For decades, Bay Area air conditioning installation and maintenance contractors have used Freon, also known as R-22, as refrigerants for cooling and dehumidifying indoor air. Because of the increase of environmental awareness and the desire of both consumers and government agencies for environmentally friendly alternatives, R-22 is gradually being “phased out,” a process that began in 2010 and will end with this type of refrigerant being prohibited.
What should you know if your air conditioning system is older and uses R-22 refrigerant to cool your home? Here’s some information that will help you make an informed decision:
Alternate refrigerants for older A/C systems. There are refrigerants that manufacturers claim can be used in place of R-22, including R-422, R-438A and R-407C. However, you should be aware that using an alternate refrigerant could potentially compromise the overall performance of your system.
Availability of R-22. In air conditioning systems manufactured prior to 2010, the use of R-22 is still allowed. However, supplies will become limited in the coming years, so you should find an alternative solution or consider “system matching” or a new A/C system.
Newer Carrier systems rely on chlorine-free Puron refrigerant, an environmentally sound refrigerant that is superior in terms of energy efficiency, equipment performance, and safe for the environment. Not only will your air conditioner reduce your carbon footprint and save you on energy costs, it will operate more quietly if equipped with Silencer System technology!
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been providing customers in the Bay Area, Hayward, San Francisco, San Mateo and nearby areas with outstanding products and service since 1999. Give us a call today to learn more about refrigerant options and the phasing out of the manufacturing of R-22 by the year 2020.