Making the Switch from Air Conditioning Refrigerant 22 (R-22) to Refrigerant 410A (R-410A)
Advice from Central Florida AC Installation Company on Making the Switch from Air Conditioning Refrigerant 22 (R-22) to Refrigerant 410A (R-410A):
Did you know that as of January 1, 2015 the U.S. is required to reduce its consumption of HCFC’s by 90% of its baseline? R-22, an HCFC, was the refrigerant of choice for residential air conditioning units for several decades, but in 2010 companies were no longer allowed to produce or import this refrigerant for new units, which is why many manufacturers began producing units that used an alternative, R-410A. While R-22 may still be used to service existing units, R-410A is the new standard and every Florida AC repair company should have technicians that are knowledgeable and trained in working with all types of refrigerants and systems.
Why the switch from R-22 to R-410A?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “HCFCs [hydrochloroflourocarbons] are substances that deplete the ozone layer.” Industrialized countries are given a limit as to how much HCFCs are imported and produced with the percentage decreasing every set number of years, until HCFC production and import is finally put to an end in 2030. R-410A does not affect ozone depletion, but it does contribute to global warming, which is why the EPA continues to evaluate newly developed refrigerants.
As we mentioned, R-410A is considered to be an environmentally safe alternative to R-22. When handled by properly trained AC technicians, like the ones at Florida Cold Air, it is also safe to store, use, and transport. Because R-410A has higher system pressures it’s more efficient than R-22. A high efficiency cooling system is a benefit to the consumer because it’s more economically friendly.
R -410A Cons
There is no true con to the consumer in a system with 410A equipment. However, it is important that owners of this equipment make sure that the AC repair company that is serving their unit is trained and certified in working with these types of units. A trained technician will know how to work with these higher pressure units and understand the differences in the compressors, refrigerant lines, metering devices, and more. They should be aware that parts designed for an R-22 should not be used in an R-410A.
We can help!
Florida Cold Air makes sure that all technicians are properly trained and certified in safety, maintenance/repair, and installation of a wide variety of units including R-22 and R-410A. We have all the tools necessary for the job and make sure our technicians stay educated about new updates in the HVAC industry. We value our South Florida Florida customers and would never do anything to compromise their safety or their money. If your unit is in need of repair or you’d like us to install a new unit, please give us a call today!