R-22 vs. R410A -- A/C Upgrades You Need To Know About

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX 1st Class 0542725

January 1, 2010 HCFC Refrigerant Reduction Target

After 2010, chemical manufacturers may still produce R-22 to service existing equipment, but not for use in new equipment. As a result, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system manufacturers will only be able to use pre-existing supplies of R-22 to produce new air conditioners and heat pumps. These existing supplies would include R-22 recovered from existing equipment and recycled.

I'm told by A/C repair companies around here that the switch to Puron (or R410A) is coming to be required.  Basically, if you have an existing system on R-22, the cost of the R-22 is going to go up sharply.  So if your freon levels are low, you're going to pay.  If you have a leak in your system, your going to pay.

There is an inside and outside unit to every Central A/C system.  And if you need to replace only your outside unit, sorry, bad news.  In this case, they will then have to replace both units and bump you up to the new Puron (or R410A) system - by law.  This repair will cost thousands more than if you only had to replace just that outside unit.  Same holds true if you only needed to replace the inside unit.

If you are buying a new house or a resale home, having that A/C completely inspected by a licensed professional is that much more important.  If you are buying a new home, make sure you have the new technology.  There are inventory homes from builders on the ground right now using the old technology.  If the evaporator or condenser need replacing, even if you've only lived in the home for 1 month, you will need a complete system replacement.

This is my understanding from talking to my A/C repair guys.  Please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this.

Also, what does this mean for people with existing home warranties from companies like Old Republic Home Warranty, First American Home Warranty, and American Home Shield?

Has someone written a blog yet about the tax incentives for switching to the new system?  I believe you get a significant tax credit if you convert before the end of 2009.  So, if your system is old and ailing, check into that - you might be really glad you did.

I will post more info as I learn more!  Talk to a licensed AC professional to learn more.




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Comments (5)

Katiejo Franks
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Scottsdale, AZ

Thanks for sharing your post today. Best wishes to you.

Jun 30, 2009 08:47 AM
Kevin Heinrich
Heinrich Group - Clear Lake City, TX

Very interesting post did you check with your Home Warranty rep to see how this will effect your polices??

Jun 30, 2009 09:01 AM
League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE
RE/MAX 1st Class - League City, TX

Katiejo, no problem... hope you enjoyed it.

Kevin, I sent my rep from Old Republic an email link to this post.  I know she's on AR from time to time and maybe can shed some light on the subject.  If not, maybe you can ask her when you get home!!!

Jun 30, 2009 09:43 AM
Cathe Heinrich
Old Republic Home Protection - Houston, TX

We will "cross that bridge when we get there."  When the 13 SEER requirements were made Old Republic Home Protection (ORHP) and other warranty companies adjusted their coverage.  We went up in price (I think about $15) to compensate for the extra expenses of paying to upgrade an A/C to a 13 SEER A/C.  I don't know exactly how we will handle the new R410-A requirements, but I we have always taken care of homeowner's in the past and I'm positive we will do the same in the future. 

Jun 30, 2009 02:09 PM
League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE
RE/MAX 1st Class - League City, TX

Thanks, Cathe... I know we can count on you!

Jun 30, 2009 02:58 PM