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Air Conditioning Tip: R-22 versus R-410A Systems

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 9:53 am

There are countless reasons why you ought to work with a professional AC technician when purchasing a new air conditioning system for your home. Put simply, there are just far too many factors to consider when deciding upon a new system to do it all on your own. Not only does working with a professional Melbourne, FL AC technician ensure that you will find the right style air conditioner for your home, but you can also have any questions answered by a qualified party. On issue many homeowners must now consider is whether to keep their old systems, using R-22 refrigerant in the cooling process, or to upgrade to a newer system using the more environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant. Here is some information to consider from the AC pros at Next Generation.

Since 2010, AC manufacturers have been prohibited from making any new systems with R-22. While there are still many systems in homes across the country using R-22, there is a schedule in place to completely phase out the production of R-22 by 2020. At this point, only small amount of R-22 is being produced to repair existing systems. Still, some manufacturers are still producing what are known as dry charged R-22 units, designed to utilize R-22 but not actually charged with any. These units are used to swap out with older systems should a homeowner choose to do so.

While keeping your existing equipment may sound tempting, you must keep in mind that these dry charged units are newly manufactured, meaning that their SEER rating may not be compatible with your existing coils and other equipment. Plus, the R-22 required to now charge the new system adds to its cost. When you keep in mind that eventually, within the lifespan of your system, most likely, R-22 will be phased out entirely, it may make more sense for homeowners looking to replace their system to opt for an R-410A model.

There has been some talk about R-410a not cooling as effectively as R-22. The truth is, though, that while there may be some small difference between the 2, the sizing of the system is what matters. A 3 ton AC using either refrigerant is going to perform at the same level. For more information, give Next Generation a call. We’ll make sure that you are satisfied with your air conditioning in Melbourne, FL.

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