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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your home fresh. This refrigerant is subject to environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was installed, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Abilene, plus how these phaseouts impact you.

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

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner uses it by contacting us at 325-200-4667. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will contain information on what kind of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also called R-22, has 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, banned its production and import in January 2020.

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

It depends. If your air conditioning is working properly, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to run 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 expenses!

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

With the discontinuation of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. As it requires an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some brands have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy consumption by around 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 utility costs.

Abilene Air-Tech Inc Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you very much until you require repairs. But as we talked about previously, repairs connected to refrigerant might be more costly since there are the low amounts that are accessible.

Aside from that, your air conditioner usually malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re getting many other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we suggest upgrading to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and could even lower your electrical costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Abilene Air-Tech Inc offers many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 325-200-4667 to begin right away with a free estimate.

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