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Are You Using R22 Refrigerant?

AC Repair

During the summer months, you rely on your air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable. Cooling your home can be expensive, though, and one of your biggest priorities is keeping your AC as energy efficient as possible in order to save on your energy costs. One major expense that you might face with your air conditioning system is R22 refrigerant.

R22 refrigerant costs are extremely high, and soon, R22 systems will be obsolete. If you have an R22 air conditioning system, you should consider replacing it. At Hedrick’s Service Now, our Dallas air conditioning contractors offer free, no-obligation estimates for air conditioning system replacements.

Here are a few things you should know about R22 refrigerant systems:

R22 Refrigerant Will Not Be Produced After 2020

R22 is a refrigerant that is essential to all kinds of air conditioning systems. It might also be called “Freeon”, but that term is actually a brand name. R22 is a blend of liquids and gases that form a refrigerant, and its presence in the atmosphere depletes the ozone layer.

The U.S. government has issued a mandate to stop all production of R22 by 2020. Each year until 2020, there must be a reduction in the production of R22, which will be replaced by R410.

R410 Is an Environmentally Friendly (and Cheaper) Alternative to R22

In all new air conditioning units, R410 is used in place of R22. Not only is R410 less damaging to the environment, but it’s also less expensive.

The cost of R22 has sky-rocketed as its availability has declined. Whereas it would have sold for $10 per pound around 2008, it not can cost as much $50 per pound, and residential air conditioning systems need between 5 and 15 pounds to function. If your Dallas home’s air conditioning system uses R22, a system replacement can be much less expensive in the long run than buying more R22, which will only get less accessible and more expensive with the time.

R410 Can’t Be Used In Existing AC Units

Unfortunately, if your Dallas home’s air conditioning system is designed to use R22, then it won’t be able to operate with R410, and you will need to have your system replaced.

Our professionals can assess your home’s air conditioning system and provide you with an estimate of the cost of an AC replacement at no charge to you and with no obligation. Call us today, and we’ll be looking forward to assisting you.