Your air conditioning system functions by carrying heat away from your home and ejecting it outside using a fluid called refrigerant. This heat-sensitive substance quickly gains heat inside your home and then cools outside your home, thus creating cooler air that your blower then sends into your home. This keeps you comfortable during the hottest days of summer.
If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 1996, odds are it likely runs on R22 refrigerant, or as it’s perhaps better known, Freon. For years, this was the standard, but the 1996 Clean Air Act changed HVAC equipment and system technology laws and guidelines dramatically. Under the new laws, R22 refrigerant must be completely phased out by the year 2020, now less than three years away, due to its potential contribution to global warming and climate change.
Since the year 2011, air conditioning manufacturers have no longer built systems which use the R22 refrigerant, and while this has aided many homes in becoming compliant, older homes with systems that were built before 1996 could still rely on this refrigerant to function properly. Do you have one of these systems? Have you noticed that it hasn’t quite worked the same since you had it recharged? That’s because R22 refrigerant is actually illegal to purchase now. Instead, service companies are forced to use an EPA-compliant replacement that’s about 10% less effective than original R22 used to be. Additionally, a recharge with this new refrigerant requires a substantially greater expense the first time around because the entire system must be flushed and replaced rather than simply topped off. If you want to try to find original R22, odds are you’ll only be able to locate it as a reclaimed salvage, which will make it immensely expensive.
However, remember that under the new regulations, the phase out of R22 systems must still be completed by the 2020 deadline. This leaves homeowners with one of these old systems with a limited number of options. If your R22 air conditioner is working fine, then it’s probably okay to just leave it as-is and let it continue to run, particularly if you’ve maintained it well.
However, if your system is starting to show some signs of aging and needs recharged every year or two, you might want to consider simply replacing it completely. Installing a more modern system now can help you become EPA-compliant well ahead of the 2020 deadline and save you money on your utility bills thanks to a dramatic reduction in energy consumption that most modern systems can provide. You could also save money on expensive repair bills that come from maintaining an old R22 based system.
To schedule an air conditioner replacement service, call the Lewisville air conditioning service experts at Cold Factor Heating & Air Services, LLC! We are second-generation HVAC technicians who can provide you with decades of combined experience and knowledge of all of the latest and greatest in energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems. We believe in two key qualities for our business: honesty and quality. We will always be upfront about the costs of each service we perform, and our technicians are all highly-trained to fix nearly all types of air conditioning and heating technology.
Call Cold Factor Heating & Air Services today at (214) 814-8388 to get a free repair or replacement estimate!
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