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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner operates, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your house cold. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was put in, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Florissant, as well as how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it possibly contains Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner contains it by reaching us at 314-325-7552. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will have info on what type of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its creation and import in January 2020.

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

It differs. If your air conditioning is operating properly, you can continue to keep it. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling expenses!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could create a problem if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, since only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Because it calls for a varying pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to create global warming. As a consequence, it could also eventually be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

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

In preparation of the phaseout, some manufacturers have initiated 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 lowers energy expenditure 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 costs.

B & B Heating & Cooling Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we went over beforehand, refrigerant repairs could be pricier due to the limited amounts that are accessible.

Not to mention, your air conditioner frequently breaks down at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re getting many other calls 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 provides a hassle-free summer and may even reduce your utility expenses, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, B & B Heating & Cooling has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 314-325-7552 to get started today with a free estimate.

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