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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

August 05, 2020

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner functions, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental laws, because of the chemicals it contains.

Based on when your air conditioner was put in, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Plainfield, as well as how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It No Longer Being Made?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner uses it by calling us at 815-410-1231. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your house. This sticker will contain details on what type of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also called R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, banned its production and import in January 2020.

I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?

It depends. If your air conditioning is cooling as designed, you can continue to use it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling bills!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could cause a problem if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be higher-priced, since only reduced amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to create global warming. As a consequence, it might also eventually be ended. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some companies have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming possibility—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy consumption by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be sent on to you through your cooling costs.

PWA Heating & Cooling Inc Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you greatly until you have to have repairs. But as we reviewed beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant may be more expensive because of the low levels available.

Aside from that, your air conditioner typically malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the warmest day when we’re getting many other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a discontinued refrigerant or is getting old, we advise getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and may even reduce your cooling costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, PWA Heating & Cooling Inc has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 815-410-1231 to get started now with a free estimate.