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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner works, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is subject to environmental laws, because of the chemicals it contains.

Subject to when your air conditioner was added to your home, 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 Elmhurst, in addition to how these phaseouts affect you.

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

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it likely contains Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 630-570-0252. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will contain info on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that leads to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its production 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 working fine, you can continue to keep it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC 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 summertime cooling expenses!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it can create an issue if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, because only limited amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Because it requires an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some manufacturers 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 reduces energy use by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be passed on to you through your electrical costs.

Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you require repairs. But as we discussed previously, refrigerant-related repairs may be more expensive since there are the limited quantities that are accessible.

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

If your air conditioner requires a discontinued refrigerant or is getting old, we suggest upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and may even decrease your utility costs, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company offers many financing options to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 630-570-0252 to begin today with a free estimate.

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