How will the Freon R22 affect you?
Retrofitting Older AC Systems
Though the EPA does not require homeowners to buy new air conditioning systems, retrofitting older systems is a valid option. Unfortunately, you cannot simply switch to refrigerants that do not harm the ozone. Newer air conditioners have compressors and other parts which work only with specific chemicals. This also does not mean that the AC system must be replaced.
If the coils are compatible with R410A refrigerant, HVAC technicians can replace the outdoor unit without needing to modify other components throughout your house. This solution can be expensive, but it will keep your current AC system working. Plus, switching to R410A may make it more energy efficient. Routine service is more important for these retrofitted systems to prevent leaks and any harmful effect on the environment.
Replacing Older AC Systems
If your air conditioning unit was manufactured prior to 2010, you may opt to replace it. After all, the average lifespan of an HVAC system is 15 years. Modern air conditioners are more environmentally friendly and also more energy efficient. Lower utility bills are a factor to consider when determining the best solution. Many homeowners choose to replace older systems rather than to retrofit them because it ensures greater long-term savings.
UPDATE: PRODUCTION OF FREON REFRIGERANT IS NOW BANNED IN THE U.S. – What does this mean for Homeowners?
If you are unsure about the type of refrigerant used in your HVAC unit or would like professional advice on the best solution for an older unit, call Bob Oliver Heating and Air Conditioning at 515-277-1696 You can also request a quote online for HVAC system services.