Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Based on when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Thedford, as well as 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 has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by reaching us at 519-296-4437. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your house. This sticker will include info on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.

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

I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?

It varies. If your air conditioning is running properly, you can continue to keep it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling costs!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it can create difficulties if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be higher-priced, because only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the end of R-22, most new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer strong. As it needs a varying pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to contribute to global warming. As a result, it may 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 Take the Place of R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some brands have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming likelihood—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy expenditure by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be passed on to you through your energy expenses.

Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you require repairs. But as we discussed beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant can be more costly since there are the restricted quantities on hand.

In addition to that, your air conditioner often needs repair at the worst time, often on the hottest day when we’re getting lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we recommend installing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and may even reduce your utility bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 519-296-4437 to get started now with a free estimate.