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Question DetailsAsked on 8/17/2016

I'm replacing my central AC with a R22 unit vs a R410A unit, is that ok? I live in Chicago.

I'm replacing the air handler also,

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Legal, but why - R-410a units are not signfiicantly more expensive, and while that gas too will be phased out in a decade or so, is likely (though not guaranteed) to be cheaper to recharge in the future than R-22, which is (this year and forward) being produced at lower quantities than unit recharging demand so the price is rocketing up. Not that R-410a prices are not unreasonably going up too because of that (what the market will bear pricing), but sounds to me like you might be getting an older off-the-shelf unit manufactured before the ban date on new R-22 units which the contractor wants to get rid of - which may also mean it has been sitting in storage for quite a while which is not great for them either.

Between the potential significantly greater cost and potential difficulty in the future of getting replacement gas if needed due to a leak or repair losses, plus the fact that the unit will not be able to use R-410a and uyou might not be able to get replacement evaporator coil for it when that goes out in a decade or so, I can't see any benefit in going with an R-22 unit. I would get one that you would expect to be able to readily get gas and parts for in the future, at probably not more than a hundred or two $ additional.

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