Why you should know if your air conditioner uses R-22 refrigerant

Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could imply a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired.
If your unit takes R-22 refrigerant, the US plans to phase it out by 2020. Studies have shown that the use of this refrigerant has a damaging effect on the ozone layer. Up until 2015, air conditioners could still be manufactured to use R-22 refrigerant.  The phase out has driven up the price to be cost prohibitive for consumers and manufactures are rationing the amount of R-22 refrigerant being sold to HVAC contractors.
To tell which refrigerant your air conditioner takes, look at the label on your compressor unit.  The label will either have type R-410A which is the newer type or the older type identified as HCFC-22 or R-22.
If you have an air conditioner that uses R-22, contact Family Air to do a tune-up on your system and get small leads fixed to help reduce future costs and extend the life of your system.

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