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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental laws, as it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was installed, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Tucker, 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 contains Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner uses it by calling us at 770-450-1539. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your house. This sticker will include information on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.

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 leads to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its production 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 work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling bills!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could create a problem if you have to have air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be pricier, since only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the discontinuation of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to contribute to global warming. As a consequence, it might also ultimately be phased out. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

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

In preparation of the phaseout, some companies have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming potential—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy use by about 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 electrical expenses.

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

In summary, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we reviewed earlier, repairs connected to refrigerant can be more costly since there are the low amounts on hand.

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

If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we recommend getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and can even lower your utility expenses, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, ACS Heating and Air Conditioning provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 770-450-1539 to start right away with a free estimate.

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