As of 2020, R-22 refrigerant has been officially phased out. That means homes or businesses that still use this old refrigerant option are facing costly or even impossible repairs when they develop leaks or start to run low. Now is the time to start thinking about whether an R-22 conversion or a replacement is a better option, so you can be confident that your system will deliver cool, reliable air all summer long.
If it’s time for a replacement or for R-22 conversion for your Bainbridge or Thomasville, GA home, call Harrell King Heating & Air at 229-243-8040. You can also contact us online to learn more about this process or to get a free quote.
What Is R-22 Conversion?
R-22 conversion is a process wherein an HVAC professional retrofits an old HVAC system to work using the R410A refrigerant rather than the phased-out R-22. You can’t simply replace the refrigerant, because the two systems operate differently. For your current AC to take R-22, it must be modified.
Benefits of R-22 Conversion
There are several reasons to consider investing in an R-22 conversion. With the conversion process, you don’t have to replace your entire unit. You can continue enjoying reliable cooling from your existing unit, without an expensive replacement but with the updated refrigerant. While the conversion isn’t a cheap fix, it is often less expensive than a full system replacement.
Drawbacks of R-22 Conversion
If it costs less, then the R-22 conversion is the clear best choice for your old system, right? Not necessarily. There are some significant drawbacks to opting for conversion, which include:
- Lost efficiency. Your retrofitted system will lose efficiency, because it simply wasn’t designed to run on today’s refrigerant.
- Voided warranty. Making this type of retrofit may void the manufacturer’s warranty on your unit, if it still is in place.
- Voided safety certification. Likewise, if you use refrigerant other than what the manufacturer designed the system to run on, its safety certification is no longer valid. This means it can be dangerous to make this switch.
In the long run, retrofitting your system may actually end up costing more through lost efficiency and safety issues. Replacement may be a better solution to dealing with the problems created by the R-22 phaseout.
Replacement or Conversion? Harrell King Is the Right Choice
Whether you choose to save a little money and do the conversion or choose to replace your system, Harrell King has your needs covered. Our team will help you weigh the pros and cons of your choice to make the right one. We will then use our HVAC expertise to do the job well, ensuring your new or newly converted system operates as efficiently as possible. It’s our goal to help you enjoy a functional system, without unwanted frustration, as you navigate the changes brought on by the R-22 phaseout.
Call Harrell King Heating & Air now at 229-243-8040 to discuss your needs. Our Bainbridge and Thomasville HVAC technicians are standing by to help. Contact us today to get the answers to your R-22 questions from our qualified AC technicians.