Many products over the last year or so have seen a considerable supply shortage as demand rises as a result of our lifestyle changes during the pandemic. Air conditioning refrigerant is one of those products.
This shortage of refrigerant is not due to a lack of the coolant itself, rather a lack of steel production and labor. With limited steel containers to transport and supply the refrigerant, we've seen a price increase in 410A refrigerant around the globe.
R410A is a refrigerant used in air conditioners that is more energy-efficient and is less of a hazard to the environment than previous refrigerants.
Most units 10 years old or newer use 410A refrigerant. So, chances are if your AC unit is less than 10 years old, then yes, the price changes and supply will affect your home.
As with all technology, advancements are key. Engineers in the HVAC industry are always working on ways to improve our products so that they are more efficient, more affordable, and more environmentally friendly.
Reports find that 410A will be phased out by 2023 to make way for a new and improved refrigerant.
If your AC unit is older than 10 years, you might have already experienced a situation similar to this phase-out with the R22 refrigerant.
Not at all! Though there is a shortage, there is plenty of 410A to be had in the coming years. The only change to expect is longer wait times and price increases. So, make sure to schedule your appointments in Spring 2022 before the AC is needed, and you'll be prepared for the next cooling season!
If your air conditioner is not running to its full potential, schedule your appointment as soon as possible to try and limit your turnaround time during the shortage!