The U.S. government has decided to become more eco-friendly when it comes to how we cool our homes. For decades, air conditioning units have relied on an ozone-depleting R22 refrigerant. As you may know, the Earth’s ozone layer is what prevents a large amount of UV light from penetrating into our atmosphere. Without it, the planet’s surface would look much different.
The government has given both homeowners and businesses until January 1, 2020 to make the switch from R22 to the new, more eco-friendly R410A refrigerant. If you’ve recently built a new home with central air conditioning installed, chances are you already have the new R410A refrigerant.
Downside of Having an R22 Air Conditioner
However, if your central AC unit is 15 or more years old, it is most likely that it still takes R22 freon. Older central air conditioners tend to require more maintenance checks and repair services. For instance, the unit could develop a leak which would require it to be recharged — but note that these R22 units can only be recharged up to January 1, 2020. Homeowners who opt to repair or service their old AC may need to pay more for parts and labor due to a low supply.
Necessary Steps to a Better Air Conditioner
Essentially you will need to replace your old air conditioner by 2020 with one that takes R410A in order to avoid possible state or government fines in the future for having a unit that is not up to environmental codes. When installing a new system, always be sure that it is done by NATE-certified technicians who are skilled with working with various newer models and are also EPA certified in ac repairs.
Air Conditioning Mass’ air conditioning repair technicians are all NATE-certified and undergo hours of hands-on training to ensure that your new system is installed with care and accuracy. We are also happy to return to your home in the future for any maintenance work, seasonal checkups and repairs.
Have questions about R410A and what central air conditioning unit might be best for your home? Contact our North Shore and Greater Boston area AC installation company today!