What is R-22? First introduced in the 1930s, it will soon become unavailable for AC replacements and new installations in Summerfield, NC. Why is it being phased out of existence? As a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), R-22 contains chlorine. When leaked into the atmosphere, it damages the ozone layer that protects us from ultraviolet radiation. Since 2004, governments around the world have taken steps to eliminate the ozone-depleting substance.

What Does the Phase-Out Mean to You?

Starting on on January 1, 2020, the production and import of R-22 will come to an end. You won’t be required to stop using it in your current AC equipment, however. Recycled, reclaimed and recovered HCFC refrigerants can still be used to service existing systems. It’s important to note that costs are likely to increase as supplies decrease. If you have an older system, it’s time to start thinking about an AC replacement.

New Eco-Friendly Refrigerants

For more than a decade, HVAC manufacturers have been working hard at developing new refrigerants. Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blends like R-410A are now common. New Trane HVAC systems have used R-410A since 2009. Because the new refrigerants operate at different temperatures and pressures than HCFCs, substitutions require retrofitting existing equipment. In most cases, a new installation is the only way to enjoy the benefits of an eco-friendly system.

AC Replacements and New Installations

Air conditioning systems and heat pumps have undergone numerous design changes to accommodate the new refrigerants. That’s great news for anyone in North Carolina considering a new installation. Today’s AC systems last longer and are more energy efficient than ever before. If you have an older system or one that needs frequent repairs, a replacement can save you a bundle of money.

For more information about eco-friendly ways to keep cool in your North Carolina home, explore our full range of air conditioning services or call Total Heating & Cooling at 336-542-5996.