Making the Switch from R-22 to
R-410A AC Units

Posted On: May 14, 2013

Refrigerants are what make air conditioning your home possible. Contained within the coils of air conditioning units, these liquid agents cool and dehumidify indoor air. For many years (probably since the 1970s), the most common refrigerant used in air conditioning systems in Kansas City, Lenexa, Olathe, and Overland Park was R-22. Since R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon, however, it contains environmentally harmful ozone-depleting chlorine. As of 2010, the manufacture of systems using R-22 was prohibited, and by 2020, the production of R-22 itself must cease.

New AC units must use ozone-friendly R-410A, or Puron. Since R-410A is an EPA-recognized chlorine-free refrigerant, it is considered ozone-friendly and beneficial to the environment.

To learn more, call Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at (913) 535-8002(913) 535-8002.

Homeowners with R-22 Units Are at a Financial Disadvantage

As temperatures increase with the onset of spring, so, too, will the cost for repairing and refilling air conditioners with R-22. Here at Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we’ve already started warning our customers seeking AC repairs to be prepared for a major jump in adding the gas that provides the coolant in these air conditioners. Compared to just a year ago, the price for putting R-22 in a residential or commercial air conditioner will be significantly more expensive.

This price increase mostly impacts air conditioners that were manufactured before 2010. It’s being speculated that the cost of R-22 will increase by approximately five percent per year until it’s completely phased out.

This means now is the right time to schedule AC replacement and get that new R-410A AC system. Contact us online today to schedule replacement or keep reading to learn about the benefits of R-410A systems.

Homeowners Benefit from R-410A Units

Besides R-410A units causing less damage to the environment and costing less to repair (compared to old R-22 units), there are other advantages to using R-410A-based equipment. For one thing, equipment with R-410A is at least five percent more efficient than equipment with R-22. Also, R-410A-based compressors run cooler than R-22 compressors and, consequently, are less likely to overheat and burn out.

Another key benefit of R-410A AC systems is that they use new, synthetic lubricants which circulate more efficiently than the mineral oil used to lubricate R-22 system. This means less wear and tear on the unit’s moving parts. Finally, since they operate under higher pressure than R-22-based condensers, R-410A-based condensers are constructed with stronger, thicker shells—this reduces the noise and vibrations created by the compressor and puts less of a strain on the piping connections, which reduces the incidence of refrigerant leaks.

Not only will you be paying more if you have an R-22 AC unit, you’re missing out on a more efficient unit that’s easily available to you. Homeowners throughout Kansas City, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, and nearby areas have much to gain by switching over to a new R-410A AC unit.

Contact Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to schedule installation of an R-410A AC system. We have been proudly serving KS for over two decades now, and we can’t wait to assist you.

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