If your air conditioning was installed before 2010 you probably have a refrigerant called R22. This refrigerant was instituted in the 1950s and became the refrigerant used in the HVAC industry. By 1980 the world started to understand that they were contributing to the depletion of the ozone from the R22 refrigerant. In the beginning of 2010 manufacturing and import of R22 would be prohibited. Current equipment would be considered case by case. R22 was still available for sale until 2015. By 2020 R22 will no longer be available for sale,at least in the us. There are options available for R22. There is recycled R22 .
Prices for R22 freon will start rising the closer we get to 2020. The “virgin” R22 will become very valuable and prices to repair these older units will cost almost as much as replacement.
The main concern for HVAC companies is the parts availability for repairing the old freon systems and the freon leaking into the ozone. If you replace your condenser with another R22 condenser there is always a concern about the air conditioning coil leaking (inside furnace ). Concerns about internal leaks in this coil. No parts available for repair. So now you are out the money for the condenser because you will need to upgrade the condenser and the coil to convert to the new refrigerant 410A.
The simplest option is to upgrade to a new air conditioning system especially if the system is over 10 years old. Upgrade to the new 410A freon system and you will have peace of mind knowing you did the right thing.
Do your due diligence and research products and companies before you buy. Ace Hi Plumbing,Heating and Air has been here since 1996. We offer fair pricing and top quality service.