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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your residence fresh. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, because of the chemicals it contains.

Depending on 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 Lexington, plus how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

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

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by reaching us at 336-853-6070. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your residence. This sticker will contain details on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its production and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It depends. If your air conditioning is running correctly, you can continue to use 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 replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling expenses!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it could create a problem if you need air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be pricier, because only limited amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the discontinuation of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer healthy. Because it calls for a varying pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to create global warming. As a consequence, it may also sometime be phased out. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

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

In preparation of the end, some manufacturers have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming possibility—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy consumption by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be sent on to you through your cooling costs.

James Heating & A/C, Inc Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we reviewed previously, refrigerant repairs might be more expensive because of the low quantities on hand.

Aside from that, your air conditioner often malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the hottest day when we’re receiving many other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is getting old, we advise installing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and might even lower your utility costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, James Heating & A/C, Inc has many financing programs to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 336-853-6070 to start now with a free estimate.

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