by Nick Clement
on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at 12:20pm.
R-22 and You
This is not a new change. The government has been phasing out different types of coolant since 1985. You may remember years ago they did the same thing with R13.
This should not scare you and is just a product of our government taking the lead toward more environmental-friendly practices.
How old is your current appliance… over 20 years old it is probably time to replace and go with a new updated system with new refrigerants available or another great energy-efficient option is to convert your home to a ductless mini-split system.
A new traditional system will include indoor coil replacement (evaporator coil in the furnace) and an outdoor unit (condensing unit with compressor). New systems are more efficient.
If the old appliance works fine, and, just needs a recharge… things to consider, how much charge is needed… typical condensers hold about 5 lbs of refrigerant based on a typically sized home 2,000 square feet. 1 or 2 lbs, not a serious leak, leak check, fix leak and recharge. If more than half the charge is gone, more serious leaks and start thinking replacement. Alternative refrigerants are available for cheaper pricing than R-22, however, alternative refrigerants are usually blends and there are other concerns than cost alone. Probably best to consider the replacement of the whole appliance.
If your appliance has R410A it is already a newer appliance and repair or recharge would usually be a better option.
Know who you are working with:
Beware of high-pressure sales, special offers good today only, not allowing you time to research or think…
Because new systems are more efficient, BTU capacity should be comparable or possibly a little less. Don’t buy an oversized system which is not necessary.
When you have a warranty on the home talk to the warranty company and see what they will cover. Do not be afraid of asking questions. Remember, stop and pause before doing anything. Make sure not to rush. Do your homework.