If you’re like most people, then you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the refrigerant in your air conditioner. As of this year, however, you may have reason to pay attention. In January 2020, the EPA officially banned most production and import of R22 refrigerant, a chemical that contributes to depletion of ozone. So, what does this mean for you? Here’s what you need to know.
How can I tell whether my air conditioner uses R22 refrigerant?
R22 refrigerant was widely used in air conditioners until the EPA announced a change in policy 10 years ago. Hence, if you have had the same air conditioner for longer than a decade, then it is likely that it runs on R22 refrigerant. If you want to confirm this, then you should have your system checked out by a heating and cooling professional.
Can I still get R22 refrigerant for my air conditioner?
Yes, you can. The ban permits users of existing air conditioners to obtain the R22 refrigerant they need to allow them to continue to run. However, the ban means that R22 refrigerant is likely to become much more costly in the future. It may also become more difficult to obtain. Right now, however, R22 refrigerant continues to be widely available.
When should I replace my air conditioner if it runs on R22 refrigerant?
If you have an air conditioning system that uses R22 refrigerant, then the issue is likely to come up the next time you need to have your system repaired. One factor ton consider is that air conditioners will decline in efficiency with age. Thus, a system that still uses R22 refrigerant is already more than a decade old. So, it is likely to be more prone to malfunctions than a newer system would. Therefore, replacing your old system could help you cool your household more efficiently and reduce the frequency of repairs.
If you’re in need of a new air conditioner, then it’s time to connect with B & J Refrigeration Inc. – Heating and Cooling. Our NATE-certified technicians are here to provide you with the
exceptional heating and cooling services you need, so you can always count on having a working air conditioning system when the weather gets warm. Would you like to learn more? You can reach us today by calling (520) 355-4857.