Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Refrigerant’

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

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

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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Heat Pump Guide: Heat Pumps and Environmentally Friendly Refrigerant

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Heat pumps are an incredibly efficient way to heat and cool your home in Melbourne, FL. Instead of creating heat by burning a fuel source, as is the case with a gas-fired furnace, heat pumps simply move heat from one place to another. The heat pumps move heat using a refrigerant that is pumped through a series of coils. That refrigerant can be potentially harmful to the environment. But in recent years, there have been technological developments with the refrigerant that makes it more friendly to the environment. Here is some information about that new refrigerant.

How Heat Pumps Use Refrigerants

Refrigerant liquids are very sensitive to heat and have a low boiling point. It is this property that allows them to absorb and release heat very quickly. That property makes it ideal for systems that need to transport heat: like your car’s radiator and a heat pump. Your heat pump circulates the refrigerant between two sets of evaporator coils: one set inside your home and the other outside in the condensing unit.

Old Refrigerant

The old refrigerant that has been used in air conditioning units and heat pumps was called R22. The brand name for R22 was Freon, and it was commonly used for many years.  However, due to its high ozone depletion potential, it was phased out in the United States and Canada. There are still systems in existence that use R22, however manufacturers are no longer allowed to produce systems that use R22.

The New Refrigerant

A new refrigerant, called R-410A, do not contain chlorine, as was the case with R22, and thus do not contribute to ozone depletion. This new type of refrigerant is used in most new heat pumps and can be serviced by your local Melbourne heating contractor.

If you have a heat pump at your Melbourne home and would like to get it serviced, contact the experts at Next Generation. Our trained technicians have experience working with all types and brands of heat pumps. Give us a call today.

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Schedule an AC Tune Up Today!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

AC Refrigerant | Melbourne | Next Generation Air and Heat

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, it can be a big problem. Low refrigerant can be cause either by a leak or by an undercharged installation. Either way, you will need an HVAC technician to fix the leak or make sure that the air conditioner has enough refrigerant. The performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is significantly impacted by its refrigerant level, so if you suspect a problem, give Next Generation Air & Heating a call today!

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