If your HVAC system was installed before 2010, chances are good that it still uses the discontinued R-22 refrigerant otherwise known as AC Freon. In 2010, the US Government called for all HVAC systems to no longer use freon because it was harmful to the ozone. While it is still being manufactured to maintain the remaining units that use it. Time is catching up to those units and by 2020, AC Freon will no longer be made for them. Should you act now, or do you have a little more time?
Checking to see what your next move should be
To see if your unit still uses R-22, then you can either check the system manual, find the info online, or check the unit nameplate which is found on the outdoor condenser. If it does use R-22, then you might wanna check into when it was installed. From there, ask yourself: How well has my HVAC system been performing lately? Have I had any issues with temperature control or air flow? You see, the average AC unit only lasts between 10-15 years. Being that these units were installed before 2010 and it’s been 8 years since the beginning of the transition away from R-22—It might be time to upgrade unless your unit is still doing relatively well, all things considered.
Retrofitting or Upgrading
It is possible to have a professional to come and alter your unit so that it can use other refrigerants (also known as ‘drop-ins’) like MO99. However, the best choice would be to upgrade to a modern system that uses R410A refrigerant.
We’re getting closer to the years when you’ll have to make the call, and something like this isn’t something you wanna put off for too long. Now is a great time to look into seeing if you need to upgrade your HVAC system to something more modern and more efficient. Contact one our specialists today and we’ll be happy to help you get started!