The refrigerant is one of the most vital parts of the HVAC system in your Overton, Texas, home. In the coming months, there will be some major changes to refrigerants. R-22, once the most common refrigerant, is being replaced with the more eco-friendly R410-A. We’ve made this guide to help get you in the know about the transition.
Timeline of the Transition
The transition away from R-22 has actually been happening for a few years. If you purchased an HVAC system after 2010, chances are your system already operates on R410-A. This was the cutoff date for HVAC manufacturers to make the switch over as mandated by the EPA. The newest deadline for refrigerant replacement is January 1, 2020. After this date, it’ll be illegal to import or produce R-22 in the United States.
Difference Between Products
There’s a good reason R410-A is replacing R-22. R-22 contains chemicals that are extremely toxic to the environment, and it’s responsible for much of the current ozone depletion. The new product, R-410A, is significantly more eco-friendly without any ozone-damaging ingredients.
In addition to being more environmentally friendly, R-410A works at a significantly higher pressure level than R-22. This higher pressure combined with its chemical properties makes R410-A far more efficient than R-22. As a result, your house cools faster with fewer utilities consumed.
If you have a system that runs on R-22, you may wonder why you should switch to an R-410A system. HVAC systems are expensive, after all. However, costs associated with R-22 units will start to rise dramatically once the ban takes effect.
R-22 will become more costly as supplies decrease. This means any repairs to refrigerant leaks will become substantially costlier. R-410A machines will have lower upkeep costs, plus the more efficient functionality makes it an attractive choice overall.
Are you interested in making the switch to an R-410A unit? Give JD’s A/C a call at 903-374-4012 to set up an appointment today with one of our expert service technicians!
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