Refrigerants are necessary for the use of
Atlanta HVAC units like air conditioners, but it turns out that some of the popular
refrigerants that have been widely used are harmful to the environment.
Two types of refrigerants called CFCs and HCFCs began to be phased out
of use in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the popular R-22 is scheduled
to be phased out by 2020. Here is the homeowner's guide to air conditioner
The HCFC refrigerant called R-22 has been widely used for air conditioning
systems and heat pumps for almost half a century. Unfortunately, it has
been found to deplete ozone as well as contribute to global warming. The
beginning of HCFC banning occurred in January of 2003, and by January
of 2010 R-22 could only be imported or produced for use in existing HVAC
equipment. By January of 2020,
only recycled and recovered R-22
will be acceptable for use.
Refrigerants like CFCs and HCFCs are much less dangerous when they are
handled appropriately; it is when they are not recycled or recovered properly
or they leak into the air when they become much more harmful. This is
why HVAC units that use these refrigerants are allowed to continue to
do so for the time being. Your air conditioner repair specialist can safely
service your R-22 unit; although retrofits such as R-407C may be used,
they are not necessary.
With the phasing out of R-22, new heat pumps and air conditioning units
have been redesigned to accommodate new refrigerants. A new air conditioning
installation may make use of the R-410A refrigerant as well as a new condenser
and evaporator. The efficiency of these newer units may not only benefit
the environment but also your bank account.
For more information about air conditioner refrigerants, contact
Estes Heating and Air Conditioning or visit our website. We are a residential AC service that specializes
in air conditioner installation, maintenance, and repair in the Atlanta
area. You can find out more about our air conditioning services by calling
us at (404) 361-6560 or stopping in and meeting with us.