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What Kind of Refrigerant Does My Air Conditioner Use?

What Kind of Refrigerant Does My Air Conditioner Use?

What Type of Refrigerant Does My Home AC use?

ACs built before 2010 use a refrigerant called R-22(also known as Freon®). Freon is a powerful greenhouse gas that is known to damage the earth's ozone layer. With the phasing out of older air conditioner refrigerants, such as R-22 (or Freon®) many homeowners are wondering if their cooling system is ready for the future without Freon.

If your air conditioner or heat pump was manufactured in 2010 or later, it will use HCFC-22, also known as Puron®. HCFC-22 is a newer, more environmentally friendly refrigerant that has proven to be very reliable. It also allows new air conditioners to run quieter and more efficiently.

If your air conditioner is still using older R-22, it will need to be upgraded in order to be compatible with R410A. When you upgrade your cooling system to R-410A a new line set and new evaporator coil will be installed to replace the older non-compatible equipment. If a leak develops in your older Freon-based system, it is often better to replace the system than attempt to repair the system and recharge it.

Have questions about the refrigerant in your central air conditioner? Call Gibson's Heating and Plumbing, we can help with all your home heating and cooling needs.

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