If your home or business has a Phoenix air conditioning system or heat pump, you probably understand the importance of refrigerants in ensuring that your system provides only the coolest air. What you may not know is that this refrigerant may be helping to deplete the ozone, and adding to the problem of global warming. If your system uses R-22 refrigerant, also known has HCFC-22, you may be surprised to learn that the production of this substance is being gradually phased out, worldwide. In accordance with the Montreal Protocol, established in 1987, the U.S. has agreed to reduce production and importation of R-22 and other ozone-depleting substances over the next few years, until 2020 when it will cease entirely1.
Initially this may sound alarming, but it is important to understand that its production is being restricted and not its use.Scottsdale AC repair companies will still be able to provide your existing systems with R-22 when they need serviced or recharged. Although as time passes, supply will decrease and prices may ultimately increase. While this is a gradual process, you may be wondering about the proposed options for a solution to the phaseout. You may have your system retrofitted into compatibility with environmentally safe refrigerants such as the R-410A, or you may choose to have a new system installed altogether. Trane offers a wide selection of high efficiency systems that are capable of providing you with great cooling results and significantly reduced energy expenses.
How do you determine if your system uses R-22? In 2010, the U.S. government stopped production of new systems which use R-221. If your system was manufactured before 2010, it is likely that it does, but you can be sure by checking your owner’s manual, or by checking your outside unit to see if it displays the type that is used. In addition, you can call AAA Cooling Specialists in Fountain Hills to ask one of our knowledgeable associates about your system make and model. If you are considering a new system installation, call us today to ask about current rebates and tax incentives. We would love to serve you!