One of the most important decisions that you’ll need to make is whether to keep your existing system that uses R-22 refrigerant in the cooling process or to upgrade to a new system that uses the more environmentally-friendly R-410A refrigerant.
Many homeowners aren’t aware that AC manufacturers are now prohibited from making new systems that use the R-22 refrigerant. While there are still a number of existing air conditioning systems that rely on R-22 refrigerant to operate, the production of this refrigerant is scheduled to be completely phased out by 2020.
Due to the decreased production of R-22 refrigerant, the cost of this refrigerant to repair existing systems can be very expensive. This is why it may make sense for some homeowners to go ahead and upgrade to a new system that uses R-410A refrigerant versus paying for costly service calls to maintain an older system that relies on R-22 refrigerant.
Repair Options Available for R-22 Systems
There are some manufacturers that are making something called dry-charged R-22 units that can be used to repair existing units that rely on R-22. However, if you choose to go this route, the SEER rating of these new units may not be compatible with your existing system’s coils and equipment. This can add to your repair cost, which may make it worthwhile to go ahead and upgrade to a new system that uses the R-410A refrigerant.
The Importance of a Correctly Sized System
You may have heard some rumors that R-410A refrigerant does not cool a space as effectively as R-22 refrigerant. While there may be some truth to this, the most important thing is that your system is sized correctly for your home or office. Again, this is why it’s important that you involve your Port Orange HVAC service professional in your decision as to whether you should purchase a new system or not as he or she will be well-trained to appropriately size your space.
If you have any questions regarding the difference between R-22 and R-410A refrigerants, our team of HVAC service professionals at East Coast Heating and Air Conditioning would be happy to help. Please contact us to learn more about the difference between these two refrigerants and when it would be best to upgrade your air conditioning system.