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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

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

Depending on when your air conditioner was put in, 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 Safford, 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 put in before 2010, it probably has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 928-432-6018. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will have details on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, contains 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, banned its production and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It differs. If your air conditioning is working as designed, you can continue to use it. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling expenses!

If you keep your air conditioner, it may create difficulties if you require air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, since only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

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

However, Puron still has the potential to lead to global warming. As a result, it may also ultimately be ended. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

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

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

B&D Air Conditioning Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you need repairs. But as we discussed earlier, repairs connected to refrigerant can be pricier due to the restricted amounts that are accessible.

In addition to that, your air conditioner often needs repair at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re getting a lot of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we recommend installing a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and may even decrease your utility expenses, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, B&D Air Conditioning provides many financing options to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 928-432-6018 to get started today with a free estimate.

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