Many existing home and commercial air conditioners use R-22 coolant. R-22 was the old standard refrigerant that air conditioners used to create cold air. R-22 worked well, was inexpensive and many people were satisfied with their air conditioning system.
R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon “HCFC” and is very similar to the better known chlorofluorocarbon “CFC”. Both HCFC and CFC deplete the ozone layer. The stratospheric ozone layer protects Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet “UV” rays. The ozone layer is located between 6 and 30 miles above the crust of Earth. There is currently a hole in the ozone layer above parts of Antarctica and Australia. The hole is increased by CFCs and HCFCs.
Your air conditioner could be using R-22 and will damage the ozone layer if your coolant leaks from your air conditioner. Old air conditioners commonly start to leak refrigerant into the environment and into your home. The best course of action is to contact a professional to evaluate your current air conditioning system when you discover weak performance or ice accumulation around the pipes.
Contact ABEL if you think your air conditioner needs service or replacement. ABEL combines new technology with old-school values.