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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner operates, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your house cold. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, because of the chemicals it contains.

Based on when your air conditioner was put in, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Marshfield, as well as how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Discontinued?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it possibly has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 715-384-3163. You can also inspect 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 uses.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, contains 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 manages refrigerants in the United States, barred its creation and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

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

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could cause a problem if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be higher-priced, since only small amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the end of R-22, most new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Since it requires a varying pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some manufacturers have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—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 could be passed on to you through your energy bills.

House of Heating Incorporated Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you very much until you need repairs. But as we went over beforehand, refrigerant repairs might be more expensive due to the limited quantities available.

In addition to that, your air conditioner often stops working at the worst time, typically on the muggiest day when we’re experiencing lots of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we recommend getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and can even reduce your energy costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, House of Heating Incorporated offers many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 715-384-3163 to start now with a free estimate.

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