So, “what is next” you ask since R-22 is being phased out?? Well, with the ban of freon (HCFC-22 or R-22), new chemicals have taken its place. The chemical that will most often be used in newer air conditioners is R-410A, a safer, compliant refrigerant.
You cannot simply use R-410A in older systems designed for Freon, because R-410A operates at a higher pressure than other refrigerants. R-410A systems require service personnel to use different tools, equipment, safety standards, and techniques. Equipment manufacturers are aware of these changes and require the certification of professionals installing R-410A systems.
If you decide to replace your system now, here are some things to make that expense a bit easier to take:
- The new environmentally-friendly R-410A systems have a much smaller carbon footprint; they do not harm the ozone layer.
- New energy-efficient systems save on energy costs. Even if your existing system is only 10 years old, you may save significantly on your energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.
- Most new systems come with a warranty – standard!
If you have questions about your existing air conditioner, or would like a quote on replacing your system, please call us at 847-851-8698!