Are you up to date with the latest information in the refrigerant industry? Do you know that refrigerant standards have changed? In fact, you may have to take a closer look at your air conditioning unit if it still operates on Freon or R22. There are many important changes in the HVAC-R industry and these changes will affect the air conditioner units in most of the residences and commercial establishments in this day and age. Freon or R22 was the most popular coolant used in almost 90% of AC units in homes and commercial establishments for many decades. But the substance was found to deplete the ozone layer of the planet. This discovery was made in the mid-1980s. The Montreal Protocol signed by the world leaders in 1987 decided to phase out all substances that deplete the ozone layer – including R22. In fact, the final phase-out of R22 is supposed to be completed in January 2020. After this date, Freon or R22 won’t be available on the market even for the purpose of servicing the current HVAC-R units in the country. That is why every homeowner and office manager should consider replacing R22 in their HVAC-R systems before this date. This article provides information on whether you should replace your air conditioner system right now.
Although R22 is still being manufactured and imported in limited quantities to service the existing units around the country, a pound of R22 has skyrocketed in the recent past. Due to the supply and demand situation on the market, unscrupulous suppliers have stocked up R22 and are charging in excess of $105 per pound of R22 today. The price is supposed to increase even further when the refrigerant is fully phased out in 2020. That is why you should seriously consider replacing your HVAC-R systems if they still run on Freon or R22. There are many methods of facing up to the phasing out of R22 in 2020. Here are some factors that you need to consider before making the decision to replace your HVAC-R systems with units that operate on eco-friendly alternative refrigerants.
If your HVAC system is fairly new and operating perfectly at the moment, you shouldn’t be in a hurry to replace it even if it is operating on R22. The most important thing is to implement an effective preventive maintenance schedule to protect the unit from any refrigerant leakages. That way you can prolong the lifespan of the unit for many years to come. You won’t have to worry about replacing the AC system if you can maintain it properly and let it operate smoothly for many years to come. But if your HVAC system is fairly old and operates on R22, you have an imminent problem. What if the system experiences a refrigerant leak? How will you refill R22 when the substance is so expensive? If money isn’t an issue, you can still find R22 on the market at a price of around $105 per pound. But you may find it really hard to come by R22 when the substance is completely banned in January 2020. The price of the substance is supposed to further skyrocket after the ban. Hence, you should consider these facts before making a decision whether or not to replace your existing HVAC-R system with a brand new, energy efficient unit.
If your HVAC-R system is quite old and already giving trouble, the best thing is to replace it with an energy efficient unit that runs on an alternative refrigerant that is environmentally friendly. That way you can easily save a lot of money in the long run. There are many energy efficient HVAC-R units on the market today. Most of these units run on an alternative eco-friendly coolant. You can easily find such a unit by doing a little bit of research on your part. The internet is the best place to perform such research. You will find a host of websites, blogs, and HVAC technicians who are ready to help you make the shift before R22 will be completely phased out in January 2020.
On the other hand, what if your HVAC-R unit is somewhat old but could be used for some time to come. If you own such a unit, the best thing is to replace the R22 in the system with an energy efficient and eco-friendly alternative coolant. This is where you should be very careful when choosing a compatible coolant for your R22 unit. Although there is a dozen of alternative refrigerants on the market today, all of these coolants aren’t compatible with units that run on R22. There are a few coolants that are compatible with R22 units. You should work with a qualified and experienced HVAC-R technician in the area in order to choose such a refrigerant for your system.
TdX 20 is one of the most popular alternative refrigerants on the market today. There are many reasons for the popularity of this alternative substance. The most important reason is the energy efficiency of the substance. In fact, it helps to save more than 25% of the electricity when operating the HVAC system. You don’t have to replace the entire system when shifting to TdX 20 from R22. Replacing only the coolant will do the trick since TdX 20 is compatible with units that run on R22. That is why you should consider shifting to TdX 20 with immediate effect if your old AC system is still running on R22. It is the best way to save your money in the long run. You don’t have to spend money on replacing the entire HVAC unit but only the refrigerant when you decide to use TdX 20 instead of R22. These are important things that you need to consider when it is time to replace your air conditioning systems due to the phasing out of R22 or Freon by the end of January 2020.