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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 bound by environmental laws, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Moline, in addition to how these phaseouts affect you.

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

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it possibly contains Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 309-323-9584. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your house. This sticker will have information on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.

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

I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?

It differs. If your air conditioning is operating as designed, you can continue to keep it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to work 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 install a new air conditioner, it may lead to an issue if you require air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be more expensive, as only small 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 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 potential to lead to global warming. Because of that, it could also sometime be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some companies have started 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 around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be sent on to you through your utility bills.

Freed Heating & Air Conditioning Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we mentioned previously, repairs connected to refrigerant might be pricier due to the restricted levels that are accessible.

Not to mention, your air conditioner usually malfunctions at the worst time, typically on the warmest day when we’re receiving lots of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is getting old, we recommend getting a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a trouble-free summer and may even decrease your cooling bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 309-323-9584 to start today with a free estimate.

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