Your heat pump is a reliable source of efficient heat during cold fall and winter months. But are you giving it the refrigerant it needs? Rapid Repair Experts has some tips to determine whether you should be using R410A refrigerant in your heat pump.
R22 HVAC refrigerant
Refrigerant is the fluid that allows a heat pump to move heat into or out of the home. This is why a heat pump can act as both a heating system and an air conditioner. R22, commonly referred to as Freon, was the most widely used refrigerant in residential HVAC systems for many years. That is, until recently. Since R22 was found to have adverse environmental effects, its production was banned by the year 2020. This leaves many homeowners in somewhat of a predicament.
R410A refrigerant for heat pumps
The R22 production ban means that remaining supplies of the refrigerant will continue to dwindle. As this happens, R22 will increase in price and decrease in availability. So, what can you do? Fortunately, there’s a better alternative. R410A is more efficient and doesn’t deplete the ozone layer like R22. Using R410A will save you money on both recharge costs and energy bills.
Upgrade to an R410A heat pump from Rapid Repair Experts
While R410A is the better refrigerant choice, it’s not as simple as just buying a different refrigerant. Heat pumps are designed to use specific refrigerants; therefore, you can’t recharge your R22 system with R410A refrigerant. If you want to use R410A, you’ll need a new heat pump. This is where many homeowners become skeptical. Why purchase a new heat pump just to use a different refrigerant? Well, there are a few reasons. One, R410A heat pumps are more efficient and use less energy to heat your home. Two, R22 supplies continue to rise in price. Finally, R22 is becoming scarce, so you’ll have to spend time locating reliable sources.
Refrigerant leak in Raleigh
Keep in mind that heat pumps recycle refrigerant. Therefore, if your system needs a recharge, it has a leak somewhere. If your heat pump is leaking refrigerant, call Rapid Repair Experts. Our expert HVAC technicians will recharge your system and repair any leaks or damage present.
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