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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your house cold. This refrigerant is subject to environmental laws, as 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 Saint Marys, as well as how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner uses it by calling us at 912-208-2470. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will contain details on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, has 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 oversees refrigerants in the United States, barred its manufacture and import in January 2020.

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

It varies. If your air conditioning is running as designed, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling expenses!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it could lead to difficulties if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be more expensive, as only reduced amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the discontinuation of R-22, most new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Since it requires an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to contribute to global warming. Because of that, it may also ultimately be ended. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some manufacturers have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming likelihood—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy expenditure 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 expenses.

Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning Can Assist 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 mentioned earlier, repairs connected to refrigerant could be more costly since there are the low amounts available.

Not to mention, your air conditioner usually stops working at the worst time, frequently on the warmest day when we’re receiving many other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we recommend upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a trouble-free summer and can even lower your electrical bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 912-208-2470 to start today with a free estimate.

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