What R-22 Elimination Means for the Future of Your Comfort System
As the substance that allows your AC to cool the air in your home, R-22 has been the industry-standard refrigerant since 1935. However, this coolant releases chlorine into the ozone layer, actively contributing to ozone depletion. Due to environmental concerns, a worldwide phase-out and eventual ban of R-22 is currently in progress. Though it is important to protect the planet, homeowners should be aware of the inevitable costs associated with the elimination of R-22.
Though R-22 will still be available for use until the beginning of 2020, supplies are quickly diminishing and will continue to do so as the phase-out continues. Moreover, the cost of the coolant is skyrocketing due to scarcity, making maintenance and repairs for AC units that use R-22 far more expensive.
AC Unit Replacement
Naturally, banning R-22 will render all systems that require the coolant outdated. Because many people are unaware of the ban, they may not be prepared to replace their AC unit. You could continue to use already-produced reclaimed refrigerant, but it will be expensive. Consult your HVAC company for a game plan on replacing your R-22 air conditioner with one that uses R-410A—the new industry-standard coolant that doesn’t damage our ozone layer.
A Temporary Fix
Because purchasing a brand new unit is pricey, there are alternative coolants for a temporary solution. These ozone-friendly drop-in coolants will work in an R-22 air conditioner while you budget for a replacement unit:
Your system isn’t designed to work with drop-in coolants, so they will likely void your warranty. Plus, they cause your equipment to run less efficiently and wear out faster. That’s why they are only a temporary solution.
A Smooth Transition with Comfort First
Though the conversion to an R-410A air conditioner is inevitable, it doesn’t have to be painful. Solutions include:
- Paying more for R-22 until it runs out, then purchasing a new unit.
- Temporarily using other refrigerants until it would cost less to replace your system.
- Replace your system now.
No matter what path you choose, the friendly staff at Comfort First will be there every step of the way to answer your questions regarding the R-22 ban. Simply give us a call at any of our 5 North Carolina locations. We are happy to help in any way we can!