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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

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 regulation, because of the chemicals it contains.

Subject to when your air conditioner was put in, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Carpentersville, plus how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It No Longer Being Made?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 224-412-8308. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your house. This sticker will have information on what type of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also called R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its manufacture and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It differs. If your air conditioning is cooling correctly, you can continue to keep it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling costs!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could lead to a problem if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be more expensive, because only limited amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

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

However, Puron still has the likelihood to lead to global warming. As a result, it could also sometime be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been announced 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 begun 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 use by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be forwarded on to you through your energy bills.

Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you very much until you have to have repairs. But as we mentioned beforehand, refrigerant repairs can be pricier due to the limited quantities available.

Not to mention, your air conditioner frequently breaks down at the worst time, typically on the hottest day when we’re experiencing lots of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we suggest upgrading to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and might even lower your utility costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc offers many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 224-412-8308 to begin now with a free estimate.

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