If you have an air conditioner that uses R-22 refrigerant it is advisable that you retrofit your air conditioner to one that uses R-410A. Several years ago, the EPA put into law new regulations that require the gradual phase-out of air conditioners that run on R-22. In fact, it is no longer legal for air conditioner manufacturers to make R-22 units. Your local heating and air conditioning company might be able to sell you one if they have one left over in their warehouse from the days when they could be manufactured, and they will likely be willing to sell an R-22 air conditioner to you for a significant discount.
Do not fall into this trap. The transition to air conditioners that run on R-410A has been slower than the EPA anticipated largely because of situations such as these. This slower transition has resulted in an estimated 27.5 million pound shortfall of R-22. What this means is that you may not have much luck in the future acquiring R-22 refrigerant for your system should you need it for a repair. Think ahead and don’t find yourself in the group of people that will be “left out in the heat.” Consider replacing your R-22 air conditioner with an R-410A air conditioner today.
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