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The R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout Is Underway — Do You Know What That Means?

If you have an air conditioning system that was installed before 2010, you have likely heard about the R-22 refrigerant phaseout. To meet the terms of the Montreal Protocol, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandated the gradual elimination of the refrigerant R-22 by 2020 because of its detrimental, depleting effect on the atmosphere’s ozone layer. Used in its place, for the most part, is R-410A, a more eco-friendly refrigerant formula. However, R-410A can only be used in newer air conditioning systems that are engineered for the higher pressure that R-410-A requires to work properly.

Because of the R-22 refrigerant phaseout, demand is expected to far exceed the supply of R-22 for the 2013 cooling season and thereafter. Estimates call for 30 percent less R-22 available in 2013 than there was for 2012. For homeowners with older air conditioning systems, that means higher prices and limited availability if their systems need servicing or repairs.

Instead of paying a premium this year for R-22 refrigerant for your older air conditioning system, you might want to consider replacing your older unit with a new energy-efficient air conditioning system that uses R-410A. Not only will you save money on the refrigerant, but you’ll likely save a considerable amount on your air cooling bill this summer and beyond.

If you’d like to explore the possibility of replacing the old A/C in your San Diego area home, please contact us at Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning. We’re committed to offering prompt, quality service to homeowners like you.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about R-22 refrigerant and other HVAC topics, visit our website.