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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

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

Based on when your air conditioner was put in, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Plainfield, in addition to how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it possibly uses Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner uses it by reaching us at 815-410-1231. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your residence. This sticker will include info on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

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

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

It differs. If your air conditioning is running correctly, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling bills!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it might create difficulties if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be more expensive, as only small amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer strong. Because it calls for a varying pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to lead to global warming. Because of that, it might also ultimately be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some brands have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming possibility—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy consumption by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be forwarded on to you through your utility bills.

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

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you have to have repairs. But as we went over beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant could be more expensive since there are the reduced amounts that are accessible.

In addition to that, your air conditioner often breaks down at the worst time, frequently on the warmest day when we’re receiving lots of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we suggest installing an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and may even decrease your utility bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, PWA Heating & Cooling Inc has many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 815-410-1231 to get started right away with a free estimate.

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