Prior to 2010, most air-conditioning units operated using R22 refrigerant, which is known as Freon. R22 is being phased out and will no longer be manufactured beginning in 2020. That’s because R22 is considered to be harmful to Earth’s ozone layer.
After the ban is implemented, some R22 will be available in recycled form, but the price will rise as the stock dwindles.
If you have replaced your unit since 2010, you most likely already have a unit with a newer coolant, R410A. To check your air conditioning unit’s coolant source, contact a qualified air conditioner technician to check it, or you may be able to find details on the unit, itself.
If your older AC unit is working fine, and you don’t want to replace it yet, you can continue to use it. However, when the cooling efficiency begins to wane, you may find that replacing it is more cost effective than prolonging the unit's life using the recycled R22 canisters.
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