Refrigerant refills are essential to keep air conditioners efficient. This task could be trickier for people with equipment that runs on R-22 refrigerant. That’s because this type of refrigerant has been banned since January 2020.
A local plumber and HVAC expert explains what you should do if you still have an R-22 air conditioner or heat pump.
Why R-22 Refrigerant Was Phased Out
R-22 was the commonly used refrigerant for many years. However, while R-22 refrigerant does help an AC unit cool a living space, it can cause serious harm to the environment. Since 2020, the production and import of R-22 has been prohibited and many manufacturers are choosing refrigerants that are better for Mother Nature.
What to Do If You Have an R-22 AC Unit or Heat Pump
You have the option to retrofit your current HVAC system with a converter that will allow the use of other refrigerants. Similar to how you address an outdoor tankless water heater freezing, you’ll need to hire an experienced professional to retrofit your equipment. It’s because other refrigerants don’t run the same as R-22. Unfortunately, this service often costs more than simply replacing the existing unit.
The most cost-effective and safe option for homeowners with R-22 equipment is an AC or furnace replacement. It will save you from costly retrofits, lower your carbon footprint and reduce your energy costs. You’ll also notice a significant improvement in your indoor comfort and potentially increase the overall value of your property. If you are considering selling your home in the future, a new HVAC system can help you attract more prospective buyers.
Whether you need an AC replacement or a tankless water heater, McLay Services, Inc. is here to help. Call us at (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form to get an estimate. We serve customers in and around La Verne, CA.