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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it requires refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is subject to environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was installed, 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 Genoa, as well as how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 847-306-8990. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your house. This sticker will include information on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its production and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It varies. If your air conditioning is operating as designed, you can continue to run it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling bills!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it could lead to difficulties if you need air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be pricier, since only small amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it needs an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some companies have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming potential—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy consumption by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be passed on to you through your cooling bills.

Assured Appliance and Heating & Air Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you a whole lot until you need repairs. But as we went over earlier, refrigerant-related repairs might be more costly due to the low amounts available.

Not to mention, your air conditioner frequently breaks down at the worst time, frequently on the warmest day when we’re getting lots of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we suggest upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and can even lower your electrical bills, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Assured Appliance and Heating & Air has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 847-306-8990 to get started right away with a free estimate.

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