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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner works, but it requires refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental regulation, as it contains chemicals.

Subject to 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 Perry, as well as how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Discontinued?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it probably uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 478-202-3076. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will contain information on what model of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also called R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, barred its creation and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It depends. If your air conditioning is operating as designed, you can continue to keep it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling bills!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it may create an issue if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be higher-priced, because only limited amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the discontinuation of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer healthy. Because it needs 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 create global warming. As a consequence, it may also eventually be ended. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take the Place of R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some brands have started 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 lowers energy use by around 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 energy costs.

Gillman Heating and Air Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we discussed earlier, refrigerant repairs could be pricier due to the limited quantities available.

Not to mention, your air conditioner typically breaks down at the worst time, frequently on the hottest day when we’re receiving a lot of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a discontinued refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we advise installing a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and might even decrease your energy bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Gillman Heating and Air provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 478-202-3076 to get started now with a free estimate.

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