Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Refrigerant Phase Out’

What’s the Difference Between Puron and Freon?

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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We often get questions about the basics of air conditioning from our customers. We’re glad to help: providing expertise is part of our job! A question we sometimes get is about the different types of refrigerants, and specifically a confusion about the term “Freon” and the newer term “Puron.” This is an understandable confusion because “Freon” is a word that’s used often in a way that’s confusing to someone who isn’t an HVAC technician.

Although it may seem like a small technical point, the difference between Freon and Puron is important because it’s connected to the recent phase-out of older refrigerants. This can mean the difference in whether you choose to replace your current AC. 

Anyway, let’s get into the nitty-gritty details…

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R22 Refrigerant Phase-Out: Know Your Options

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Close-up photo of the insulated refrigerant pipelines connected to the air handling unitRefrigerant. It’s one of those terms you’ve likely heard before. You probably have an idea of what it is, and maybe even a very basic understanding of how it works, but that’s probably where your knowledge ends.

You may have even had a handyman or misleading professional tell you at some point that refrigerant needs to be refilled (what we in the HVAC industry call recharged) once a year—this isn’t true. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means you have a leak that must be repaired before being recharged. Ideally, your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire lifespan.

If you have an older system (10 years +) chances are very likely that it has refrigerant in it called R22. This type of refrigerant is being phased out due to its harmful effects on the environment, particularly its ozone-depleting properties.

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