There is a lot of talk about the different refrigerants used in air conditioners. In Las Vegas, where using the air conditioner starts early and ends later than many places in the United States, having the air conditioner performing to its full potential is essential for survival. But with the misunderstanding between refrigerants, many people are not fully understanding the difference between R22 and R410A refrigerant. Today, we at Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning would like to take the opportunity to discuss R22 and R410A refrigerant to help you better understand.
Air Conditioner Refrigerant
In order to keep your home cool, your heat pump or air conditioner relies on refrigerant. To provide comfort for your home, these cooling systems do not burn gas fuel like furnaces do. To force warm air out of the home or a heat pump during the winter forces air into the home, refrigerant is required. Unlike oil or gas, refrigerant is not a consumable, instead it continues a specific cycle and it never depletes as it used. However, if your unit lacks refrigerant it is typically due to a leak, or on a rare occasion, the installer did not fully charge the unit. When a leak does occur, it requires a leak repair and a refrigerant recharge that can only be done by a licensed professional. Refrigerant is not a substance readily available to the public and can only be handled by a certified and licensed technician because of the nature of the chemical.
When it came to HVAC refrigerant in past decades, R22 was the golden standard refrigerant. R22 was found in most residential cooling systems and was commonly referenced as Freon. However, R22 refrigerant eventually was banned on January 1, 2015 because of the harmful impact it had on the environment. The R22 supplies are becoming increasingly scarce and incredibly expensive because of the ban.
R410A production is in full swing despite that homeowners who use R22 struggle to find affordable supplies. Efficient and available for use in new air conditioners the R410A is environmentally friendly. To make a different on the environment, lower your energy bills, and increase your comfort by making the switch to R410A.
Can You Convert from R22 to R410A Refrigerant or is it Better to Upgrade Air Conditioning Unit?
Unfortunately, it is not very simple to transition from R22 refrigerant to R410A refrigerant. Most of the older R22 systems can’t use R410A without undergoing an extensive and costly conversion process. Ultimately, upgrading to a new air conditioner is the optimal solution, as it is a far quicker and more cost-effective way to use R410A. By your savings on energy bills and repair costs compared to your older air conditioner unit, you will see the return eventually on the initial investment.
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Whether you are experiencing a refrigerant leak, or want to upgrade to the R410A refrigerant unit, the specialists of Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning can help you repair refrigerant leaks and recharge it or help you find an upgraded unit that helps improve the efficiency of your home. Contact us today.