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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

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

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

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it possibly contains Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at 308-646-3827. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your home. This sticker will have details on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.

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

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It varies. If your air conditioning is operating properly, you can continue to keep it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling bills!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it can cause a problem if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, as only reduced levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the end of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Since it needs a varying pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to lead to global warming. Because of that, it might also eventually be ended. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some companies have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming potential—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy use by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be forwarded on to you through your electrical bills.

Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you need repairs. But as we went over earlier, refrigerant-related repairs can be pricier due to the low amounts on hand.

Not to mention, your air conditioner frequently stops working at the worst time, typically on the muggiest day when we’re receiving a lot of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we advise getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and can even reduce your utility costs, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 308-646-3827 to start now with a free estimate.

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