually no longer be made. This is because of a continued attention on lowering substances known to negatively impact the environment.
To learn the “why” behind cooling restrictions, it’s useful to put it into perspective. Two-thirds of the 128.5 million houses in the U.S. have cooling systems, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But it’s not really the air conditioning system itself, or even its cooling capacity.
The main issue is the refrigerant these units need to create the cooling we enjoy.
Installed after 2010
If your unit was put in after January 1, 2010, it probably uses R410a. And there’s an extended amount of time for you to get ready for the phaseout. So, it’s not a thing you should be concerned about immediately.
Plans and timetables have been set for commercial AC units. But the beginning of the phaseout for residential AC systems hasn’t yet been scheduled. However, the phaseout could start around 2024 and take 10 years to finish.
By then, you might need to install a new your unit anyway, because the average life expectancy for an AC system is about 15 years.
Installed Before 2010
This refrigerant isn’t being made currently, but there are still many Grand Island residential AC systems using R22. If you have to have repairs, it could be very pricey because only reclaimed and recycled refrigerant is available.
In many cases, we propose getting a new your equipment as a result of the increasing expenses of keeping up a cooling system with R22. In addition, you’ll be receiving a better energy-efficient unit.
Call our Experts at 308-210-4398 now and we’ll help you begin choosing an updated system.
How Do I Find Out Which Refrigerant My AC Uses?
If you’re uncertain what type of refrigerant your AC has, you can locate its nameplate. This piece is usually found on the exterior condenser. Or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
If you’re unable to find it, Grand Island residents should reach us at 308-210-4398 and we can assist you.
Why are Refrigerants Hurtful to the Environment?
Older types of refrigerants can harm the planet and lead to climate change. Here’s a look at the history of residential air conditioner refrigerants:
- Residential air conditioners have used R22, or Freon, for many years. Testing determined it was detrimental to the environment and ozone, so production permanently stopped on January 1, 2020.
- R410a is the substitute for R22. It’s what you’ll see in all new air conditioning systems currently.
What Should I Do in the Interim?
If your AC is near (or older than) 15 years, now’s a good time to get started prepping for this purchase.
We understand that installing a new system can be a considerable expense. That’s why we offer our exclusive Advantage Program™ plus financing, With our Advantage Program, you can receive an up-to-date, high-efficiency system for only one low monthly payment. And get maintenance, repairs and parts at no additional cost.*
Call us at 308-210-4398 to set up an appointment today. We’ll go over your budget and needs to help you locate the ideal comfort unit for your home.