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How often does an Air Conditioner need Freon or Puron?

Published on: February 18, 2013

If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be performing well, you may be thinking about the need for more refrigerant. While you might be mechanically inclined, it’s important to realize that there are many regulations and issues involving refrigerants. It’s important to use the correct product for your system. Furthermore, most suppliers of HVAC refrigerants will only sell to licensed repair contractors. It’s best to contact a properly licensed company to provide the necessary AC service.

When Does an Air Conditioner Need Freon or Puron?

We recommend an annual tune-up of your system. Air conditioner maintenance includes an inspection of the interior and exterior areas of your unit. We recharge refrigerant according to the type of system you have. If your air conditioning unit is older, it probably uses Freon. A more modern unit will likely use Puron as its refrigerant. These products cannot be used interchangeably, and it’s important to work with a licensed contractor who is competent in the handling of these products.

Making sure that your system is serviced each year will allow you to keep it operating at manufacturer standards. This will affect both the energy efficiency and longevity of the system, keeping your energy bills and air conditioner repair needs limited. Tune-up services can eliminate nearly 95 percent of repair issues in a home’s HVAC system, an important consideration when the economy is slow. The efficiency of your system also affects the environment through conservation of energy resources.

Should I Replace My Air Conditioner if it Uses Freon?

It’s important to realize that Freon has been tied to problems with depletion of the ozone layer. This doesn’t mean that you need to rush to replace your air conditioning unit. However, you do need to be aware of the impact this will have on your maintenance and costs.

The United States has agreed to meet specific obligations as part of the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement related to the environment. Over time, the country will reduce its use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons like Freon. By 2020, only recovered and recycled HCFCs will be permitted for service on existing units. Effective January 1, 2010, HVAC manufacturers were not permitted to produce new heat pumps or air conditioners that contained Freon.

The limitations on availability of Freon will affect costs of using the product to service your system. Of course, older equipment won’t last forever. You should already be planning for the eventual replacement of your existing system. When you decide to upgrade, your choices will be those that use Puron as a refrigerant.

Replacement of a Freon-based system is also an excellent consideration because of modern efficiency developments. Today’s air conditioners are better for the environment because of improved energy use. As less energy is required to cool your home, you will be making an environmental impact. You’ll also appreciate the lower energy bills that result. Our contractors can provide you with information about the best systems for your home if you are thinking about the need for replacement.

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