There have been a lot of changes in automotive air conditioning systems over the last few years. In 2014, the EPA banned long-lived chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in some vehicle air conditioners as they could damage the ozone layer. This ban brought about the release of refrigerants containing hydrocarbons and hydrofluorocarbons called R-134a and R-410A, respectively.
R-410A is a newer refrigerant that has proven to be more environmentally friendly than its predecessor, and researchers found it to cause fewer problems for humans as well. Nevertheless, the R-410A has its issues that need to be dealt with.
With all the confusion over which refrigerant is best to use in a vehicle and how it should be installed, Dorman Products decided to clear things up for automotive owners. With that goal in mind, Dorman set out to design and publish an infographic on the new r410a air conditioner.
This infographic is full of information about this newer refrigerant, including some of its pros and cons, how it is different from older refrigerants, what problems are associated with it and how these problems can be mitigated.
The infographic production was a collaboration between Dorman and the R-410A Alliance. This collaboration aimed to give consumers who are looking to replace their old refrigerant an easy way to understand R-410A, how it operates, and its advantages and disadvantages.
Understanding When To Replace Your Air Conditioning System’s Refrigerant Is Important
Air conditioning systems have different refrigerants with varying lifetimes, power output, and environmental effects. At the same time, if you are evaluating these refrigerants concerning when they need to be replaced and what kind of refrigerator system you have, it’s helpful to know some of the basics of each refrigerant type so that you can decide which one is the right for you.
According to Dorman Products, approximately 20% of all vehicle air conditioning systems in use today use R-134a as their coolant.
Because of how environmentally friendly this refrigerant is compared to other coolants on the market, there has been a big push to get people to use R-134a instead of older versions. These manufacturers want to ensure that the consumption of R-134a refrigerant doesn’t get out of control and becomes a potential problem.
This is why it is essential to understand when to replace your air conditioning system’s refrigerant. Based on the age of the vehicle, here are some tips to help you determine when to replace your air conditioning system’s refrigerant.