Our world is becoming increasingly more aware of its impact on the environment. That awareness has started to affect almost every industry there is, and the home comfort system industry is no different. This is why our air conditioners are built to be more and more energy efficient every year for more than just the savings aspect.
Speaking of air conditioners, there is another change coming to the home comfort industry that is likely to affect your AC unit unless you have a relatively new one. We are referring, of course, to the phaseout of the refrigerant R-22.
You may be wondering how the phaseout of R-22 will impact you and what it means for your aging air conditioner. As your resource for Raleigh, NC air conditioning services, we are happy to answer your questions and to provide you with reliable services for your cooling system.
What is R-22?
R-22 is the refrigerant that is used in most air conditioners built prior to 2015. It is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon, also known as Freon. R-22 cycles through your air conditioning unit and absorbs heat from the air, allowing your AC to cool your home.
Why is it being phased out?
Unfortunately, R-22 has been found to be damaging to the environment, specifically to the ozone layer, and to human health because it contains chlorine. Because of this, it is being replaced with a more environmentally-friendly chlorine-free refrigerant known as R-140A.
How will this affect me?
R-22 will officially stop being produced in January 2020. This means that stockpiles of this chemical will dwindle and become increasingly expensive as they are used up. For those who have air conditioners that still use R-22, this means a refrigerant leak will quickly become a pricey fix.
What’s more, once R-22 is fully gone, systems that were built to use it will have to be fully replaced. This is because a system that is made to cycle R-22 is unable to properly cycle R-410A.
Ultimately, if you have an air conditioning unit that is 10 years old or more, or simply seems to be on its way out, this is just another motivator to replace your air conditioner with a system that is more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
The Importance of Professional Service
If you are in the market for an air conditioner replacement, it pays to work with a professional. A trained technician will be able to help you select a system that best meets your needs and will get it installed and sized properly.
When it comes to a replacement for your cooling system, you should always work with a pro. This is because working with an amateur can end up costing you far more as it can create the need for additional repairs.
Whether you need a system repair or a full replacement, you can trust Sloan Service to get the job done right. We are the Heating, Cooling, & Electrical Experts.
Sloan Services keeps Raleigh area homeowners comfortable 365 days a year. Contact our team of trained technicians today to set up your next service appointment.