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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, as it contains chemicals.

Based on when your air conditioner was installed, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Hamilton, in addition to 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 calling us at 513-268-5164. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your home. This sticker will have details on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates 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 cooling correctly, you can continue to use it. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to last 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 bills!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could lead to an issue 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 phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer strong. As it requires a different pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to create global warming. As a consequence, it could also ultimately be phased out. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

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

In preparation of the phaseout, some manufacturers have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming likelihood—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy use by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be sent on to you through your cooling costs.

Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you very much until you require repairs. But as we discussed previously, refrigerant repairs could be more costly due to the limited levels on hand.

Aside from that, your air conditioner often malfunctions at the worst time, typically on the muggiest day when we’re receiving lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a phased out refrigerant or is getting old, we advise installing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a hassle-free summer and may even lower your cooling costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC offers many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 513-268-5164 to begin today with a free estimate.

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