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R-22 Conversions in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The gradual phase-out of R-22 Freon started in 2010, resulting in a complete ban on production and importation in 2020. It’s increasingly important for homeowners with ACs and other equipment reliant on R-22 to figure out their next steps. While existing R-22 can still be used to recharge depleted systems, this supply will continue to dwindle and grow more expensive and difficult to obtain in the years to come.

Fortunately, the HVAC experts at United Air Temp are glad to help D.C. and NOVA residents with R-22 conversions. We can update your unit to be compatible with alternative refrigerants or replace your system with one that uses environmentally friendly refrigerants.

Request an R-22 Freon conversion by calling the team at United Air Temp today.

What Is Refrigerant?

Refrigerant is a fluid that transfers heat by changing back and forth between gaseous and liquid forms. It’s used in electrical HVAC equipment like air conditionersductless mini-splits, heat pumps, and similar equipment such as refrigerators and freezers.

Refrigerant continually cycles through the system and doesn’t go bad or need to be refilled. Refrigerant is only lost in a refrigerant leak, which is when R-22 Freon presents an issue.

What To Expect During an R-22 Conversion

Retrofitting an air conditioner or another HVAC system involves replacing the condenser, evaporator, and compressor to match the new refrigerant. Simply using a different refrigerant isn’t enough because it interacts differently with the other components of your system, requires different lubricants, etc.

That’s why it’s a job that needs to be completed by a highly trained HVAC technician. If not handled with care, DIY R-22 conversion will be a poor alternative to fully replacing your HVAC system. A haphazard conversion can lead to leaks, wear down your system prematurely, and leave you paying for repairs or replacement sooner than you otherwise would.

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Alternative Options for R-22 Systems

R-22 conversion isn’t the only option for homeowners. If you prefer, you can:

Recharge Your HVAC System With R-22

The use of R-22 isn’t banned, only its production. A supply of stockpiled and recycled refrigerant is still available, but the price will increase as availability declines.

This is an option that will only become less and less viable as time passes but is still feasible today. If your system isn’t leaking much, you might be able to last until it’s time for a replacement on one more recharge.

Replace Your HVAC System

If your system is over 10 years old, upgrading to a new unit will almost always make more financial sense. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of air conditioning replacement, such as enhanced efficiency and performance. R-22 conversion may not be worth the cost and logistics if your system has a limited service life.

Choose United Air Temp for R-22 Conversions

When you need to address refrigerant loss in an R-22 HVAC system, the experts at United Air Temp will be glad to help. We’ll explain all your options and find the best way forward for your home, budget, and comfort.

You can always count on our team for exceptional work, fast service, and friendly customer care.

Call today to schedule an R-22 conversion in Washington, D.C., or Northern Virginia. We’ll inspect your system and determine if AC repair, retrofit, or replacement is best.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common refrigerants used in place of R-22 Freon are R-410A Puron and R-407C Freon.

There is still a supply and market for preexisting R-22, but the supply will dwindle over time.

As a homeowner, you don’t have to take any immediate action. The ban is on further production and importation of R-22, and R-22-compatible HVAC systems are no longer manufactured. You only need to take action if you have a refrigerant leak.

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